A Man and His Pride by Australian author Luke Rutledge is a powerful book on personal development, fulfillment, and growth.
Sean Preston, 26 lives in Brisbane Australia working as an online troll moderator. When his three-month relationship comes to a demeaning end, he willingly disconnects and turns off emotional connections with others as a defense. Grindr, alcohol, and uppers become his go-to.
Struggling to meet standards set by his mother and former girlfriend Abby who both blame him for ruining their lives, Sean connects with 87-year-old Meredith who lives in a nursing home. When he meets nurse William an unlikely friendship develops. William is shy and inexperienced with same-sex dating finding many obstacles; Sean provides advice and in return learns from William.
As bonds grow stronger with Meredith and William, Sean’s life starts to turn around. He reconnects with himself, overcoming internal resistance. Lessons are learned allowing him to make the most of his life for growth, joy, and happiness.
Luke Rutledge has a special knack for enabling people to understand what it means to be gay, his writing comes from a place of compassion and understanding, and the reader can feel it. A Man and His Pride provides a humorous and insightful look, at maintaining ties with one’s family, building love relationships that last and accepting oneself as decent and worthy of respect.
I loved how Luke included the Same-Sex Marriage 2017 Plebiscite in the novel. The postal survey was very unnecessary, it was an entirely pointless process that should have been legislated through parliament without a public vote. Being in a position where your life is the subject of such intense scrutiny and debate caused a great deal of stress and emotional turmoil. People had to live through difficult discussions about their lives, and their existence whilst being traumatised through the process. No one has a right to pass judgement on how anyone lives, and who they love.
LGBTQ+ readers will admire the author’s ability to honestly portray everyday joys and struggles, I feel this book will help young people who may be agonizing with the added layer of complexity that comes with being gay and some of the difficult choices they will make or face in their life.
You don’t have to be gay to appreciate this book, straight readers, or anyone who might not understand the gay experience will be reminded how significant life is and how to cherish it regardless of your sexuality.
Thank you, Beauty & Lace, and Penguin Australia Pty Ltd for the opportunity to read and review.
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My love of books started at a very young age. My mum has always been a reader and encouraged me to read, buying me endless book from classic fairy tales advancing to the world of Enid Blyton, CS Lewis, Louisa May Alcott, Kathryn Kenny, Carolyn Keene, Francine Pascal. In my adult years the list of authors is endless and every room in my house is filled with books.
One of my favourite novels is Narnia which has always has a special place in my heart. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 1978 and when I was given this book to read it let me escape to another world where I felt like I was in the book with all the characters, it wasfun and exciting to escape from reality and eased the ups and downs of the disease at such a young age.
In books nothing is impossible and there is endless potential and hundreds of places to explore or being taken to places that are only made up from the authors’ great minds, the past and future to navigate, characters lives you step into taking you on an emotional rollercoaster ride or being scared out of your wits. I can experience things that I can’t in real life because they’re not possible or real. It challenges my perspective and mindset expanding my worldview.
I find joy, comfort and peace with books, many people may not get it, but I know bookworms like me truly understand. Reading makes my heart happy.