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Publisher's Summary

Perth, 1954. Thirteen-year-old Frank, a refugee from wartime Hungary, is learning to walk again after contracting polio.
At The Golden Age Children's Convalescent Home, he meets Elsa, and the two patients form a forbidden, passionate bond. The Golden Age becomes the little world that reflects the larger one, where everything occurs: love, desire, music, death and poetry.
Subtle, moving and remarkably lovely, The Golden Age evokes a yearning for deep connection, from one of Australia's finest and most loved novelists.
©2014 Joan London (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"London’s tale is an extraordinarily rich symbol of transition." (Australian Book Review)
"Our finest living writer of marriage and family life...her most accomplished and keenly felt work to date." (The Australian)
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By Anonymous User on 08-27-17

A struggle !

I gave up with this book and never finished it, I found the presentation flat and monotonous, the lack of pitch variation in the voice and the lack of attention to punctuation made listening hard work and I found my mind wandered. it's a shame as the story may be excellent but I was simply not able to engage with the books presentation.

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By Josh on 02-01-17

Terrible Book for School

What disappointed you about The Golden Age?

It might be a great book for some, but to me, it sucks so much. I find myself falling asleep. This may fit more to people who like to read about peoples lives, not as a school book we must read...

What was most disappointing about Joan London’s story?

The lack of any action that created suspense in the story of at least the first half

Would you be willing to try another one of Daniel Koek’s performances?

It was alright, a bit slow, but at 1.40x speed it was great for me, made the book a bit better too.

What character would you cut from The Golden Age?

I would cut the parts with the babies.

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