I am not writing this to be sentimental. I am just trying to find an answer to a story… An artistic girl in Renaissance Venice, quietly rebelling against the constraints of her gender. A young milordi on a European Grand Tour, recognising the world and his secret sexuality. A ballerina in nineteenth-century Paris, choosing between suitors. A Greek mother, beginning a new life with her family in a migrant reception centre in regional Australia. And, finally, a paintings conservator in contemporary Melbourne, breaking her own heart. A single, small artwork - subversive, hidden, and oddly blue - somehow survives for five hundred years, linking the lives of these characters. An intricate tale of grief and discovery, of watery destruction and earthly love.
About the Author
Claire Thomas is a Melbourne writer. Fugitive Blue is her acclaimed first novel, which won the Dobbie Award for women writers, and was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award.
Claire holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne where she teaches literary studies and creative writing.