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Friday 9 December 2016

Review: Confessions of a Liar, Thief and Failed Sex God

The teachers in Neil’s Catholic boys school in the 1960s wield the strap with gusto but that’s the least of Neil’s worries. ‘I have this annoying problem that gives me a lot of trouble: a conscience.’

When a classmate is unfairly expelled, Neil’s need to appease his conscience leads him to a beautiful older woman. One thing leads to another and Neil faces a life or death decision but before that, a zillion things happen. 

A new teacher wields the strap to never-heard-of extremes, Neil’s best friend makes an irreversible choice when he is down and Neil’s brother is conscripted to fight in Vietnam. With grief, lust and guilt battling for supremacy, Confessions is packed with internal action as well as drama.

Despite this being a quick easy read for teenagers, dark issues simmer below the surface: issues that are as relevant today as they were in the 1960s. Confessions of a Liar, Thief and Failed Sex God is a timeless keeper.

Title: Confessions of a Liar, Thief and Failed Sex God
Author: Bill Condon
Publisher: Woolshed Press, $19.99
Publication Date: 2009
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781741664546
For ages: 12+
Type: Young Adult