In addition to writing poetry, fiction and filmscripts, Luke Davies has worked as a teacher, truck driver, journalist and script editor. In 2009, Davies won the John Curtin Prize for Journalism in the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards for 'The Penalty Is Death: Inside Bali's Kerobakan Prison'.
'My father and I. We went to the edge of the falls for revenge. To find my attacker the magpie...
'Luke Davies′ poem "Childhood Terror" describes in 9 lines the fear of a magpie attack and a boy′s reaction as his father helps him face that fear. Together, author and illustrator have created a wonderful picture book that takes this poem and turns into a story of a dog and his pup on a journey to find the magpie. Brilliantly realised, the illustrations bring a whole new level to Davies' poetry.' (From the publisher's website.)
'Howard Hughes was one of the strangest and most significant figures of the twentieth century: aviator, film mogul, serial womaniser, billionaire, political meddler, drug addict, recluse. His obsessive-compulsive disorder would end up crippling and isolating him; in the end he self-medicated his way into oblivion.
'In the last years of Hughes' life, feeling his power ebb, bedridden and hopelessly addicted to drugs, he lays out and lays bare his history. He loops and reloops the past on a seemingly endless reel in his head as he spirals into madness and disconnection. In stops and starts, his life unfolds and gradually we see the shape and preoccupations of the twentieth century emerging from his ruined psyche - a world of oil, money, planes, flight, movies, drugs, sex, neurosis, fear - a world where paranoia reigns.' (Publisher's blurb)