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From one of Australia's most acclaimed literary authors comes a mesmerising new novel of friendship and betrayal.
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.
Miller's eleventh novel deserves a place in the national psyche * Herald Sun * Miller is a treasure from the land Down Under... Why we haven't been reading him for years, I honestly can't imagine. * Irish Times * Miller's novel is in many respects his best yet, a compelling tale of important ideas and influential relationships, an examination of a period in art and of characters who command empathy even when acting badly. * The Times Literary Supplement on Autumn Laing * It's difficult to shake off the sense that in Coal Creek Miller has struck a kind of grace note in a literary career already lauded for a certain touch of resonant genius. For Coal Creek is that rare, mystifyingly powerful novel that lodges itself, unbidden, deep in the human marrow... Miller brings a rare empathy and melodic power to this tale which is, at one level, a timeless tale of friendship and love, betrayal and injustice. At another it is like a ballad to country - timeless, evocative, and unforgettable. * West Australian * Miller has been a master of visceral description from as long ago as the first novel he published...What might also be considered are the likenesses, more than ever apparent, between his career and that of Patrick White. Each draws deeply on his youthful experience working in the outback. Each writes of the making of art. They are alike adept at acrid comedies of manners. * Weekend Australian * Alex Miller's Coal Creek is a triumph. If ever there were an example of a novelist simultaneously commanding yet somehow at the mercy of a character's voice, this is it. -- Tim Winton * The Australian * Despite its inevitability the novel's explosion of violence, when it comes, makes me almost jump out of my skin. Miller is good at that. And danged if, even after everything that happens, he doesn't manage - Antipodean magician that he is - to put a smile on my face as I turn the final page. * Irish Times * Told in sinewy, taciturn prose, Coal Creek is a brilliantly realised character piece. * The Herald (Scotland) *