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The Passage of Love

Alex Miller


Allen & Unwin

Fiction & Literature


300 pages

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"It’s the most candid, sharing, generous book I’ve read in a long time" Michael Cathcart, ABC Radio National

"I love Alex Miller’s new novel, The Passage of Love, which delivers an enthralling fusion of fiction and memoir." Tom Griffiths, Australian Book 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.

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By:   Alex Miller
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781760297343
ISBN 10:   1760297348
Pages:   300
Publication Date:   October 2017
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

  • Long-listed for Indie Book Awards - Fiction 2018 (Australia)
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