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Holding the Man - Timothy Conigrave

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In the mid-seventies at an all-boys Catholic school in Melbourne, Timothy Conigrave fell wildly and sweetly in love with the captain of the football team. So began a relationship that was to last for fifteen years, a love affair that weathered disapproval, separation and, ultimately, death.

With honesty and insight, Conigrave's bestselling memoir explores the highs and lows of any partnership: the intimacy, constraints and temptations. And the strength of heart both men had to find when they tested positive to HIV.

As uplifting as it is moving, Holding the Man is a funny, sad and celebratory account of growing up gay, and a powerful love story.

About the Author

Timothy Conigrave was born in Melbourne in 1959 and educated at Xavier College and Monash University. He trained as an actor at the National Institute of Dramatic Art, graduating in 1984. He appeared in such plays as Brighton Beach Memoirs and As Is with The Fabulous Globos. He initiated the project Soft Targets, seen at Griffin Theatre in 1986. His other plays include Blitz Kids and Thieving Boy. Timothy Conigrave died in October 1994, shortly after completing his book Holding the Man.

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4.0

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  • Easy To Read
  • Engaging characters
  • Informative
  • Page-Turner
  • Well Written

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    Great service

     
    5.0

    Heartbreaking love story

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    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Easy To Read
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      Comments about Holding the Man:

      A brilliant book about the 15 year relationship between Tim and John. It's honest, beautiful and heartbreaking.

       
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      Beautifully written

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        Comments about Holding the Man:

        Very moving story

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        Only read if you are homosexual

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        • Easy To Read

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        • Not What I Expected
        • Sickenly Graphic

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        Comments about Holding the Man:

        only readable if it analised the causes of homosexuality

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        'A fine, tender and sexy book.'
        David Marr

        'Full of compassion, candour and zest for life.'
        The Australian

        'A charming love story.'
        Herald Sun

        'Amazingly more than the sum of its parts, a book to stir you up and knock you around and wring you out.'
        Peter Robb

        ISBN: 9781742284064
        ISBN-10: 174228406X
        Format: ePUB
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 300
        Published: 2nd July 1996
        Publisher: Penguin Australia