The new-cover reissue of the critically acclaimed second novel from one of Australia's most original, exciting and daring writers, Luke Davies.
How do we find ourselves when we lose others?
This striking novel from the author of the widely acclaimed cult bestseller Candy explores the life of a young woman as she deals with the deaths of the two important men in her life: her great love Matthew Smith, and her 'gorgeous, sad father' Tom Airly.
A lyrical meditation on love, loss, betrayal, disintegration and the passage of time, Isabelle the Navigator charts Isabelle's inner journey, as well as her actual travels - from childhood in Sydney, to love in the vast spaces off the Western Australian coast, to grief and eventually hope in Paris. This is a portrait of an extraordinarily vital woman that is at once epic and fable, swirling and intensely focused.
'Isabelle Airly is a triumph of Davies' poetic imagination . . [a] prodigious talent . . staggering prose' The Age
'stunningly beautiful narrative' The Bulletin
'it leaves you admiring Davies's gifts and his desire to take risks.' The Sydney Morning Herald.
Luke Davies is the author of the cult bestseller Candy , which was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards in 1998 and has since been published in Britain, the United States and translated into German, Spanish, Hebrew and French. A film starring Heath Ledger was released in 2006 and won Davies Best Adapted Screenplay at the AFI Awards in 2006. Isabelle the Navigator , originally published in 2000, was his second novel and his third novel, God of Speed , was published in 2008.
Davies was awarded the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal for Poetry in 2004. He has published five books of poetry, including Running With Light which was the winner of the Judith Wright Poetry Prize 2000, and Totem , which won the 2004 Age Book of the Year winner.
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