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Sonya Hartnett
Born 1968 (age 52–53)
Box Hill, Victoria, Australia
Pen name Cameron S. Redfern
Occupation Writer
Language English
Nationality Australian
Period 1984–present
Genre Novels, especially young adult fiction; children's picture books
Notable awards Guardian Prize
Astrid Lindgren Award

Sonya Louise Hartnett (born 1968) is an Australian author of fiction for adults, young adults, and children. She has been called "the finest Australian writer of her generation". For her career contribution to "children's and young adult literature in the broadest sense" Hartnett won the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award from the Swedish Arts Council in 2008, the biggest prize in children's literature.

She has published books as Sonya Hartnett, S. L. Hartnett, and Cameron S. Redfern.


Hartnett was born in Box Hill, Victoria. She was thirteen years old when she wrote her first novel and fifteen when it was published for the adult market in Australia, Trouble All the Way (Adelaide: Rigby Publishers, 1984). For years she has written about one novel annually. Although she is often classified as a writer of young adult fiction, Hartnett does not consider this label entirely accurate: "I've been perceived as a young adult writer whereas my books have never really been young adult novels in the sort of classic sense of the idea." She believes the distinction is not so important in Britain as in her native land.

Many of Hartnett's books have been published in the UK and in North America. For Thursday's Child (2000, UK 2002), she won the annual Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, a once-in-a-lifetime book award judged by a panel of British children's writers. In 2008 she won the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award which is administered by the Swedish Arts Council.


Picture books

  • The Boy and the Toy (2010)
  • Come Down, Cat! (2011)

Junior fiction

Teen and young adult fiction

Adult fiction

  • Trouble All the Way (1984)
  • Sparkle and Nightflower (1986)
  • The Glass House (1990)
  • Black Foxes (1996)
  • Of a Boy (adult, 2002) (first published in the UK as What the Birds See in 2003)
    • Won – The Age Book of the Year Award (2003)
    • Won – Commonwealth Writers Prize (South East Asia and South Pacific Region, Best Book) (2003)
    • Shortlisted – Miles Franklin Award (2003)
    • Shortlisted – New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards (2003)
    • Landscape with Animals (2006), as by Cameron S. Redfern
  • Golden Boys (2014)
    • Shortlisted - Miles Franklin Award (2015)
    • Shortlisted - Christine Stead Prize for Fiction (2015)
    • Shortlisted - Victorian Premier's Literary Awards (2015)
    • Shortlisted - New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards (2015)


  • Life in Ten Houses: A Memoir (2013)
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