Acts of Love
In these three acts of love, John Lonie writes of that sacred and universal command as seen through the prism of gay men.
In Friend of Dorothy, a boy leaves home. It's southern Queensland in the early 70s and Adrian lives in a paradise of rainforests and empty beaches; he's young and alive with a raw instinct for sex but not for who he really is. Into this innocence comes cosmopolitan Miss Ruthven, his new English teacher, who creates a powerful, challenging version of the world outside.
Leo Day, TV star, finally meets Mr Right while on holidays in Los Angeles, fulfilling his Aunt Effie's prophesy, 'You will meet a man, and he will change your life.' Que Sera Sera is a story of the path from lust to true love. 'But there is danger for you,' Aunt Effie had added - but Leo never remembered that.
In The Story of Harold Friday, 'Lucky' Friday was the youngest in the platoon at war on Bougainville in 1945 and was overwhelmed and taken, not by a bullet, but by love. Now, on Anzac Day 50 years later, Harold is set to confront the consequences of that love.
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