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Secret Men's Business :  Manhood : the Big Gig - John Marsden

Secret Men's Business

Manhood : the Big Gig


Published: April 1998
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This is the most urgently needed book of our time.

Where Steve Biddulph's best-selling Raising Boys talks to parents and teachers, Secret Men's Business talks to young men themselves–in the way that only John Marsden can. It sets out, in direct, honest language, the things every young man needs to know... And the things young men aren't being told.

Not just the obvious. Not just the basic. As John Marsden says: "In one way all you have to do to become a man is to stay alive. Physically you'll grow into a man.

But to become a man who is mature, independent, responsible and wise, you'll need to do more than just have birthdays."

Young men who read this book will learn how to be strong, how to be honest, how to confront their fears. They'll understand how to deal with men and women, parents and teachers, male friends and female friends. They'll get a sense of the integrity that every true man needs.

They'll find ways to resolve problems without being destructive or self-destructive.

They'll have their questions about sex answered... In clear, straightforward language.

With Tomorrow, When the War Began, John Marsden wrote the most powerful novel for teenagers ever published in this country. Now he has written the most powerful non-fiction work ever made available to young men.

About the Author

John Marsden is Australia's bestselling author for teenagers and a highly acclaimed picture book writer. His previous titles include Winter, The Head Book, The Boy You Brought Home and Millie.

John Marsden

A trained educator with a natural gift for storytelling, John Marsden is arguably Australia’s foremost writer of Young Adult fiction.

Whilst working at the prestigious Geelong Grammar School, Marsden made the decision to write for teenagers, following his dissatisfaction with his students’ apathy towards reading and the observation that teenagers simply weren’t reading any more. Marsden then wrote So Much To Tell You in only three weeks, and the book was published in 1987. The book sold record numbers and won numerous awards including “Book of the Year” as awarded by the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

In 1993 Marsden published Tomorrow, When the War Began the first book in the Tomorrow series and his most acclaimed and best-selling work to date. Recently it was selected in the American Library Association list of 100 Best Books for Teens since 1966.

Marsden has won every major writing award in Australia for young people’s fiction, including what Marsden describes as one of the highlights of his career, the 2006 Lloyd O’Neil Award for contributions to Australian publishing. This award means that Marsden is one of only five authors to be honoured for lifelong services to the Australian book industry. John Marsden was also nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2008, the world’s largest children’s and youth literature award, and the second largest literature prize in the world.

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ISBN: 9780330360746
ISBN-10: 0330360744
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 174
Published: April 1998
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.3  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Number: 1