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From an exceptional new voice in Aussie YA
Henry Hamlet’s Heart is a passionate story of growing up, letting go and learning how to love.

I’m losing it because I kissed you / Because I kissed you, I might lose you.

We are thrilled to introduce Rhiannon Wilde and her debut Henry Hamlet’s Heart to readers. Here are just four of many reasons why we love this YA novel:

 

 

About the book

Henry Hamlet doesn’t know what he wants after school ends. It’s his last semester of year twelve and all he’s sure of is his uncanny ability to make situations awkward. Luckily, he can always hide behind his enigmatic best friend, Len. They’ve been friends since forever, but where Len is mysterious, Henry is clumsy; where Len is a heart-throb, Henry is a neurotic mess. Somehow it’s always worked.

That is, until Henry falls. Hard. For the last person he imagined.

 

 

About the author

Rhiannon Wilde was a high school English teacher before devoting herself to writing full-time in Brisbane cafes while wearing Elton John-esque outfits and listening to Cub Sport. Henry Hamlet’s Heart is her first novel and won the State Library of Queensland Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer in 2019.

Visit Rhiannon’s websiteInstagram.

 

Author Q&A

Q: What drew you to write a YA novel specifically?
A: I love YA stories because they centre on the time in everyone’s life when they’re figuring out who they are – however exciting, terrifying or messy that may be.

Q: Henry Hamlet’s Heart is very much set in Brisbane. How much was place an influence on the story?
A: When writing the first draft I lived on the north side of the city and worked on the south side, so I was driving across most of Brisbane each day. Lots of bridges, buildings, blue skies and Jacaranda trees. I’d sit in traffic running late because I had stopped for coffee and think: there’s a setting here.

Q: What do you hope readers will take from the story of Henry and Len?
A: Henry and Len’s journey was inspired by several real-life stories about those friendships which are maybe-definitely more than that. I hope readers take away that it’s (always) okay to love whomever you love.

Q: And can you tell us what your soundtrack was as you wrote the book?
A: Yes! Music is a big part of my writing process. I listened to a mix of classic emo bangers (My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, All Time Low, Panic!) and contemporary stuff (every Cub Sport album, lovelytheband, Bleachers, Gflip). Sometimes a song would inspire a scene – ‘This is Gospel’ by Panic! at the Disco and ‘Everybody Lost Somebody’ by Bleachers both unlocked pivotal moments in Henry’s story. It also didn’t hurt that the Bard Taylor Swift released two albums while I was editing everything last year.

 

Book details

Henry Hamlet’s Heart is coming on 29 June 2021

ISBN 978072263149 / RRP $19.99 / B format paperback

Read a sample chapter now.

Teacher’s notes will be available on publication at uqp.com.au

 

Advance reading copy giveaway

UQP has thirty advance reading copies available for giveaway.
To be in the running email UQP.

 

 

 

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