Holding the Man

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Penguin Random House, Jul 30, 2015 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
Now a major feature film directed by Neil Armfield and starring Ryan Corr, Craig Stott, Kerry Fox, Camilla Ah Kin and Sarah Snook with Guy Pearce and Anthony LaPaglia.

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 memoirexplores 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 Manis a funny, sad and celebratory account of growing up gay, and a powerful love story.

'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

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User Review  - dono421846 - LibraryThing

Having watched the movie twice, I felt a desire to read the original book. Although the movie is strong, the book is infinitely better. The full details make for a more compelling, realistic narrative ... Read full review

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This book is devastatingly beautiful, and was very difficult to get through on several levels. This book served as a coming of age story, memoir, and love story all in one. What made the memoir so ... Read full review

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About the author (2015)

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 Memoirsand As Iswith The Fabulous Globos. He initiated the project Soft Targets, seen at Griffin Theatre in 1986. His other plays include Blitz Kidsand Thieving Boy. Timothy Conigrave died in October 1994, shortly after completing his book Holding the Man.

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