This is the period in which poet, novelist and screenwriter Luke Davies sets his new novel The God of Speed, in which he explores the decayed mind of this once famous man. But in a way they're a mirror to the fragmented narrative you create. One day I may even make love again. When I discovered them and a few of them are inserted through the novel it was just like this brilliant discovery of the real Howard Hughes, and this particular memo that I'm going to read is a fairly simple and innocuous one. Sarah L'Estrange: You focus a lot on his life as an obsessive. But one thing at a time. Luke Davies: It's the beautiful driving energy.
He co-wrote the screenplay for the 2006 film with director , based on his 1997 novel. Luke Davies: His obsessions seemed to have been flight and women, and in a broader sense, power. Luke Davies: A long journey. But one thing at a time. One day I may even make love again. Luke Davies: That's the leap of the imagination that moves into what that inner voice might have been like.
But nonetheless his version was extreme and it involved, for example. He was also awarded the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal for Poetry in 2004. The more I got into the research, there were times when I thought what am I doing here, this guy is so ugly. He didn't just break the round the world flight in 1938, he really did create it. His difficult experiences with drug addiction during the 1980s informed his first novel, Candy 1997. It wasn't just that I found the work serene and soothing, melancholic and mysterious all at the same time. His impact on the world was huge and varied, touching on the movie industry and Hollywood, aviation, engineering, biomedical research, and even espionage and warfare.
And of course, there were the women —dozens of them — who Hughes relentlessly pursued, no less a part of his condition than any other of his habits. He does not make Mr. It's really a moral fable about the inefficiency of grasping, do you know what I mean? Let's not get ahead of ourselves. In his thoughts — feverish and strange — he flies through his life reflecting, refracting, and moving through those moments in such an intimate, personal way that the reader almost comes to understand him. Sarah L'Estrange: So let's list off some of the things that are attributed to him. Click on the cover image above to read some pages of this book! Davies is up to it. They would be executed by firing squad, to great public controversy, in 2015.
Sarah L'Estrange: Would you be able to read from your novel? She was definitely a stifling mother who had a germ phobia that really probably transcended his, and instilled some of that in him no doubt. There are memos where he's trying to give instructions to the driver of the car who is delivering the film to the bungalow where he's living and it's all about the angle of the tyres of the car to the gutter and how you step out of the car and what point of the gutter you cross, and completely off the wall stuff that he would never even have any way of knowing if they were following his instructions, but he would write pages and pages of these instructions. He was an aviator, film producer, industrial entrepreneur and billionaire, not to mention a legendary womaniser. In 1994 he published a major collection with Angus and Robertson, Absolute Event Horizon: Poems. I will fly at last. One day I may even make love again.
Hughes is a man who lives very much in the world: every sight, sound and smell is keenly felt and requires attention, his life a barely controlled maelstrom of experience. And he also absolutely had his eye on the dollar. His obsessive-compulsive disorder would end up crippling and isolating him; in the end he self-medicated his way into oblivion. I will unpack my head. He has completed several residencies around the world, including at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre for the Arts, Ireland, The Australia Centre, Chiang Mai, Thailand, the Centre d'Art. Sarah L'Estrange: But why that one night when you had this landscape of his other ventures and his other lives? Davies' Hughes is self-centred, moving through sex and drugs with a hunger that is as ugly as it is damaging. He succeeds and he fails, as indeed, we all do on one level or another.
He didn't think there was any comparison between them, or indeed between him and any other human beings, which is in a sense why he was so sadly isolated from any experience of intimacy. Howard Hughes had everything -- money, fame, power -- but by the end of his life he was consumed by drug addiction and an obsession with germs that left him confined to a blacked-out hotel room. His latest novel takes on the over-wrought subject of Howard Hughes. The Book Show's Sarah L'Estrange spoke to Luke Davies and asked him if the story of Howard Hughes is like a modern fable. Luke Davies: It's an interesting move. Sarah L'Estrange: Because he was the man.
I will unfold my wings. Luke Davies: I'm glad you see this because it's very deliberate. In 2004 Davies was also awarded the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal for Poetry. But it was a mixture of that, of knowing that I needed time with this because I had great ambitions for how I would achieve its complexity, and then there were just interruptions. I wrote the first couple of chapters of this a couple of months before the first couple of chapters of Candy.
But since it's never good to cling, even to the sublime, I thought it appropriate to write a tiny fable of love and loss amid the wild salt spray. Actually this book, God of Speed, predates Candy by a few months. And when he started buying lots of hotels in Las Vegas. But one thing at a time. He was a guy who could have absolutely everything that he wanted and basically he became autistic precisely because he got what he wanted. The film stars and as struggling heroin addicts. I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.