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Description - Asturias by Brian Caswell

Music is the talent - and the curse - that spans three generations to link Alex Rivera with the secrets of his family's past.

'Music never stopped a war or put an end to greed or the hunger for power. But it was never supposed to. It has no reason, just as life has no reason. It just is. And what it is is the best that we can hope to be.'

Music is the talent - and the curse - that spans three generations to link Alex Rivera with the secrets of his family's past.

Plucked from obscurity and thrown together with four other musical "prodigies", Alex rides the power of his music to fame and fortune as the lead-guitarist for Asturias, the latest creation of the music industry machine.

But will the forces of commercialism and the stresses of fame destroy them, just as a bloody civil war tore apart another group of young idealists six decades earlier.

How could anything go wrong? Everything's on track. You're on top of the world. Which is great. As long as you don't look down . . .

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780702228773
ISBN-10: 070222877X
Format: Paperback / softback
(199mm x 129mm x 15mm)
Pages: 248
Imprint: University of Queensland Press
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
Publish Date: 5-Aug-1996
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Brian Caswell

Brian Caswell spent his very early years in the mountains of Wales moving to England for seven years before emigrating with his family to Australia at the age of twelve. He remembers his mother writing and reading stories to the family, and of being immersed in books from an early age. He thinks he is the only kid to have a letter sent home to his parents asking them to stop him reading. Equally central to his life as reading is his love of music. Beginning at the age of ten he had a successful career as a singer and writer of songs - one of his songs made the top 40. In the late 70's he moved out of the music industry. Brian started teaching in 1976. Of his years as a teacher he says-'I loved teaching; for twelve or fourteen years I loved it. But when I stopped loving it, I stopped loving it totally.' Teaching English was, in a roundabout way, what got Brian into writing. Around the mid-eighties he found that many of the books set for classroom study were no longer making any impression on students. So he thought he would write one himself. He admits his first book wasn't at all good - but it was good enought for Barbara Ker Wilson, the editor for young adult fiction at the University of Queensland Press to spend time with him pointing out what worked and what didn't. As an author on the shortlist in 1989, Brian found himself invited to schools to talk to kids about hi

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