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Golden Boy : A compelling, brave novel about coming to terms with being intersex

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Abigail Tarttelin 'is a natural storyteller' (Matt Haig, METRO), and she has written 'a poignant, brave and important book' (S.J. Watson) about a young boy coming to terms with being intersex. Max Walker: blue-eyed boy or girl next door? To the outside world, Max Walker is a golden boy: a loving son and brother, the perfect student, captain of the football team and every girl's dream boyfriend. But Max was born intersex - neither fully boy nor fully girl. Now something terrible has happened to him, the consequences of which have left him questioning his true identity. Can the people around him - his girlfriend, his classmates, his ambitious parents - accept him for who he is? Or will Max's secret life tear his world apart?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 129 x 197 x 27mm | 305g
  • WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1780224591
  • 9781780224596
  • 56,195

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Terrific. A poignant, brave and important book. S J WATSON, author of Before I Go to Sleep
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Golden Boy is an undeniably one of the most incredible books I have ever read...Such an important novel, one I wish everyone would read, one I feel should be read in schools. It's perfect, and I am so, so glad I've had the opportunity to read it. * www.onceuponabookcase.co.uk * Tarttelin broaches the topic of intersexuality bravely, describes the crimes committed against Max intensely, and evokes his ensuing emotions poignantly. A highly praised new author, her fresh, modern approach and contemporary writing style result in an inimitably of-the-moment novel which is beautifully matter-of-fact, eloquently meditative and fearlessly action-packed, all at once. * WE LOVE THIS BOOK * An original read about a young person in an extraordinary situation... Unlike anything you will have read before... Brave, unique and utterly compelling. This is a book that will certainly make you think about life. * HEAT MAGAZINE * An astonishingly good novel covering a rarely touched topic. * SO SO GAY * Golden Boy is an undeniably one of the most incredible books I have ever read...Such an important novel, one I wish everyone would read, one I feel should be read in schools. It's perfect, and I am so, so glad I've had the opportunity to read it. * www.onceuponabookcase.co.uk * Tarttelin broaches the topic of intersexuality bravely, describes the crimes committed against Max intensely, and evokes his ensuing emotions poignantly. A highly praised new author, her fresh, modern approach and contemporary writing style result in an inimitably of-the-moment novel which is beautifully matter-of-fact, eloquently meditative and fearlessly action-packed, all at once. * WE LOVE THIS BOOK * An original read about a young person in an extraordinary situation... Unlike anything you will have read before... Brave, unique and utterly compelling. This is a book that will certainly make you think about life. * HEAT MAGAZINE * If a book with literary ambition should both inform and entertain, as well as make you see the world in a different way, if only slightly, then Tarttelin has certainly achieved that. -- Peter Raynard * LITRO * I knew I was really into this when I missed my stop on the bus! It's about gold-star pupil, Max, and his MP dad, who have to deal with a hidden family secret surfacing. * COMPANY * a coming-of-age story worth seeking out from a young author widely tipped for great things * DIVA * A warmly human coming-of-age story... [Max's] desperate search for identity is gripping, emotionally engaging, and genuinely unforgettable, as, indeed, is this accomplished first novel. * BOOKLIST (USA) * A gripping read. [Tarttelin] is a natural storyteller. -- Matt Haig * METRO * Terrific. A poignant, brave and important book. * S J WATSON, author of Before I Go to Sleep *
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About Abigail Tarttelin

Abigail Tarttelin's first novel, FLICK, was heralded as a slow-burn cult classic by GQ magazine. She is still only in her mid twenties but is the Books Editor for PHOENIX fashion magazine, blogs for the HUFFINGTON POST and acts in films including the French/English festival favourite TAXI RIDER. And in 2013 she was selected by the EVENING STANDARD as one of London's hottest 25 Under 25 in their Power 1000. She lives in London and is currently working on her third novel. Connect with her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/abigailsbrain at her website www.abigailtarttelin.com or on Instagram www.instagram.com/civilizedanimal
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6,511 ratings
4.08 out of 5 stars
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4 37% (2,440)
3 17% (1,088)
2 4% (287)
1 2% (126)
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