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Great Humanity and Human Decency: Annette Marfording reviews 'The Simplest Words: A Storyteller’s Journey' by Alex Miller

The Simplest Words: A Storyteller’s Journey (selected and arranged by his wife Stephanie Miller) by Alex Miller,  Allen & Unwin 2015.

There are many Australian authors who are good writers, but there are few who, in addition to bringing the reader enjoyment – and incidentally – teach the reader something about how to be a good person, show the reader the impact of racism and other injustices, and thus demonstrate their deep humanity. 1,555 more words

Issue 17

The simplest words

For Christmas, I bought myself a copy of Alex Miller’s memoir ‘The Simplest Words’, a series of sometimes quite short personal essays. I’m only part way into reading them but was struck to the core by his essay about the death of his elderly mother. 691 more words


Alex Miller bids farewell to writing life in The Simplest Words

The Simplest Words is a novelty. It’s an antho­logy of a living writer’s work, a sort of Portable Alex Miller, but also a farewell to the writing life — as it’s been this far. 86 more words


The Silent Stockman: Coal Creek

Coal Creek by Alex Miller

Stockman Bobby Blue decides to take a job in Mount Hay as the new constable’s offsider. Daniel, the constable, his wife Esme and their two girls, Irie and Miriam, are new to the western country and, struggling to understand its inhabitants. 231 more words

Literature / Fiction

St. Mirren's Halloween horror show

A third of the way through their first season back in Scotland’s second tier and St. Mirren are having a nightmare

AS I made my way to The Falkirk Stadium last Saturday I listened to a special seasonal podcast by St. 1,198 more words

Calum Woodger

Coal Creek, by Alex Miller

For more than a decade, Alex Miller has reliably brought us a new novel to enjoy every two or three years, so by my reckoning we are about due for a new one soon.  1,325 more words


Can you escape this enigmatic room?

The door is shut. The clock is ticking. You’re locked in a room, but the clues to escape are before you. Can you get out? 1,042 more words