Author(s): Sonya Hartnett
Internationally published author: the US, Canada, Germany, Italy, Norway and Denmark. Award winning author. 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, shopping centres 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 €¦Sonya Hartnett captures perfectly the tenderness and skewed perceptions of childhood. Of a Boy is a heartbreaking work of exceptional storytelling.
Sonya Hartnett is the internationally acclaimed author of several novels, including Thursday's Child (winner of the 2002 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize) and Forest (winner of the 2002 Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year: Older Readers). Her adult novel, Of a Boy, won The Age Book of the Year Award in 2003 and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. The Silver Donkey was CBC Book of the Year (Young readers) in 2005. Surrender was shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year Award and the Aurealis Award - Fantasy Division in 2005. In 2008, Sonya Hartnett became the first Australian recipient of The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.