Sonya Hartnett’s latest novel – The Golden Boys has been shortlisted for the 2015 Miles Franklin Award. A comprehensive unit of work for The Golden Boys is available for download here Teachers-Unit-Golden-Boys
With their father, there’s always a catch . . .
Colt Jenson and his younger brother Bastian have moved to a new, working-class suburb. The Jensons are different. Their father, Rex, showers them with gifts – toys, bikes, all that glitters most – and makes them the envy of the neighbourhood.
To Freya Kiley and the other local kids, the Jensons are a family from a magazine, and Rex a hero – successful, attentive, attractive, always there to lend a hand. But to Colt he’s an impossible figure in a different way: unbearable, suffocating. Has Colt got Rex wrong, or has he seen something in his father that will destroy their fragile new lives?
Sonya Hartnett’s latest novel for adults is an unflinching and utterly compelling work from one Australia’s finest writers.