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The truth will out in this gritty, cool and brilliantly compelling novel from one of the hippest young authors around.

About the Author

Abigail Tarttelin's first novel, FLICK, was heralded as a slow burn cult classic by GQ Magazine. She is still only twenty-five, but is the Books Editor for PHOENIX fashion magazine, blogs for the HUFFINGTON POST and acts in films including the French/English festival favourite TAXI RIDER.
ABIGAIL TARTTELIN is a 25 year old novelist, actress and Books Editor for Phoenix Magazine. In her spare time she reviews books for the Huffington Post and blogs about her adventures on youtube. Abby's first novel, FLICK, published 2011, was dubbed a 'slow burn cult classic' to be by GQ.

Her sophomore novel, GOLDEN BOY, is forthcoming from Weidenfeld & Nicolson on May 9th. Featured this month in Vogue, GOLDEN BOY has been hailed as 'A poignant, brave and important book' by bestselling author SJ Watson.
She also campaigns on women's and young people's issues as Chairperson of performers' and artists' union Equity's Young Members' Committee. She lives in London and is currently working on her third novel.
Watch her perform here (linked to


Terrific. A poignant, brave and important book. * S J WATSON, author of Before I Go to Sleep *
A gripping read. [Tarttelin] is a natural storyteller. -- Matt Haig * METRO *
A warmly human coming-of-age story... [Max's] desperate search for identity is gripping, emotionally engaging, and genuinely unforgettable, as, indeed, is this accomplished first novel. * BOOKLIST (USA) *
a coming-of-age story worth seeking out from a young author widely tipped for great things * DIVA *
I knew I was really into this when I missed my stop on the bus! It's about gold-star pupil, Max, and his MP dad, who have to deal with a hidden family secret surfacing. * COMPANY *
If a book with literary ambition should both inform and entertain, as well as make you see the world in a different way, if only slightly, then Tarttelin has certainly achieved that. -- Peter Raynard * LITRO *
An original read about a young person in an extraordinary situation... Unlike anything you will have read before... Brave, unique and utterly compelling. This is a book that will certainly make you think about life. * HEAT MAGAZINE *
Tarttelin broaches the topic of intersexuality bravely, describes the crimes committed against Max intensely, and evokes his ensuing emotions poignantly. A highly praised new author, her fresh, modern approach and contemporary writing style result in an inimitably of-the-moment novel which is beautifully matter-of-fact, eloquently meditative and fearlessly action-packed, all at once. * WE LOVE THIS BOOK *
Golden Boy is an undeniably one of the most incredible books I have ever read...Such an important novel, one I wish everyone would read, one I feel should be read in schools. It's perfect, and I am so, so glad I've had the opportunity to read it. * *
An astonishingly good novel covering a rarely touched topic. * SO SO GAY *

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