Shortlist year: 
2015
Shortlist category: 
Fiction
Published by: 
Random House Australia

About the book

Book cover image: The Golden Age by Joan London.
Winner

This is a story of resilience, the irrepressible, enduring nature of love, and the fragility of life.

It is 1954 and thirteen-year-old Frank Gold, refugee from wartime Hungary, is learning to walk again after contracting polio in Australia. At the Golden Age Children's Polio Convalescent Hospital in Perth, he sees Elsa, a fellow-patient, and they form a forbidden, passionate bond. The Golden Age becomes the little world that reflects the larger one, where everything occurs, love and desire, music, death, and poetry.