- ISBN 9780734407962 / 0734407963
- Title Requiem for a Beast
- Author Matthew Ottley
- Category Picture Storybooks
- Format Hardcover
- Year 2007
- Pages 96
- Publisher Hachette Australia
- Imprint Lothian Children's Books
- Dimensions 216mm x 282mm x 14mm
A unique package of graphic novel and accompanying music CD, following the adventures of a young stockman.
We are largely defined by how we face our fears. A boy goes on a melancholy, often terrifying but ultimately life-affirming journey of self-discovery as a stockman in far North Queensland. In an exquisitely illustrated collage of memory and dreamscape, nightmare and cold reality, Matt Ottley fuses the moral choices of the individual with the demands of society. In this stirring adventure, the boy confronts a huge, rogue Brahmin bull and learns he must acknowledge the errors of the past before he can fully embrace the future. The graphic novel includes a CD and music specially composed for it by the author/illustrator.
Winner of Children's Book Council of Australia Awards: Picture Book of the Year 2008.
Winner of Queensland Premier's Literary Awards: Best Young Adult Book 2008.
Matt Ottley was born in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, moving to Australia when he was eleven. After almost failing high school in Sydney, he lived the itinerant life of a stockman for some years on cattle stations in Queensland, before returning to Sydney to study fine arts and music. He is now one of Australia s most popular children s author/illustrators and has been published in several different languages around the world. Matt also works as a composer and flamenco guitarist.