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Joan London


Joan London

Joan London is a bookseller and author living in Perth. She is the author of two short story collections --- SISTER SHIPS, which won The Age Book of the Year, and LETTER TO CONSTANTINE, which won the Steele Rudd Award as well as the West Australian Premier’s Award for Fiction --- and three novels: GILGAMESH, THE GOOD PARENTS and THE GOLDEN AGE.

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Joan London

Books by Joan London

by Joan London - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Thirteen-year-old Frank Gold’s family, Hungarian Jews, escape the perils of World War II to the safety of Australia in the 1940s. But not long after their arrival, Frank is diagnosed with polio. He is sent to a sprawling children’s hospital called The Golden Age, where he meets Elsa, the most beautiful girl he has ever seen, a girl who radiates pure light. Frank and Elsa fall in love, fueling one another’s rehabilitation, facing the perils of polio and adolescence hand in hand, and scandalizing the prudish staff of The Golden Age. Meanwhile, Frank and Elsa’s parents must cope with their changing realities.