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The first volume of the long-awaited, near-mythical biography of Nick Cave, by award-winning writer, Mark Mordue.

A beautiful, profound and poetic biography of the formative years of the dark prince of Australian rock 'n' roll, Boy on Fire is Nick Cave's creation story. This is a portrait of the artist as, first, a boy, and then as a young man. A deeply insightful work which charts his family, friends, influences, milieu and, most of all, his music, it reveals how Nick Cave shaped himself into the extraordinary artist he would become.

As well as a powerfully compelling biography of a singular, uncompromising artist, Boy on Fire is a fascinating social and cultural biography, a vivid and evocative rendering of a time and place, from the fast-running dark river and ghost gums of Wangaratta, to the nascent punk scene which hit staid 1970s Melbourne like an atom bomb, right through to the torn wallpaper, sticky carpet and the manic, wild energy of nights at the Crystal Ballroom.

Boy on Fire is a stunning biographical achievement.

"Mordue's exploration of Cave's protean and dynamic artistic universe, and the boy at its heart - malanderer, badlander and fabulator - is rich, sensitive, rollicking and, yes, tender." (The Australian)

"All the relevant voices have their say, creating a wonderfully alive picture of this tumultuous time in modern Australian music...on the page they glint with vitality and humour...written with mercurial flair." (Books+Publishing)

©2020 Mark Mordue (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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A highly entertaining bio of a cultural icon

Mordue has risen above his reputation as a doyen of Australian rock journalism with this beautifully crafted and highly entertaining biography of an Australian cultural icon. It's a fascinating insight into the genesis of Cave's stellar career, thoroughly researched and thoughtfully told. Well done - highly recommended.

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