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The Golden Child : Shortlisted for the 2017 Ned Kelly Award for Best Fiction - Wendy James

The Golden Child

Shortlisted for the 2017 Ned Kelly Award for Best Fiction

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Can bad children happen to good mothers?

Blogger Lizzy's life is buzzing, happy, normal. Two gorgeous children, a handsome husband, destiny under control. For her real-life alter-ego Beth, things are unravelling. Tensions are simmering with her husband, mother-in-law and even her own mother. Her teenage daughters, once the objects of her existence, have moved beyond her grasp and one of them has shown signs of, well, thoughtlessness...

Then a classmate of one daughter is callously bullied and the finger of blame is pointed at Beth's clever, beautiful child. Shattered, shamed and frightened, two families must negotiate worlds of cruelty they are totally ill-equipped for.

This is a novel that grapples with modern-day spectres of selfies, selfishness and cyberbullying. It plays with our fears of parenting, social media and Queen Bees, and it asks the question: just how well do you know your child?

Industry Reviews


'This is an engaging and intimate read ... 4 Stars' Australian Bookseller and Publisher 'Brilliant. Such a clever plot, and such real characters, and so very, very well written' - Danielle Hawkins, author

PRAISE FOR WENDY JAMES'S OTHER BOOKS 'A wonderful, unputdownable story by a great Australian author' - Liane Moriarty, Australian Women's Weekly

'A penetrating picture of our life and times . . . a knockout' - Canberra Times

'Cunning psychological portraits and clean prose make for an absorbing domestic thriller' - The Age

A surprising read!


This novel was mostly set in Newcastle, Australia, so very relatable, The author delved into the topics and characters with intensity and insight. However, the ending was a total surprise, which was great!

Sydney, Australia


A definite must-read


Loved this book so much as it deals with real-life issues. A gripping story with a twist at the end. Have ordered 2 more books by the same author

Darwin Australia


The Golden Child

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ISBN: 9781460752371
ISBN-10: 1460752376
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 23rd January 2017
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.4  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.47

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