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About the Author

Stuart Luijerink
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Author Info

Stuart Luijerink travelled the world extensively in his twenty's after growing up in suburban Sydney, Australia throughout the sixties and seventies.

After having several stories published in periodicals, a collection of short stories "The Empire of Souls and other stories" was published via BookBaby. These stories reflect the resonances encountered in various cultures and settings around the globe.

They also underlie the development of techniques and contemplations employed in the novel "Navigational".

He continues to live in Sydney with his family.

News

Navigational receives 5 star review from Readers Favorite.

Here are the review comments:

(Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite)


Navigational by Stuart Luijerink tells the story of Winston who
arrives at a seaside community and sets out to restore a
dilapidated church. While he receives support from some of the
locals, there are some who want nothing to do with him. But does
he have what it takes to reignite the flame of worship within this
community and restore their house of worship? While this novel
centers on the activities of a man newly arrived in a small
community, it also looks at the social issues in the city, the political
dynamics, and what binds people together. The author brilliantly
explores the themes of family, faith, community, and working for
the common good.
I loved the suspense at the start of the narrative. The first chapters
are focused on describing characters and their actions without
telling readers their names. Readers want to know who they are
and the mission of the man who arrives at the dilapidated church.
There are very interesting characters that readers will want to
follow, like Mathew, Thomas, and Prue. The setting is a small
seaside town, the kind of place where everyone knows everyone
else. Stuart Luijerink has a unique gift for descriptive prose and
from the very opening pages, he gives readers great images of the
setting — the dirt road with the pot holes, the outcrops, the sand
dunes, and other elements that characterize the topography and
the path the protagonist walks.
The sense of loneliness is communicated by the decadent images of
the church ruins. While character development and plot points are
skillfully handled, the beauty of the language and the strength of
imagery captivated me the most. The author also does an
impeccable job in exploring the different relationships that evolve
through the narrative. Navigational is the story of a community,
filled with powerful lessons of leadership and relationships that
matter.

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