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  • Published: 27 August 2014
  • ISBN: 9780143571759
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $19.99
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Of a Boy




The year is 1977, and Adrian is nine. He lives with his gran and his uncle Rory; his best friend is Clinton Tull. He loves to draw and he wants a dog; he's afraid of quicksand and self-combustion.

Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize

The year is 1977, and Adrian is nine. He lives with his gran and his uncle Rory; his best friend is Clinton Tull. He loves to draw and he wants a dog; he's afraid of quicksand and self-combustion. Adrian watches his suburban world, but there is much he cannot understand. He does not for instance, know why three neighbourhood children might set out to buy ice-cream and never come back home . . .

'Far away the best new Australian piece of fiction I have read, rivalling the achievements of Thursday's child.' Peter Craven, The Age

'The writing is spare, the images crystalline . . .remarkable.' The Guardian (UK)

'Hartnett's work is a gem, the climax as taut as a triller and . . . heart wrenching.' Weekend Australian

'Effortlessly moving form matter-of-fact to mystical, at times exquisitely painful to read, Of a Boy is an almost suffocatingly powerful evocation of the emotional life of the very young . . . [for] anyone who recalls being a child. And everyone who doesn't.' Sydney Morning Herald

'Sonya Hartnett's Hauntingly beautiful part-family drama, part-mystery, captures the vulnerability of childhood and has a high-voltage ending you'll find hard to forget.' Australian Women's Weekly

  • Pub date: 27 August 2014
  • ISBN: 9780143571759
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Sonya Hartnett

Sonya Hartnett's work has won numerous Australian and international literary prizes and has been published around the world. Uniquely, she is acclaimed for her stories for adults, young adults and children. Her accolades include the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Of A Boy), The Age Book of the Year (Of A Boy), the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize (Thursday's Child), the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year for both Older and Younger Readers (Forest, The Silver Donkey, The Ghost's Child, The Midnight Zoo and The Children of the King), the Victorian Premier's Literary Award (Surrender), shortlistings for the Miles Franklin Award (for both Of a Boy and Butterfly) and the CILP Carnegie Medal (The Midnight Zoo). Hartnett is also the first Australian recipient of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (2008).

Golden Boys, Sonya’s third novel for adults, was shortlisted for the 2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award and she also published her third picture book, The Wild One in 2014.

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Awards & Recognition

  • Commonwealth Writers Prize (UK)

    Winner • 2003 • Best Book

  • The Age Book of the Year

    Winner • 2003 • Fiction

  • NSW Premier's Literary Awards

    Shortlisted • 2003 • Fiction

  • Orange Prize for Fiction (UK)

    Longlisted • 2003 • Fiction

  • The Miles Franklin Literary Award

    Shortlisted • 2003 • Fiction

  • Victorian Premier's Literary Award

    Shortlisted • 2003 • Fiction

  • International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

    Longlisted • 2004 • Fiction


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