The Golden Age

The Golden Age

By Joan London

This is a story of resilience, the irrepressible, enduring nature of love, and the fragility of life, from one of Australia's most loved novelists.

It is 1954 and thirteen-year-old Frank Gold, refugee from wartime Hungary, is learning to walk again after contracting polio in Australia. At the Golden Age Children’s Polio Convalescent Home in Perth, he sees Elsa, a fellow patient, and they form a forbidden, passionate bond. The Golden Age becomes the little world that reflects the larger one, where everything occurs: love and desire, music, death, and poetry. It is a place where children must learn they’re alone, even within their families.

Subtle, moving and remarkably lovely, The Golden Age evokes a time past and a yearning for deep connection, from one of Australia’s finest and most-loved novelists.

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Paperback

9780857989000

August 3, 2015

Vintage Australia

RRP $19.99

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Trade Paperback

9781741666441

August 1, 2014

Vintage Australia

RRP $32.99

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EBook

9780857981547

August 1, 2014

RHA eBooks Adult

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Awards & Recognition

2016

Western Australian Premier's Book Awards

Shortlisted

2015

Prime Minister's Literary Awards

Winner

2015

NSW Premier's People's Choice Award

Joint Winner

2015

The Stella Prize

Shortlisted

2015

Australian Book Industry Awards

Shortlisted

2015

NSW Premier's Literary Awards

Shortlisted

2015

Shortlisted

2015

Nita B Kibble Literary Awards

Winner

2015

ALS Gold Medal Award

Shortlisted

2015

Queensland Literary Awards

Winner