About the Author
Alex Miller is one of Australia’s best loved writers. He is twice winner of 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.
Conditions of Faith, his fifth novel, was published in 2000 and won the Christina Stead Prize for fiction in the 2001 NSW Premiers Literary Awards. It was also nominated for the Dublin IMPAC International Literature Award, shortlisted for the Colin Roderick Award in 2000, the Age Book of the Year Award and the Miles Franklin Award in 2001.
He is also an overall winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize, for The Ancestor Game, in 1993.
Miller’s seventh novel, Prochownik’s Dream, was published in 2005. Landscape of Farewell, published in 2008, was shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal and the Miles Franklin Award and won the Annual Foreign Novels 21st Century Award from the People’s Literature Publishing House in China.
Also in 2008, Alex Miller was awarded the Manning Clark Cultural Award for an outstanding contribution to the quality of Australian cultural life. In 2009, Alex Miller was named as a finalist for the prestigious Melbourne Prize for Literature and his most recent novel, Lovesong, was published in November 2009 to great critical acclaim. In 2012 he won the 2012 Melbourne Prize for Literature.
I have to find out, whether I can get one of his books in large print!
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I’m missing my books, they are physically here, in milk crates and sturdy boxes, stacked high in the garage of my temporary dwelling, but I can’t get to them without disturbing the equilibrium of our possessions waiting to be transported to our permanent abode in three months time.
It’s not only the books I’m missing but also the simple white built-in book cases, we had on the farm. One wall in the family room was ‘sacrificed’ to our old and most faithful friends, books. The bedroom shelves were a home for books in process, not to be written but to be read.
This small townhouse is easy to heat, we have nice neighbours, the living room is cosy and sunny, enough rooms to house the grandsons during school holidays, a garden for Milo, and not too far from shops, coffee lounges and libraries. This will do for…
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June 24, 2019 at 8:08 am | This blog of yours, Helvi, reminds me that I still have to downsize as far as books are concerned. Also a lot of boxes are waiting to be sorted with collected bits and pieces, as for instance letters and photos from way, way back!
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July 22, 2022 at 2:13 am | Now, more than three years later, I am still in the process of throwing out books, and I still need to decide, what from the above mentioned boxes needs to be saved, so that some of my descendants maybe can find out a few things about my long life?
With very bad eyesight, and the need for downsizing due to very old age, I soon won’t have any need for book shelves any more!
Whatever my children would like to have for themselves to keep, they should take it already now, if I do not have any use for it anymore.