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In a small town, everyone thinks they know you:

Charlie is a hardcore rocker, who's not as tough as he looks.

Hammer is a footy jock with big AFL dreams, and an even bigger ego.

Zeke is a shy over-achiever, never macho enough for his family.

But all three boys hide who they really are.

When the truth is revealed, will it set them free or blow them apart?

Invisible Boys (Fremantle Press, 2019) is Holden Sheppard's multi-award winning debut novel. A raw, confronting upper YA novel, it tackles homosexuality, masculinity, anger and suicide with a nuanced and unique perspective.

Set in Geraldton in regional Western Australia, the novel follows three sixteen-year-old boys in the throes of coming to terms with their homosexuality in a town where it is invisible – and so are they.

Invisible Boys depicts the complexities and trauma of rural gay identity with painful honesty, devastating consequence and, ultimately, hope.

About The Author

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Holden Sheppard is an award-winning West Australian author. His debut novel Invisible Boys (Fremantle Press, 2019) won multiple accolades, including the 2019 West Australian Premier's Prize for an Emerging Writer and the 2018 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award. The book is now being translated into French for forthcoming publication in Europe. In 2023, Invisible Boys was greenlit for production as a ten-episode TV series by Stan Australia.

Holden's second novel The Brink (Text Publishing, 2022) won the Young Adult Book of the Year Award at the 2023 Indie Book Awards. The Brink was also shortlisted for the 2023 NSW Premier's Literary Awards and the 2023 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs).

Holden's writing has been published in books including Growing Up in Country Australia (Black Inc, 2022), Hometown Haunts (Wakefield Press, 2021) and Bright Lights, No City (Margaret River Press, 2019). He has written articles for WA Today10 Daily, the Huffington Post, the ABC, DNA Magazine and FasterLouder and his creative works have been published in journals Griffith Review, Westerly, page seventeen and Indigo Journal. He graduated with Honours from Edith Cowan University’s Writing program, and in 2015 won a prestigious Australia Council grant.

Holden has been profiled in several books including Prudish Nation (Upswell Publishing, 2023), Hard Knocks (Affirm Press, 2022) and How To Be An Author (Fremantle Press, 2021). In 2022, he appeared on the hit ABC TV series You Can't Ask That (Season 7, Episode 1:  "Bogans"). Holden is an ambassador for Lifeline WA and served as Deputy Chair of Writing WA from 2019 - 2023. He is represented by Gaby Naher of Left Bank Literary.

When he's not writing, Holden can be found working out at the gym, watching or playing footy (AFL), or working as a labourer. Originally from Geraldton in the Midwest, he now lives in Perth's far north with his husband.

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