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Brian Caswell Brian Caswell i(A17925 works by) (a.k.a. Brian Paul Caswell)
Born: Established: 1954
Wales (UK),
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: 1966
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Brian Caswell emigrated with his family to Australia when he was twelve. In 1975 he graduated in Arts and Education at the University of New South Wales Australia, after which he followed a distinguished career in the education system,teaching history, English and creative writing for 15 years.

He started writing at five years of age, however it was not until 1988, following careers in the music industry and education system, that he became a published author. A prolific writer, Caswell has achieved notable success with his novels for primary and secondary school students and is one of Australia's most popular writers for young adults. Caswell's work often deals with conflict and the abuse of power, invasion in its various forms, and triumph over adversity.

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Double Exposure St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2005 Z1210058 2005 single work novel young adult (taught in 1 units)
2006 shortlisted CBCA Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Older Readers
y separately published work icon The Full Story St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2002 Z985174 2002 single work novel young adult 'From Saigon to Sydney, from Fremantle to the Blue Mountains. Three intensely emotional relationships begin to crumble in the present, under pressures from the secrets of the past. This is a modern love story - a compelling journey that peels away the superficial present to reveal the history that lingers at the core of who we are, and proves that we are the sum of all who love us. Even if we can never know the Full Story.'
(Source: Google Books)
2003 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Community Relations Commission Award
2003 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature
Avalon 2000 single work short story young adult science fiction
— Appears in: Tales from the Wasteland : Stories from the 13th Floor 2000; (p. 102-109)
2000 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Young Adult Division Best Short Story
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