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Isabelle the Navigator


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Luke Davies was born in Sydney in 1962. His collection of poetry, Absolute Event Horizon was shortlisted for the 1995 Turnbull Fox Phillips poetry prize. His novel, Candy, published in 1997, was a critical and sales success and was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's award. His second collection of poetry, Running With Light was published in 1999. Luke Davies has quickly established himself as one of Australia's most thoughtful and unflinching writers. He is currently working on the screenplay of Candy which is to be produced by Margaret Fink and directed by Neil Armfield.


In Isabelle the Navigator, Australian poet and novelist Luke Davies (Candy) examines family secrets and tragedies through the eyes of his female protagonist. The novel begins shortly after the death of Isabelle Airly's father, Tom. A doctor, he had spent four years in prison for insurance fraud; from the time of his release until his suicide at the age of 56, he fell further out of touch with reality. Part of his despair was caused by the affair his wife, Tess, had with his brother, Dan, when Isabelle was a little girl. At 22, Isabelle meets the love of her life, Matt, who is five years her senior and works as a deckhand and later as a band manager. Their passionate affair lasts for a few years, until Matt is killed in a motorcycle accident. Then Isabelle moves to Paris, has an affair with a Portuguese woman named Laura and generally tries to make sense of her life. Although the language is frequently overcooked, Davies tells Isabelle's story with sensitivity and passion. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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