Shortlisted for the 2017 Text Prize
As soon as I finish school I'll have the car packed. I'll thunder past the dull cardboard boxes that Banarang calls shops, I'll skim over the Bridge Street potholes without feeling a bump and I'll fly up the freeway, bound for the city and civilisation.
Bones Carter is done with Banarang and his backwater existence. There's not much to do but hang out with his friends, make bad rap music and count down the days until the end of school and the beginning of his new life in the city.
Then Naya comes to town. Brilliant, black and beautiful, she wants to change the world. She thinks Bones is a well of untapped potential. Bones thinks she's delusional--but she makes him feel more hopeful than he has in a long time.
Boneslandis a wild ride through the small-town agonies of adolescence, packed with sex, drugs, love and hip-hop.
Brendan Lawleyis a writer living in Melbourne. Boneslandis his first novel.
'This amusing, poignant coming-of-age story deftly addresses some of the issues facing today's teens, from mental health to social media, and puts a fresh spin on a familiar message about the value of being yourself.' Books+Publishing
'This debut from Melbourne-based Brendan Lawley is bursting with quirky humour and incredible heart as he chronicles the small-town agonies of adolescence. You're right there besides Bones as he rides wave after wave of emotion, laughing at and rolling along with his bumbling every move. There's so much to love about this teen and the young author who created him.' Herald Sun
'...has the raw feel of authenticity about it...a book impressively full of energy and, unexpectedly, heart.' Adelaide Advertiser
Brendan Lawley is a writer living in Melbourne. Many of the events depicted in Bonesland are inspired by his and others' experiences growing up in country Victoria. This is his first novel.