Interesting and thoughtful...Miller has a considerable talent for the evocation of a vivid range of atmospheres and emotions.
Utterly absorbing and deeply rewarding both emotionally and intellectually.James Bradley, author of THE RESURRECTIONIST
No paraphrase can do justice to this novel. Conditions of Faith is a blessing.
A mesmerising story of dreams and obsessions... thought-provoking and eloquent.
Told in sinewy, taciturn prose, Coal Creek is a brilliantly realised character piece.
The Herald (Scotland)
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.
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
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.
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.
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 is a treasure from the land Down Under... Why we haven't been reading him for years, I honestly can't imagine.
Miller's eleventh novel deserves a place in the national psyche
[Lovesong] is wonderful, as is all [Miller's] work, full of wisdom and compassion.Anne Michaels, Orange Prize-winning author of FUGITIVE PIECES and THE WINTER VAULT
Miller reveals most clearly the delicacy of his understanding of human nature...[a] tactful and intelligent writer.
Miller's latest, and with luck, not final work not only beguiles as a wry, tender tale but will also remind his admirers, and alert his new readers to, how dauntingly gifted he is at taking an image and shaping a story.
Lovesong is an unusually warm, humane, emotionally true novel that slips its way into your mind and fosters a deep empathy and care for its characters.
Eastern Daily Press