Shortlist year: 2009

Shortlist category: Fiction

Published by: Penguin Random House

Physical and mental, sexual and literary, constructive and destructive. Coming of age in a small town peopled with big characters, fourteen-year-old Robbie Burns finds his new teacher Miss Peach the most unforgettable of all – his memories of her will haunt him for the rest of his life.

Everything I Knew challenges our determination to believe in the innocence of childhood and adolescence, and yet again shows Peter Goldsworthy to be a master of shifting tone. There is no novel quite like it in Australian literature.

About the author

Peter Goldsworthy

Peter Goldsworthy studied medicine at the University of Adelaide and worked for several years in alcohol and drug rehabilitation. Since then he has divided his time between general practice and writing.

He has won major literary awards, across many genres: poetry, short story, novels, theatre, and opera libretti. Goldsworthy’s novels have sold over 400,000 copies in Australia, and have been translated into many languages.

His first novel, Maestro, was voted by members of the Australian Society of Authors as one of the Top 40 Australian books of all time. Five of his novels have been adapted for stage and screen.