Timothy Conigrave’s memoir, Holding the Man, was published in his native Australia in The title of its first section keys you in immediately. At an all-boys Catholic school in Melbourne, Timothy Conigrave fell wildly and sweetly in love Holding the Man recreates that relationship. With honesty and insight Holding the Man explores the highs and lows at an all -boys Catholic school in Melbourne, Timothy Conigrave falls.

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While this story is certainly very sad as Tim watches John become sicker and sicker and as he himself becomes sicker and sickerthere is also a lot of humor and charm and hope.

I would have stayed there for the rest of my life, but I was suddenly worried about freaking him out and I pulled away. Basically, John was a fricken Saint. Tim Conigrave 19 November — 18 October was an Australian actor, writer, and activist. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Tim realizes he is gay at a young age and holidng novel begins with his self discovery and experimentation with a few different boys, until he meets John Caleo. Pepe came up for air.

Read it, laugh at it, cry with it, enjoy. Conigraave ending had me in tears, right from chapter eleven to the end. John stands up to his father and the boys drive off and engage in a brief and humorous session of anal intercourse.


They all later go streaking.

Honestly, I think that this book would make anyone who reads cry. I’m really not sure how to put into words the impact this story has had on my heart.

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I miss you terribly. InTimothy Conigrave, a student at a high school in Victoriafell in love with the captain of the school football team, John Caleo. John seems sweet and good and beautiful through Tim’s eyes though maybe at times a touch boring and often frustratingly a doormat for the hedonistic and almost at times narcissistic Tim.

So by all means read it, I am glad I did and it was worthwhile. I’ve wanted to coigrave this book ever since I saw the play a couple of years ago. Tim’s selfishness shone through so much of this story, and as it is autobiographical I found it was quite brave for Tim to share these traits.

His hand settled on mine as Pepe continued kissing me. I read it almost in one sitting, and seriously, what hilding marvelous and incredible piece of reality.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. A feature-length documentary about Tim and John’s relationship, called Remembering the Manwas released in Trade Paperback – Penguin Classics.

Holding the Man

Tim returns to Melbourne and reveals he has been accepted. It’s event harder to think that this kind of discrimination exists.


I felt the ending was devastating, even though I knew what was coming, both from the era the story is being told this is an AIDS memoir telling a tale before retrovirals were discovered and from having read pages and pages about the movie that has been made, timothj then from seeing the movie.

It was relatable, witty and a thoroughly heart wrenching read.

I hope you are together again somewhere, happy and well. Jul 04, Rich rated it it was ok Shelves: Murphy is involved again in telling the story of Tim Conlgrave and John Caleo, this time for the movie adaptation released nationally on August References to places like Glenferrie 10 minutes from homeWarburton Been camping there last yearVenus bay twice yearly holiday destination and Melbourne best city ever, no bias It was so lovely and emotional and important.

There’s no way I can give any kind of insight right now because I’m a mess. The s have always been a decade in which I wish I could have lived. The honesty and love Tim put in this book was amazing.

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View all 9 comments. That much you can tell. I saw the body of a man with an open, gentle face: