Alex Miller's eleventh novel, Coal Creek, was published to wide critical acclaim in 2013. Alex is twice winner of Australia’s premier literary prize, the Miles Franklin Literary Award, first in 1993 for The Ancestor Game and again in 2003 for Journey to the Stone Country. He is an overall winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, in 1993 for The Ancestor Game. His fifth novel Conditions of Faith won the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction in the 2001 NSW Premier's Awards. In 2011 he won this award for the second time with his novel Lovesong. In 2007 Landscape of Farewell was published to wide critical acclaim and in 2008 won the Chinese Annual Foreign Novels 21st Century Award for Best Novel and the Manning Clark Medal for an outstanding contribution to Australian cultural life. Following the publication of Autumn Laing he was awarded the prestigious Melbourne Prize for Literature in 2012. Alex is published internationally and widely in translation.
Robert Dixon’s 2014 monograph on the novels of Alex Miller, Alex Miller, The Ruin of Time, describes his novels as ‘immediately accessible … works of high literary seriousness – substantial, technically masterly and assured, intricately interconnected and of great imaginative, intellectual and ethical weight’. Alex lives with his wife Stephanie in the Victorian country town of Castlemaine, where he writes full time. His latest novel, Coal Creek, won the 2014 Victorian Premier's Literary Award. Alex is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and a recipient of the Centenary Medal for an outstanding contribution to Australian cultural life.