Conditions of Faith

Alex Miller

RRP: £7.99

1 July 2011

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781742377346

RRP: £4.99

1 January 2017

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781742695365

Winner of the 2001 Christina Stead Prize for Fiction

From the Author of Miles Franklin Literary Award and Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Winner

With university behind her, Emily Stanton finds herself on the threshold of life. Introduced to a Scottish engineer, the exoticism of his life in Paris beckons, and she leaves her family home in 1920s Melbourne to become his wife. But far from providing answers, her conventional marriage awakens in her an ardent desire to find a reason for living beyond that of simply wife and mother. This desire leads her to flirt with risk, passion and unorthodox friendships, and carries her to Tunisia on a journey of self-questioning and intellectual reawakening.

Conditions of Faith is both a provocative romance and an elegant meditation on a timeless dilemma.
Impetuous yet entirely sympathetic, Emily Stanton, like Henry James’ Isabel Archer, is in search of a reason for living in a society where motherhood is deemed reason enough. This mesmerising and thought-provoking story of dreams, obsessions and destiny will hold you in thrall.