Holding the Man

Holding the Man

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GAY STUDIES (GAY MEN). AUSTRALIAN. The mid-seventies: at an all-boys Catholic school in Melbourne, Timothy Conigrave falls wildly and sweetly in love with the captain of the football team. So begins a relationship that weathers disapproval, separation and, ultimately death. With honesty and insight Holding the Man explores the highs and lows of any partnership, and the strength of heart both men have to find when they test positive to HIV. This is a book as refreshing and uplifting as it is moving; a funny and sad and celebratory account of growing up gay.
Publisher: Camberwell, VIC : 2009. Penguin,
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ISBN: 9780143202820
Branch Call Number: B 306.7662092 CONI
Characteristics: 286 p. ; 18 cm


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Mar 07, 2016

Not sure if this is a memoir or an autobiography but it reads like a work of fiction. The story chronicles a 15 year relationship between 2 men (one being the author) who meet as pupils in a Catholic High School in Melbourne. It is told in an unabashed, unapologetic and candid style without literary pretensions. The unique trials and tribulations of a same sex relationship make the love story really affecting and poignant but ultimately tragic. This was the early days of HIV, branded as the "gay plague" when little concern was shown by governments in committing resources to either research or prevention. Treatment was still experimental and sadly both men died of AIDS related illnesses within 2 years of each other whilst only in their mid 30's . This book gave me a visceral wallop and is one of my best reads ever!

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