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Fourteen

My Year of Darkness, and the Light That Followed
Narrated by: Shannon Molloy
Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Fourteen is this generation's Holding the Man - a moving coming-of-age memoir about a young man's search for identity and acceptance in the most unforgiving and hostile of places: high school.

This is a story about my 14th year of life as a gay kid at an all-boys rugby-mad Catholic school in regional Queensland. It was a year in which I started to discover who I was, and deeply hated what was revealed. It was a year in which I had my first crush and first devastating heartbreak. It was a year of torment, bullying and betrayal - not just at the hands of my peers, but by adults who were meant to protect me.

And it was a year that almost ended tragically.

I found solace in writing and my budding journalism; in a close-knit group of friends, all growing up too quickly together; and in the fierce protection of family and a mother's unconditional love. These were moments of light and hilarity that kept me going.

As much as Fourteen is a chronicle of the enormous struggle and adversity I endured, and the shocking consequences of it all, it’s also a tale of survival.

Because I did survive.

"Teenagers should read this book, parents should read this book. Human beings, above all, should read this book." (Rick Morton best-selling author of One Hundred Years of Dirt)

"I love this book...a beautifully written account of a young man struggling with his sexuality, overcoming shocking abuse and finding his way to pride." (Peter FitzSimons, best-selling author)

"Shannon is unflinching in recounting the horror, but he is also funny, empathetic and, above all, full of courage." (Bridie Jabour, author of The Way Things Should Be)   

"A slice of life as experienced quite recently in the 'lucky country'." (The Hon Michael Kirby, AC CMG)

"Intensely raw and incredibly moving." (OUTinPerth)

"A book in which many will undoubtably see themselves and take solace." (The Age)

©2020 Shannon Molloy (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Australia

Critic Reviews

"Shannon's bitter struggle is painfully recognisable and happening in playgrounds around the world. But he not only triumphs, he relives his past using his best weapon: beautiful words." (Australian Women’s Weekly)

"A stunning memoir about heartbreak and acceptance...a unique, hilarious and bittersweet insight into the heart of a boy, the courage of survival, and the fierce love of a mother." (Frances Whiting, Courier Mail

"Australia hasn’t changed all that much from what Shannon describes in Fourteen. Marriage equality isn’t the end; there is still such a long way to go, and books like this are an important part of that journey." (FIVE STARS. Good Reading

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Loved this book!

Took me back to my own teenage years growing up in Canberra and although Shannon’s story was distressing there was always a positive undertone, good things happening in his background, that you knew he was going to be OK.
Having Shannon as narrator was also special.

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Brilliant

Heart wrenchingly amazing. Such an important story to hear and learn from. What a brave soul - I couldn’t stop listening.

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Amazing book

This was an amazing story to read, I highly recommend this book, especially for anyone that maybe be struggling in early teen life. Just wonderful.