In August, we featured Bill Condon on the blog to talk about his book Confessions of a Liar, Thief and Failed Sex God (click here to catch up). It really stood out for me when I read all the YA releases of last year – it was charming, funny, and as I’ve said a thousand times, Bill set it in 1967, which takes a lot of guts. At the time that Bill dropped by, I was still a little incensed that he hadn’t been recognised on the CBCA Older Reader’s longlist, let alone the shortlist. But now, proof there’s some justice in the world. Since he appeared, his Confessions of a Liar, Thief and Failed Sex God (I don’t think I can link to it enough) has gone on to win the PM’s Literary Award f for YA.
So, Bill, from everyone at the Boomerang Books family, congratulations on your big win. And if you’re having trouble finding a way to spend that tax-free $100,000, you know how to get in touch 😉
Confessions of a Liar, Thief and Failed Sex God REVIEW
In a time when publishing for young adults seems to privilege the here and now (and sparkly paranormal romance), Bill Condon had the guts to set his Confessions of a Liar, Thief and Failed Sex God in 1967. There are no token youth-of-today references – there’s not an iPhone or a Facebook fight in sight – instead, readers are confronted with an affecting narrative, authentic teenage voices, and an honest reflection on the adolescent male experience. It’s a timeless story with real heart.