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Publisher's Summary

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
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5 out of 5 stars
By Lee Kelly on 09-08-16

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.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Ijeoma on 02-08-18

An Informative and Interesting Book

I would give this audiobook 5 stars, but Tim cheated on John so many times. In fact, it makes me question how much he loved him because it doesn’t make sense to cheat on someone you love. He didn’t always want to take care of him when he (John) was sick and he wanted to sleep on their couch instead of their bed because John coughed excessively. I don’t think this is fair. Tim judged people for having AIDS and he doesn’t see anything wrong with Nestle’s history in Africa and thinks his friend Ian is overreacting when he decides to boycott Nescafé. Aside from these things, it’s interesting, informative, honest, funny, moving, and romantic. This book showed me the importance of educating myself about AIDS and having safe sex. Tim brought boyish adolescence to life and as someone who isn’t Catholic, I enjoyed listening to how they practice their religion. This audiobook is filled with lots of passion between John and Tim, which makes it more upsetting that Tim would have as many affairs as he did. Maybe I have trouble understanding the affairs because I’m not a gay man, but saying this would mean that every gay man is promiscuous and this is not true. Last, but not least, the narrator (Stephen Phillips) is exceptionally good. He is Australian. I hope he narrates more books. He really did a wonderful job!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Andy Sargeant on 06-28-16

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 01-13-18

Raw and relevant.

Loved it. Brutally reflecting what might have happened to me. and what did not. Re awakened my fears and encouraged my celebration of life as is now unfolds.

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5 out of 5 stars
By William Nauenburg on 08-03-17

Just a must read/listen book

I have seen the movie, watched the doco and finally the book it’s is a must !

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1 out of 5 stars
By daniel on 09-14-16

horrible reader, great story

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.

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