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Book Review: Give Me Truth by Bill Condon - Reviewed by Boomert (13 Jan 2010)
Bill Condon has built a strong reputation as a prolific writer of YA novels whose work bravely faces uneasy truths. With Give Me Truth, he takes the reader deep inside two families who are being torn apart. The spectre of physical and emotional violence has crashed into David’s life. His father becomes increasingly violent throughout the novel as he attempts to reconcile his anger and resentment. David desperately wants to connect with his dad, but a spontaneous fishing trip reveals secrets from the past and is sabotaged by an undercurrent of menace and bitterness. David’s story is told in counterpoint to Caitlin. Her father has revealed an affair to the family, and Caitlin searches for answers and hope. She meets David by chance and their lives curl around each other, leading to a confronting showdown. Condon’s characters inhabit a world of brutal honesty that reminds us of the bonds of family and love that need constant nurturing. The novel is at its best in the quiet intimate moments between characters. The delicate relationship between Caitlin and Lanny, and the comfortable ease of Caitlin’s relationship with her girlfriends give the text balance. Highly recommended for mid-teens.
Bill Condon's young adult novels, DOGS (2001) and NO WORRIES (2005) were Honour Books in the Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards. NO WORRIES was also short listed for the Ethel Turner Prize in the 2005 NSW Premier's Literary Awards. DAREDEVILS made the long-list in the inaugural Inky Awards, Australia's first teenage choice awards. GIVE ME TRUTH is Bill's most recent young adult novel for Woolshed Press. Before devoting himself to novels, Bill had a long and successful career as a writer of short stories, plays and poetry for young people. His work encompasses many genres and he has close to one hundred titles to his credit. He lives on the south coast of New South Wales with his wife, the well known children's author Di (Dianne) Bates.
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