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Sonya Hartnett is considered one of Australia's outstanding literary novelists in the young adult genre. Her first novel, Trouble All the Way, was published when she was a teenager and she continues to publish about one novel a year. Sonya lives in Melbourne with her dog Shilo and cats, Marcus and Morgan.
Sonya’s novels usually contain; cadence and smooth writing style, intense dramatic conflict, memorable characterisation and frequent less-than-happy endings. She says that she prefers to write from a male perspective.
Her books have won numerous Australian and international literary prizes and has been published around the world. 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). Sonya was also the first Australian recipient of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (2008).
With over 30 books published, some of her first titles include Of a Boy, Thursday’s Child, Princess, Sleeping Dogs, and Trouble all the Way.
She has recently published her latest novel, Golden Boys, which has been described as unflinching and compelling.
The Literature Centre has exhibited the original artwork (by Lucia Masciullo) of one of Sonya's books for children, The Boy and The Toy.
For more information about Sonya visit her website www.sonyahartnett.com.au