Fourteen (PB)

Author(s): Shannon Molloy

Gay Male & Bi Biography/Memoir | Australian/Aotearoa | Coming Out & Self Help

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. ‘Teenagers should read this book, parents should read this book. Human beings, above all, should read this book.' Rick Morton bestselling 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, bestselling 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

April 2020

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‘Teenagers should read this book, parents should read this book. Human beings, above all, should read this book.' Rick Morton bestselling 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, bestselling 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

STAFF PICK: For me, Molloy's account of his fourteenth year as a gay kid enrolled at a rugby loving, Catholic all boys school in regional Australia, evoked the pain and poignancy of former Penguin resident Alannah Hill's biography, 'Butterfly on a Pin', in which she describes and isolation and loneliness of not fitting in. A story of survival, I was captivated from the outset - Anne

General Fields

  • : 9781760851088
  • : Simon & Schuster Australia
  • : Simon & Schuster Australia
  • : July 2019
  • : ---length:- '9.213'width:- '6.024'units:- Inches
  • : April 2020
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 320
  • : en
  • : 2020
  • : BC
  • : Shannon Molloy