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April Fool’s Day

April Fool’s Day

Author(s): Bryce Courtenay

Location(s): Australia

Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs

Era(s): late 20th century

‘It is a deeply personal story. I think I must have wept on every page. Each day as I sat down to write I would have to open the wound again, and frankly, it hurt like hell … Damon had an enormous lust for life and we thought he was going to be a very spectacular gift to the world, until AIDS cut his life short.’ Bryce Courtenay’s beloved son Damon, a haemophiliac, died from medically acquired AIDS on April Fool’s Day 1991, at the age of 24. In this heart-rendingly painful, funny, and controversial book he celebrates his son’s life. But he also condemns the medical approach taken towards AIDS, and how he and his family coped with Damon’s haemophilia and early death. It is a story of the incredible strength of family love.

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