Wild Boys – The Book

‘It’s a tough business raising young men.’

Wild-BoysFor too long, Helena, a mother of four boys, has allowed her eldest son to call the shots. Even though Joey – an early school leaver teetering on the wrong side of the tracks – no longer lives in the family home, she does his washing, cooks his meals, hands over money for his groceries and spends her nights driving him around town with rap music shaking the car.

Helena thinks she’s found the answer for Joey after hearing charismatic youth worker Bernie Shakeshaft speak on the radio about ‘the shed’, a welding project helping struggling teenagers get back on track. On impulse, Helena decides to volunteer but, despite her encouragement, Joey refuses to be involved. Over the next few years, Helena watches and learns as Bernie teaches the young men involved to ‘man up’; and, with Bernie’s support, Helena begins to heal her relationship with her son.

Wild Boys explores the challenges of ‘tough love’
from a mother’s perspective and offers an intimate
insight into reconnecting teenagers with their families
and communities.

Wild Boys In The Media

The Armidale Express – Tough Love Kept Sons On Track

Varuna Writers House Alumni Interview

ABC Radio National: The Baptism of Idiocy

Radio New Zealand Nine To Noon Podcast

ABC Brisbane: Mornings With Steve Austin

The Sun Herald: Wild Boys: Helena Pastor’s heartbreaking story of a mother’s tough love

UNE News and Events – Wild Boys book launch

The Armidale Express – Helena’s Back Track to Writing


Northern Daily Leader (below)


Where To Buy

Wild Boys is available at Readings, and at a number of other online retailers.