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Text Publishing Company
29 September 2020
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
It is up to him to somehow get beyond childhood, beyond family and school, to a new life where he will not need to pretend any more.

A young John Coetzee struggles to exert his autonomy in this perceptive evocation of his early years in the deeply divided South Africa of the 1940s. Coetzee reflects on his formative experiences with brutal insight and clarity, laying bare the intermingled joys and tragedies of childhood against a backdrop of incongruous cruelty. Boyhood is the first of J. M. Coetzee's masterly trio of autobiographical novels, Scenes from Provincial Life.
By:   J. M. Coetzee
Introduction by:   Liam Pieper
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   150g
ISBN:   9781922330062
ISBN 10:   192233006X
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   29 September 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

J. M. Coetzee was the first author to win the Booker Prize twice and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003. His work includes Waiting for the Barbarians, Life and Times of Michael K, The Master of Petersburg, Disgrace and Diary of a Bad Year. He lives in Adelaide.

Reviews for Boyhood

'Exceptional...a scorched tale of race, caste, shame, and-at times-hilarious bewilderment.' * New Yorker *


  • Long-listed for Best Designed Series, Australian Book Design Awards 2020 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Best Designed Series, Australian Book Design Awards 2020 (Australia)

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