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The Simplest Words


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A selection of short pieces - both fiction and non-fiction - from one of Australia's greatest literary treasures.

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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.


This smorgasbord of fiction and essays is well worth diving into. * Irish Times *
Masterly prose of eloquent plainness... This is a rich, generous compilation that enticingly refracts our perceptions of one of Australia's finest novelists. * Sydney Morning Herald *
This collection features some of Alex Miller's best work from the past 40 years. Seamlessly melding fiction and nonfiction to form a narrative on truth, family and the creative process, The Simplest Words gives intimate insight into the life of this admired writer. * Canberra Weekly *
Told in sinewy, taciturn prose, Coal Creek is a brilliantly realised character piece. * The Herald (Scotland) on Coal Creek *
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 *
Miller reveals most clearly the delicacy of his understanding of human nature...[a] tactful and intelligent writer. * The Guardian on Lovesong *
Coal Creek is a triumph. -- Tim Winton on Coal Creek
A wonderful novel of stunning intricacy and great beauty. -- Michael Ondaatje on The Ancestor Game

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