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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He wasn’t talking, just listening to his friends with his hands in his pockets, smiling. Views Read Edit View history. Tim and John’s love is ever lasting. This book does not glamourise or hide the thoughts we keep to ourselves and it was so refreshing to have insight into the deepest and darkest thoughts conifrave another human being.

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I was thinking about his looks. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [I cant read this book, because I dont understand how?

Tim returns to Melbourne and reveals he has been accepted. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

Holding the Man: John Caleo’s mother tells of her private grief 20 years on after son’s AIDS death

Books by Timothy Conigrave. I for one will be taking tissues to the screening.

This review has been hidden because holdinng contains spoilers. Nov 27, John conigrve it it was amazing Shelves: Although I can talk about John’s father Bob. Read it read it read it. Initially John isn’t comfortable with doing anything sexual with Tim, who writes a letter to John apologising for reaching into his trousers while making out after school.


But it was an entertaining read that I had a hard time putting down. For film-makers Nickolas Bird and Eleanor Sharpe, the cohigrave of Remembering the Man, the library initiative was a major discovery.

The wart-and-all description of their relationship has brought me closer to starting to understand the devastating consequences of living with AIDS, the physical and p Is it possible to grieve for someone you never met, someone whose existence you were not even aware of and whose death many years ago passed you by?

And then it was definitely about a gay couple who are both diagnosed with HIV. So it moved me because it told the story I lived. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources.

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But of course the difference between an author and a friend well one of many differences is that you can’t just ask them who that is or what they meant. His pet names for me Archived from the original PDF on 16 June Reading a book that was from your home town is always enjoyable. To be together for 15 years, even if it was off and on, definitely means something.

Probably from shock while watching the film as I had no idea the direction that it was about to take, but probably from complete and utter sadness while reading the novel. I was warmed by these memories and realized that I only had to look around to see that he indeed loved me. The s have always been a decade in which I wish I could have lived. Tim and John flee together.

I hope you are together again somewhere, happy and well. As much as they loved him, sometimes he was hard work. They faced discrimination and prejudice from their families and members of the community, but through it all their love for one another preserved.


And like the movie I basically spent the last third of it just weeping openly, so loudly my cat left my room after shooting me a look of disgust.

Holding the Man by Timothy Conigrave

I think I wrote everything I wanted to say, if I left something out, I’ll write it when I am better prepared since I literally just finished the book and still am graving. Please help improve timotby by removing unnecessary details and making it more concise. Melbourne International Film Festival. This reminded me of why and how I have become who I am and who I will continue to be.

Even though the brightness and wittiness of Tim’s voice never fades away, the sadness of it seeps through and really got into my soul and under my skin. The world has lost an insightful, no-holds-barred, bare bones author in Timothy Conigrave. Although Tim and John had their rough patches, these two were clearly soulmates.

I don’t know what to do with myself. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

That is the ultra short version of what happens, but ALL gay men should read this book Tim is selfish and hurtful at times. This page was last edited on 3 Octoberholring