AIDS is killing John Freeman. But before he dies he wants to understand himself - both as victim and killer. From the aptly decaying grandeur of the Hydro Majestic Hotel JF recalls his adult life, lived largely in Papua New Guinea, and his great love, handsome, vital Francis Tapukai. Memories of his grandmother also unfold. An eccentric golf champion, she too paid dearly for the right to be her own person. Rarely has contemporary fiction confronted so directly male passion and sexuality, or explored with such depth the complexity of living outside the boundaries of public approval.


Nigel Krauth

Nigel Krauth is a multi-award winning novelist whose career as an academic has been punctuated by periods as a full-time writer. He has won the Australian/Vogel Literary Award and the New South Wales State Literary Award for Fiction (The Christina Stead Prize), and was shortlisted for The Victorian Premier's Literary Award (twice) and the Age Book of the Year Award. His Research Masters degree focused on Shakespeare's major tragedies, and his PhD investigated imaginative writing set in Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific.

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