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Boyhood

Boyhood

J. M. Coetzee

  • awardShortlisted, Best Designed Series, Australian Book Design Awards, 2020
  • Introduction by Liam Pieper

    It is up to him to somehow get beyond childhood, beyond family and school, to a new life where he will not need to pretend any more.

    A young John Coetzee struggles to exert his autonomy in this perceptive evocation of his early years in the deeply divided South Africa of the 1940s. Coetzee reflects on his formative experiences with brutal insight and clarity, laying bare the intermingled joys and tragedies of childhood against a backdrop of incongruous cruelty. Boyhood is the first of J. M. Coetzee’s masterly trio of autobiographical novels, Scenes from Provincial Life.

    J. M. Coetzee
    About the Author

    J. M. Coetzee was the first author to win the Booker Prize twice and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003. His work includes Waiting for the Barbarians, Life & Times of Michael K, The Master of Petersburg, Disgrace and Diary of a Bad Year. He lives in Adelaide.

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    About the Introducer

    Liam Pieper is an author and journalist. His first book was a memoir, The Feel-Good Hit of the Year, shortlisted for the National Biography Award and the Ned Kelly Best True Crime award. His second was the Penguin Special Mistakes Were Made, a volume of humorous essays. He was co-recipient of the 2014 M Literary Award, winner of the 2015 Geoff...

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    Extent:
    192pp
    Format:
    Paperback
    Text publication date:
    29 September 2020
    ISBN:
    9781922330062
    AU Price:
    $19.99
    NZ Price:
    $24.00
    Categories:
    Australian
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    Praise for J. M. Coetzee
    andBoyhood

    ‘Exceptional…a scorched tale of race, caste, shame, and—at times—hilarious bewilderment.’