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Issue Details: First known date: 2009 2009
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'Set in 1980s inner city Sydney, The Lucky Ones follows maverick teen Tom, as he tries to make sense of life after school.

'The novel reveals in poignant and hilarious ways the workings of a young male mind - with all its misplaced romanticism, youthful delusions, bewilderment about girls and need for adventure.

'At the heart of the story is Tom's close friendship with fellow school-leaver Cain, a compelling enigma who becomes increasingly unpredictable as he follows his impulses down a path towards self destruction.' (Publisher's blurb)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2009 .
      Extent: 211p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: 30 March 2009.
      ISBN: 9780143005698

Works about this Work

Books Ian Nichols , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 2 May 2009; (p. 20)

— Review of The Lucky Ones Tohby Riddle 2009 single work novel
Fine Tales That Defy the Label Angie Schiavone , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 2-3 May 2009; (p. 32)

— Review of The Lucky Ones Tohby Riddle 2009 single work novel ; The Winds of Heaven Judith Clarke 2009 single work novel
Shaken, Jolted and Wandering Marisa Pintado , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 30 May 2009; (p. 18)

— Review of Worldshaker Richard Harland 2009 single work novel ; The Lucky Ones Tohby Riddle 2009 single work novel
[Untitled] Rosemary Fitzgerald , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Winter vol. 17 no. 2 2009; (p. 33)

— Review of The Lucky Ones Tohby Riddle 2009 single work novel
[Untitled] Kevin Steinberger , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , May vol. 24 no. 2 2009; (p. 44)

— Review of The Lucky Ones Tohby Riddle 2009 single work novel
Know the Author/Illustrator: An Enigma Wrapped in a Riddle, Tohby Riddle James Roy , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Magpies: Talking About Books for Children , September vol. 24 no. 4 2009; (p. 8-11)
Tohby Riddle says his early career as a cartoonist at The Good Weekend was instrumental in developing his 'a habit for looking for ideas and generating them through different ways of thinking' (8). An 'art school graduate with an interest in architecture' city-scapes, buildings, and alleys form a common link in his work, a fascination Riddle says, 'began from the age of twelve or thirteen, when we moved closer to the city from a fairly bushy area north of Sydney Harbour' (9). Roy points out that Riddle's work conveys 'a certain lightness and joy' that makes his urban landscapes 'light and myterious' rather than'dark and unnerving' which Riddle arrtibutes to his love of cities eventually developing into an interest in 'the archetypal metropolis' (9-10). Riddle says, "I want my cities to appear as places where so many things are going on at once rather than some type of dystopian nightmare...reality is ambiguous and random and chaotic, and if you can just get a nice authentic slice of that into a book, then it bears repreated readings, repeated discussions about the possibilities of the meanings...' (10).
Untitled Meredith Capp , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of The Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 53 no. 3 2009; (p. 39)

— Review of The Lucky Ones Tohby Riddle 2009 single work novel
Centre Selection Erin Ritchie , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Newsletter of the Australian Centre for Youth Literature , July no. 2 2009; (p. 22)

— Review of The Lucky Ones Tohby Riddle 2009 single work novel
Untitled Deborah Robins , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 23 no. 3 2009; (p. 59)

— Review of The Lucky Ones Tohby Riddle 2009 single work novel
Books Ian Nichols , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 2 May 2009; (p. 20)

— Review of The Lucky Ones Tohby Riddle 2009 single work novel
Fine Tales That Defy the Label Angie Schiavone , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 2-3 May 2009; (p. 32)

— Review of The Lucky Ones Tohby Riddle 2009 single work novel ; The Winds of Heaven Judith Clarke 2009 single work novel
Shaken, Jolted and Wandering Marisa Pintado , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 30 May 2009; (p. 18)

— Review of Worldshaker Richard Harland 2009 single work novel ; The Lucky Ones Tohby Riddle 2009 single work novel
[Untitled] Rosemary Fitzgerald , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Winter vol. 17 no. 2 2009; (p. 33)

— Review of The Lucky Ones Tohby Riddle 2009 single work novel
[Untitled] Kevin Steinberger , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , May vol. 24 no. 2 2009; (p. 44)

— Review of The Lucky Ones Tohby Riddle 2009 single work novel
Untitled Meredith Capp , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of The Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 53 no. 3 2009; (p. 39)

— Review of The Lucky Ones Tohby Riddle 2009 single work novel
Centre Selection Erin Ritchie , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Newsletter of the Australian Centre for Youth Literature , July no. 2 2009; (p. 22)

— Review of The Lucky Ones Tohby Riddle 2009 single work novel
Untitled Deborah Robins , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 23 no. 3 2009; (p. 59)

— Review of The Lucky Ones Tohby Riddle 2009 single work novel
Know the Author/Illustrator: An Enigma Wrapped in a Riddle, Tohby Riddle James Roy , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Magpies: Talking About Books for Children , September vol. 24 no. 4 2009; (p. 8-11)
Tohby Riddle says his early career as a cartoonist at The Good Weekend was instrumental in developing his 'a habit for looking for ideas and generating them through different ways of thinking' (8). An 'art school graduate with an interest in architecture' city-scapes, buildings, and alleys form a common link in his work, a fascination Riddle says, 'began from the age of twelve or thirteen, when we moved closer to the city from a fairly bushy area north of Sydney Harbour' (9). Roy points out that Riddle's work conveys 'a certain lightness and joy' that makes his urban landscapes 'light and myterious' rather than'dark and unnerving' which Riddle arrtibutes to his love of cities eventually developing into an interest in 'the archetypal metropolis' (9-10). Riddle says, "I want my cities to appear as places where so many things are going on at once rather than some type of dystopian nightmare...reality is ambiguous and random and chaotic, and if you can just get a nice authentic slice of that into a book, then it bears repreated readings, repeated discussions about the possibilities of the meanings...' (10).
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