Last Of the Braves
Alex is an Australian-Italian teenage boy, whose mother is dying. Alex is a painter, and all his life his mother has encouraged him to learn about Michelangelo Caravaggio's life and works. Can Alex come to terms with his mother's death, his relationships with his brother, his father and friends, and his acceptance of who he really is?
Archimede Fusillo, the son of Italian migrants, was born and grew up in Melbourne. Surrounded by wonderful storytellers, he learnt early on the value of stories in shaping our lives and connecting people, irrespective of backgrounds.
Success with short stories about growing up in a multi-cultural Melbourne led Archie totry his hand at writing a novel. In 1997 his first novel, Sparring With Shadows, was a Notable Children's Book Council of Australia book and went on to be shortlisted for the Italy in the World Literature Awards. He followed this up with The Dons and later Bruises, among others.
Apart from writing full time, Archie loves fishing with his son, shopping with his wife and daughter, and getting away to the Victorian south coast as often as his busy travelling schedule and domineering cat allow.