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London, 1989: On the verge of musical recognition, tragedy tears Robert Aitken's world apart. He turns his back on the city, the industry and the people he loves; walking away with little more than two guitars, a hat in a box and 'the beast' shadowing his every move. Over twenty years later, two ex-London music lovers have relocated to Australia. In an unlikely quirk of fate, they stumble upon a man bearing a nagging resemblance to the one who had vanished from London all those years ago, reluctantly performing to a few indifferent locals in a ramshackle pub in Tasmania's North West. A bitter recluse, scarred by unceasing guilt and stalked by his unwanted companion, Aitken is compelled to relive the events he had chosen to forget, in the hope he can at last make peace with himself.
While Michael Cannon's bread and butter is graphic design, he finds himself delving more and more into his other passions of music and lyric composition, fine art and creative writing. Michael lives in North West Tasmania with his amazing wife Kathy (she suggested he say that and, of course, he agrees), Poppy the rescue dog and the myriad wallabies, bandicoots and devils that frequent their nocturnal garden.