Shortlist year: 
2021
Shortlist category: 
Non-fiction
Published by: 
ABC Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

About the book

The Altar Boys by Suzanne Smith.

Proud altar boys, Glen Walsh and Steven Alward, were childhood friends in their working-class community in Newcastle. Steven went on to become a journalist, Glen a priest. But their lives came to be burdened by secrets kept and exposed. Glen's decision to give evidence of a cover-up of clerical abuse ended in tragedy, while Steven fought to overcome a traumatic past. Shortlisted for the 2020 Walkley Book Award, this is an explosive exposé of widespread and organised clerical abuse of children in one Australian city, and how the cover-up extended to every echelon of the Church.