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Golden Age by Joan London

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Golden Age by Joan London

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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. It was the winner of the 2015 Queensland Literary Award for Fiction and Nita B. Kibble Award. It was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin, the Stella Prize, the NSW Premier's Award, the ALS Gold Medal and the Australian Book Industry Awards.