Luke Davies





Luke Davies

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born
in Sydney, Australia
January 01, 1962

gender
male


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Luke Davies is an Australian writer of novels and poetry. He has published two novels, Isabelle the Navigator and the cult bestseller Candy, which was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards in 1998. A film version of Candy, starring Heath Ledger, was released in 2006 and won the AFI for Best Adapted Screenplay. His novel God of Speed, about the life of Howard Hughes, is due for release in April 2008.
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Davies 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 Award. He was also awarded the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal for Poetry in 2004. He has completed several resid...more


Average rating: 4.02 · 3,864 ratings · 222 reviews · 11 distinct works · Similar authors
Candy
4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 3,710 ratings — published 1997 — 17 editions
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Isabelle the Navigator
3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 48 ratings — published 2000 — 7 editions
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God of Speed
3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 41 ratings — published 2008 — 5 editions
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Totem: Poems
4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 27 ratings — published 2004
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Interferon Psalms
3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 16 ratings — published 2011 — 2 editions
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Running With Light
3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 1999
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Absolute Event Horizon: Poems
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Magpie
2.0 of 5 stars 2.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 2010
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Four Plots for Magnets
0.0 of 5 stars 0.00 avg rating — 0 ratings — published 2013
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 14 ratings — published 2011 — 2 editions
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“When you can stop you don't want to, and when you want to stop, you can't...”
Luke Davies, Candy

“Once upon a time, there was Candy and Dan. Things were very hot that year. All the wax was melting in the trees. He would climb balconies, climb everywhere, do anything for her, oh Danny boy. Thousands of birds, the tiniest birds, adorned her hair. Everything was gold. One night the bed caught fire. He was handsome and a very good criminal. We lived on sunlight and chocolate bars. It was the afternoon of extravagant delight. Danny the daredevil. Candy went missing. The days last rays of sunshine cruise like sharks. I want to try it your way this time. You came into my life really fast and I liked it. We squelched in the mud of our joy. I was wet-thighed with surrender. Then there was a gap in things and the whole earth tilted. This is the business. This, is what we're after. With you inside me comes the hatch of death. And perhaps I'll simply never sleep again. The monster in the pool. We are a proper family now with cats and chickens and runner beans. Everywhere I looked. And sometimes I hate you. Friday -- I didn't mean that, mother of the blueness. Angel of the storm. Remember me in my opaqueness. You pointed at the sky, that one called Sirius or dog star, but on here on earth. Fly away sun. Ha ha fucking ha you are so funny Dan. A vase of flowers by the bed. My bare blue knees at dawn. These ruffled sheets and you are gone and I am going to. I broke your head on the back of the bed but the baby he died in the morning. I gave him a name. His name was Thomas. Poor little god. His heart pounds like a voodoo drum.”
Luke Davies, Candy

“When you think you are in love, you don't want to know about the things that could end it.”
Luke Davies, Candy

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