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  • My Year of Darkness, and the Light That Followed
  • By: Shannon Molloy
  • Narrated by: Shannon Molloy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (161 ratings)

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Fourteen

By: Shannon Molloy
Narrated by: Shannon Molloy
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Publisher's Summary

Optioned for a major film, 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 fourteenth 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.

Longlisted for the 2021 ABIA Biography Book of the Year

"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)

"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)

"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
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  • Categories: LGBTQ+

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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Inspiring!

I have gotten lots of audiobooks, many of which I really enjoyed, but this one really has given me the most hope for my future. It has inspired me that things can and will get better, for everyone.

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Buy this book for any young person who may be struggling with their sexuality

A wonderful, moving, and at times traumatic story, but uplifting at the same time. Beautifully read. Strongly recommended, especially for young people struggling with their sexuality and their supporters.

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A growing up story

Loved it. Told with passion, it's a rollercoaster journey of a young teen who's very unsure of his place in life(weren't we all at that age!) An in-depth account of how to survive the teen years when you think you're gay.

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Fantastic

fantastically written fantastically narrated, I would recommend this book to everyone especially those having trouble fitting in

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I cried for the right reasons

This book is a great example of what many queer kids have had to endure at school. Even more so, a school in a small, uncultured town. Shannon's story is very hard to hear at times, lots of horrible abusive situations. however there is the amazing bits. His steadfast female friends, the support of his mum and dad, who clearly did their best given limitations. Let's not forget the Youth Worker, Rhonda. A light in the story. This is a real, and brave telling of what it can be like to be queer and 14. I cried in the prologue, where we hear how things got better. followed by some hard things, but these were endured by an adult. Thank you Shannon for telling a part of your story, a part that would have effected you forever.

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So many tears...

I had a comparitively easy ride in my coming out, however I relate to Shannon's experiences on a very deep level, viscerally reacting to every experience he skillfully described. Thankyou for putting me back in touch with many of the dark yet important life lessons I learnt in my early teens.

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Difficult to listen, to connect, to follow

An emotional roller coaster of a story. Sad and heartfelt but found it difficult to connection and imagine. Found it very hard to follow unlike some other stories. Don’t think I was able to finish and didn’t enjoy it - compared to titles like Barracuda, The Adversary.

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Overwhelming insightful

What an insight into small town Australian life, the up & terrible down of being different effected me to my soul.
Thank you & keep writing please.

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Love this book

What a beautifully written memoir. It actually made me emotional in so many parts (which is not something that is the norm for me). I loved the raw honesty and the ending was fabulous. It would be a great read for any kids who are being bullied or feeling lost in the world. Well done Shannon, keep being fabulous in the world!!

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What a Team

So moving.. beautifully written.. and such a fabulous play.
The only thing that was negative was all the horrid things that happened to that poor innocent 14 yr old boy. Made worse because these truly happened. I love your mum and family and you are a truly inspiring and brave person Thankyou for sharing

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