Author(s): Sonya Hartnett
'We must be ruthless,' Edward snarls, 'because we lead ruthless lives. This is our existence. This house, this land, that father, that mother - there's no pity, there's no mercy, there's probably no escape.' The Willow family's world is a place of strange safety and dark unease. But such a place cannot last forever. Winner of both the Victorian Premier's Literary Award Sheaffer Pen Prize and the Miles Franklin Inaugural Kathleen Mitchell Award.
Sonya Hartnett's work has won numerous Australian and international literary prizes and has been published around the world. Uniquely, she is acclaimed for her stories for adults, young adults and children. Her accolades include the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Of A Boy), The Age Book of the Year (Of A Boy), the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize (Thursday's Child), the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year for both Older and Younger Readers (Forest, The Silver Donkey, The Ghost's Child, The Midnight Zoo and The Children of the King), the Victorian Premier's Literary Award (Surrender), shortlistings for the Miles Franklin Award (for both Of a Boy and Butterfly) and the CILP Carnegie Medal (The Midnight Zoo). Hartnett is also the first Australian recipient of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (2008). In 2014, Hartnett published a new novel for adults, Golden Boys, and her third picture book, The Wild One. True Stories: Close to Home featuring Sonya Hartnett