Golden Boys (novel)

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Golden Boys
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AuthorSonya Hartnett
PublisherPenguin, Australia
Publication date
Media typePrint (Paperback)
Preceded byThe Children of the King

Golden Boys (2014) is a novel by Australian author Sonya Hartnett. It has been shortlisted for the 2015 Miles Franklin Award.

Plot summary[edit]

Golden Boys is a novel of lost childhood innocence, and the loss of societal patterns of behaviour that allowed young children to roam the streets in the late 70s and early 80s. The novel tells the story of two twelve-year-olds, Colt Jenson and Freya Kiley, who are moving out of childhood as they realise that their families have dark secrets.


  • Dedication: For my own sisters and brothers.


Linda Funnell in The Sydney Morning Herald found the novel considers many "sombre themes" but is "saturated in a suburban landscape of decades past, where boys ride bicycles through silent streets, play pinball machines at the local milk bar, and hang out in the mouth of the huge stormwater drain beside a patch of waste ground, untroubled by mobile phones or the internet."[1] Victoria Flanagan in Sydney Review of Books noted that the author "has a talent for writing about difficult or contentious subjects in innovative and sensitive ways".[2]

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