The Simplest Words

A Storyteller's Journey

Alex Miller
AUD $35.00
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A selection of short pieces - both fiction and non-fiction - from one of Australia's greatest literary treasures.

From one of Australia's greatest novelists comes this fine collection, a storyteller's journey. These short stories and essays, written over the last forty years, comprise an insightful and intelligent meditation on the life of the novelist and the culture of contemporary Australia. Personal and intimate as many of these pieces are, this collection forms a kind of assured autobiography, of the sort that only Alex Miller could write.

Alex Miller's stories are told with a rare level of wisdom and profundity, engaging the intellect and the emotions simultaneously. Stories are, after all, in his blood.

Author bio:

Alex Miller has twice won the prestigious Miles Franklin Literary Award, Australia's premier literary prize; the first occasion in 1993 for The Ancestor Game, and again in 2003 for Journey to the Stone Country. He is also an overall winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, for The Ancestor Game, in 1993. British by birth, he now lives in Victoria.

Category: Literature & literary studies
ISBN: 9781743313572
Awards: Winner, Melbourne Prize for Literature 2012 0
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: November 2015
Page Extent: 304
Format: Book
Subject: Literature & literary studies


The Sydney Morning Herald says The Simplest Words is 'a rich, generous compilation that enticingly refracts our perceptions of one of Australia's finest novelists.'

The NZ Herald says 'American novelist Elizabeth Berg ... notes that "wanting to meet an author because you like her/his books is like wanting to meet a duck because you like pate". But this sophisticated yet - yes - simple selection makes me feel I'd like to spend time with Alex Miller. Even if he doesn't quack.'

Listen to a review of The Simplest Words on ABC Radio National's Books and Arts program

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