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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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They never left each others side and they were always there for one another when they needed love and support the most. This is such a wonderful and heartbreaking but touching memoir, and I hope that American audiences find it and read it.

They met as students at Xavier College; Caleo was captain of the football team and Conigrave wanted to be an actor. As one may have guessed from the summary for this, it tells the tale of Tim and John through Tim’s eyes growing up as gay boys in catholic school, dealing with the AIDS surge in the 80’s and its consequences.

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Show 25 25 50 All. InTimothy Conigrave, a student at a high school in Victoriafell in love with the captain of the school football team, John Holfing. It was so lovely and emotional and important. Pepe came up for air.

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Conigrave’s ability to move you through his adolescence and into his manhood is astounding and you feel as though you are right there beside him. But together they complete each other in a way no-one else did. Holdnig Tim runs out of change and must begrudgingly go on without being able to accurately recollect and thereby resurrect John was his former lover sitting next to or opposite him at the party that night?


I couldn’t congrave the hedonism of Tim.

Jun 12, Catherine rated it it was amazing. It later played a return season at Griffin, February—Marchwhere it also sold out, before transferring to the Sydney Opera House for a third sell-out season, 9—26 May The effect of this structural change from the book is twofold: Views Read Edit View history.

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I expected that Holding the Man would break my heart. They all later go streaking. He wasn’t talking, just listening to his friends with his hands in his pockets, smiling. The s have always been a decade in which I wish I could have lived.

They fell into a deep and intense love affair, despite how their families didn’t approve and despite separations, infidelities, and other challenges. Retrieved 16 April The main focus of this story is the relationship Tim shared with John Caleo.

He became aware that I was looking at him and greeted me with a lift of his eyebrows.

Many times I caught myself thinking: He was also an avid supporter of the Essendon Football Clubone of the reasons Conigrave appropriated the term as the book’s title. It will remain one of my favourite books for years to come I’m sure. This page was last edited on 3 Octoberat It’s not a novel, but based on true life, when Tim and his partner go through their early 20’s together, only to separate, before reuniting one more.


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Though it is touching and funny throughout it is also quite overwhelmingly sad in the latter third. The coming out, the feeling of inexperience, having found the love of your life at such an early age, struggles with parents. It reads like a story, so it is very easy to forget that Amn is actually a real person. 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 of another human be This book made me laugh and cry, it made me feel at home and it also broke my heart.

The original production, directed by David Bertholdis one of the most successful Australian stage productions in recent years, playing in most Australian capital cities and London’s West End.

Play, smile, think of me.

When he finally connects with a female friend he is desperate to ask her: Tim returns to Melbourne and reveals he has been accepted. Holding the Man was published in February by Penguin Books in Australia just a few months after Conigrave’s death, and has since been published in Spain and North America.

John, Tim and so many more people deserve to be remembered for the individuals they were, the impacts they had on the people around them and not just for the disease that ultimately took their lives.