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Publisher's Summary

A funny and heart-warming coming-of-age story, set in a rural Australian community, about 17-year-old Jackson finding the courage to explore who he is, even if it scares him.

'I don't paint so much anymore,' I say, looking to my feet.

'Oh. Well, I got a boy who needs to do some art. You can help him out,' Aunty Pam says, like I have no say in the matter, like she didn't hear what I just said about not painting so much anymore. 'Jackson, this is Tomas. He's living with me for a little while.'

It's a hot summer, and life's going all right for Jackson and his family on the Mish. It's almost Christmas, school's out and he's hanging with his mates, teasing the visiting tourists, avoiding the racist boys in town. Just like every year, Jackson's Aunty and annoying little cousins visit from the city - but this time a mysterious boy with a troubled past comes with them.... As their friendship evolves, Jackson must confront the changing shapes of his relationships with his friends, family and community. And he must face his darkest secret - a secret he thought he'd locked away for good.

Compelling, honest and beautifully written, The Boy from the Mish is about first love, identity and the superpower of self-belief.

Gary Lonesborough is a Yuin man, who grew up on the Far South Coast of NSW as part of a large and proud Aboriginal family. Growing up a massive Kylie Minogue and North Queensland Cowboys fan, Gary was always writing as a child and continued his creative journey when he moved to Sydney to study at film school. Gary has experience working in Aboriginal health, the disability sector (including experience working in the Youth Justice System) and the film industry. He was Bega Valley Shire Council Young Citizen of the Year, won the Patrick White Young Indigenous Writers' Award and has received a Copyright Agency First Nations Fellowship. The Boy from the Mish is Gary's debut novel.

©2021 Gary Lonesborough (P)2021 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"A book I've been searching for over my whole career...[it] awed me with the power of its storytelling." (David Levithan, Scholastic US editorial director)

"Honest. Funny. Beautiful. This book is all the things." (Gabbie Stroud)  

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Wonderful story

The coming of age story so many LGBTQI teens need. Especially important with it’s telling of the Indigenous experience. Such beautiful characters, and representation of family, culture and friendship.

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love this book

Beautiful coming of age story, absolutely loved it. Well written and easy to read. Finished over a few days....highly recommend this book. Also loved Meyne Wyatt as the narrator.

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Incredible story

This was an incredibly well written and well narrated story. I look forward to many more sessions listening to this. Brilliant job everyone involved

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A remarkable debut from a perspective unseen

Meyne Wyatt delivers a well paired performance of this coming of age story from a perspective rarely represented in fiction, let alone YA. I felt the characters really came alive and hearing it read engaged an authenticity that some readers unfamiliar indigenous voices may miss on first glance when experiencing the work in paperback.

Highly recommend this novel.

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Beautiful, moving, inspiring

I loved every moment of this incredibly beautiful novel and this perfect performance. I cried often, smiled often, and felt so close to Jackson and Thomas as they experienced those extraordinary first feelings of deep attraction and love. I hope this important book finds its way to, and reaches into, the hearts of every person who needs it.

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Brilliant

The account speaks for so many of us POC gay boys whilst growing up in a community and being afraid to come out. Love that the community spirit is outlined as supportive to him coming out as gay. Absolutely enjoyed listening this and will be sharing it with families and friends. Thank you

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I loved this book! What a beautiful telling of culture, growing up and finding yourself in and through love. The narrators voice is perfect and aids in world building and injecting humor and soul into the characters.

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The best way to start 2022

I can not recommend this book enough. Beautifully written with characters you feel like you know. The narration was emotive and clear. Can’t wait to listen again.

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Unforgettable

Beautiful exploration of identity, belonging, and sexuality. A story I couldn’t put down, and which has given me insights into a experience very different to my own.

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