The mid-'70s: 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 for HIV. This is a book as refreshing and uplifting as it is moving - a funny and sad and celebratory account of growing up gay.
©2009 Timothy Conigrave (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
loved the storyline but the reader's pronounciation of the "s" letter is ear bleeding! sounds like nails on a whiteboard! i had to lower my volume! e.g "kid(S) get harra(SS)ed at (S)chool" ouch... my eardrums.
"The most beautiful love story"
I first saw the movie and was so moved that I wanted more of the intimate story of John & Tim.
"An Beautiful Love Story!"
This is the only book the ever made me cry. A wonderful memoir of two people at the dawning of a new world and the harsh realities of opposition they faced. A true inspirational life long love story.
Beautiful, heart-wrenching, candid, true. So glad Tim was able to finish this before he passed. The movie was wonderful, one of my lifetime favourites now, but it's better to read/hear the details of what was going on in Tim's mind. This story will linger in your mind.
"One of the most real and honest books I've read!"
Tim and John's story is beautifully crafted. I was captivated by the narrative and transported to my own experience as a boy at so many places in the story. A tragic yet magical ending. I wish I had had the opportunity to know Tim and John, but thanks, Tim, for sharing so transparently your harsh yet beautiful experience. It is one I will definitely re-read. I saw the movie first and was pleased to find the book on Audible.
"I love this story, the way it was told."
There's a type of rawness to it and very heartfelt. The ending was powerful and let me wondering about Tim.
"Beautiful and heartbreaking"
This is a wonderful example of a great love. The trials they went through because of the times, being gay and of course AIDS are deeply conveyed by the author. Interesting how Tim really portrayed himself as being insensitive and selfish at times.
The narrator was very good also making you feel you were really listening to the characters talk not just a reading.
"I haven't been so moved in a long time."
This love story in the time of AIDS is a real tearjerker, but worth every drop. It captures the joy of being and loving, building friendships and dealing with the issues we still have to face today. It is not maudlin like so many stories of the era, but rather a joyous celebration of finding and loving your soul mate. While the movie was very well done, the book, with this superb reading, is the best way to experience the story. Watch the movie afterwards, and learn more about the author. This is a great autobiographical story.
A beautiful love story told in a almost perfect way. The reader did a wonderful job.
"It's Wonderful But Sad"
Stephen Phillips is a very wonderful reader. He did an excellent job bringing the book to life. I enjoyed the story. It's a book I would read/listen to again. Recommended to all.
"Hard hitting and tearful"
Gentle at first then harder. The story of living with AIDS and the impact it has in a couple.
"Powerful and Stunning"
I watched the film first (Which I never normally do) and wanted to know more. This book is one of the most amazing, poignant emotional rollercoaster of a book. What an amazing author who was taken far to soon. This book is a MUST read, just remember the tissues.
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