April Fool's Day

April Fool's Day

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In the end, love is more important than everything and it will conquer and overcome anything. Or that’s how Damon saw it, anyway. Damon wanted a book that talked a lot about love.

Damon Courtenay died on the morning of April Fool’s Day. In this tribute to his son, Bryce Courtenay lays bare the suffering behind this young man’s life. Damon’s story is one of life-long struggle, his love for Celeste, the compassion of family, and a fight to the end for integrity.

A testimony to the power of love, April Fool’s Day is also about understanding: how when we confront our worst, we can become our best.

'April Fool’s Day is one of those rare, wholly beautiful books that lets life speak for itself.’ —The Australian

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ISBN-13: 9781486296019
Publisher: Bolinda Audio
Publication date: 06/30/2015
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.67(d)

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bibliobbe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bryce Courtney has a number of books in the Whitcoulls Top 100, but this is his only non-fiction book. To summarise, his youngest child, Damon was born a haemophiliac and subsequently contracted HIV. He died of AIDS, aged 24 on 1 April, 1991. Damon¿s story is one of the tragedies of haemophiliacs, many of whom contracted HIV through the early years of the AIDS epidemic. Doctors and politicians could and probably should have prevented a known high risk group, homosexuals, from donating blood, but feared the backlash from a vociferous and politically savvy lobby group. The blood, or Factor VIII, which kept Damon alive through the numerous transfusions he required on an almost daily basis, ultimately killed him. But Courtney knows how to tell a story, and while the descent into the hell that is AIDS is harrowing to read, the overall story of Damon Courtney's life is one of a young man of much courage, love and promise. I learned a lot about living with a chronic disease, dying of an incurable disease and the callous nature of some in the medical profession. This is a good, but hard to read book.
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A lot of tears were shed when I read this book - because it is a true story it is incredibly sad, and you can feel the pain that the whole family must have felt during those very difficult years. It made me think about whether our lives are pre-destined, and whether the outcome is already laid out. I thank Bryce Courtenay for sharing his personal life with us. Also learnt a lot about HIV/AIDS in the 'early years' when very little was known or understood.