Critically acclaimed, two-time winner of the Miles Franklin award, winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize and numerous other literary awards, Miller's new work is an exquisitely personal novel of love and creativity.
'A thoughtful autobiographical work by an award-winning Australian novelist…traces themes of art and commitment through Crofts' relationships with three women. Miller pulls back from the narrative several times in interludes that return to the first person of the much older man and highlight how memory has many layers. A rich addition to the growing shelf of autofiction from a seasoned storyteller.' Kirkus, starred review
Sitting in a New York park, an old man holds a book and tries to accept that his contribution to the future is over. Instead, he remembers a youthful yearning for open horizons, for Australia, a yearning he now knows inspired his life as a writer. Instinctively he picks up his pen and starts at the beginning...
At twenty-one years, Robert Crofts leaves his broken dreams in Far North Queensland, finally stopping in Melbourne almost destitute. It's there he begins to understand how books and writing might be the saving of him. They will be how he leaves his mark on the world. He also begins to understand how many obstacles there will be to thwart his ambition.
When Robert is introduced to Lena Soren, beautiful, rich and educated, his life takes a very different path. But in the intimacy of their connection lies an unknowability that both torments and tantalises as Robert and Lena long for something that neither can provide for the other.
In a rich blend of thoughtful and beautifully observed writing, the lives of a husband and wife are laid bare in their passionate struggle to engage with their individual creativity.
Alex Miller is magnificent in this most personal of all novels filled with rare wisdom and incisive observation.
Praise for Coal Creek:
'a fine achievement' - Sydney Morning Herald
'a story that will linger in your mind' - Good Reading magazine
'The intelligence of the author haunts the novel, like an atmosphere.' - Australian Book Review
All of Alex Miller's novels have been critically acclaimed and have won or been shortlisted in all of the major Australian literary awards. He is twice winner of Australia's premier literary prize, the Miles Franklin Literary Award, and is an overall winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for The Ancestor Game. In 2015, The Simplest Words, Alex Miller's first collection of stories, memoir, commentary and poetry, was published to great acclaim.
Alex Miller is published internationally and his works have been widely translated.
Longlisted Indie Book Awards - Fiction 2018 AU
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