Sonya Hartnett

Sonya Hartnett is the acclaimed author of Thursday's Child, Sleeping Dogs, Of a Boy and The Midnight Zoo. She won the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for children's literature in 2008.

Articles by this author

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
The Beat Goes On
Sex and Secrets in Public Parks
In a corner of the Darling Gardens in Melbourne’s boutique inner-city suburb of Clifton Hill stands a small, well-maintained toilet block that sports a sign warning that...
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Three boys
He straightens from the grass and sees them immediately, already close, already seeing him, and he’s stunned he didn’t hear the danger coming, like you ought to hear a train....
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
The Portuguese podengo
A small breed
Among the canine entrants on the third day of competition at this year’s Royal Melbourne Show – the ethereal salukis and monolithic St Bernards, the dandyish whippets and the...
Hungry raccoons. © Bettmann / Corbis
Animal-watching abroad
Beastly travels
I was 21 when I first went to London, and impoverished, as a travelling kid usually is. Soon enough I would be afflicted by that fragile homesickness that preyed upon the...
'Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Wicked Bestiary' by David Sedaris, Little, Brown, 176pp; $24.95
‘Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Wicked Bestiary’ by David Sedaris
David Sedaris is a man of many talents but he is arguably best known for the essays recounting his childhood as an effeminate only son in 1950s suburban America; his wily sisters...