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Issue Details: First known date: 2023... 2023 Death in Secrecy : Shannon Molloy’s New Memoir
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'Shannon Molloy’s 2020 memoir, Fourteen, recounted a childhood and adolescence of grisly homophobic violence. Yet many readers of that book – a bestseller, adapted for the stage and optioned for a film production – may find You Made Me This Way noteworthy in part because it reveals what Fourteen left out: the sexual abuse Molloy suffered, beginning at age five, at the hands of an older boy. This omission underscores one of the book’s central theses, that on average male victims of child sexual abuse find it harder than female victims to disclose their experiences. A conditioned reticence with grave implications – ‘[t]here is death in secrecy’. Molloy’s book, a hybrid of autobiography and journalism, takes socially important steps in assessing – and humanising – these implications.' (Introduction) 

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    y separately published work icon Australian Book Review no. 452 April 2023 26016709 2023 periodical issue 'In the April issue of ABR, we look at power, with a major commentary from James Curran on Southeast Asian perceptions of Australian foreign policy, reviews of books about Australian prime ministers, Tanya Plibersek, American myths and hyperpower, and – at the other end of power – life on welfare. We review new fiction from Alexis Wright, Eleanor Catton, Margaret Atwood, Stephanie Bishop, and others. And in a provocative commentary, Debi Hamilton describes noise as the ‘new smoking’ and Peter Rose sketches a New York portrait of writers Darryl Pinckney and Elizabeth Hardwick.'  (Publication summary)  2023 pg. 19
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