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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin Australia (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742378838
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742378831
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,614,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alex Miller has twice won 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. He is also an overall winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, for The Ancestor Game, in 1993. British by birth, he now lives in Victoria.

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Customer Reviews

A genuine art historian with a clever, believable story to tell.
JDS
Perhaps I was too connected with the real story, having read quite a lot about the people and visited Heidi, Sunday's home.
Elizabeth J. Lawson
I loved this book I thought it was a fantastic read and very interesting.
Nee

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Christine Maingard on October 17, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Alex Miller is one of Australia's most distinguished writers and Autumn Laing is another masterpiece.

"They are all dead, and I am old and skeleton-gaunt." is the opening line of this beautifully crafted novel. The old and cranky narrator weaves her past and present into a beautifully told account of her passionate relationship with Patrick Donlon, her former lover and muse. The story is told with an incredible depth of human emotions - from selfishness, guilt, betrayal, jealousy, anger, tenderness and passion and an almost unbearable sense of grief that still lingers whilst the memories of half a century ago surface.

For me the experience was more than simply reading a novel. It felt as if I became absorbed in a beautifully crafted painting that reveals itself, layer by layer, as an intimate portrait of a woman who is self-absorbed and almost destructive but who finds a place of peace towards the end of her life.

Highly recommended.

Christine Maingard, Author of 'Think Less Be More:Mental Detox for Everyone'
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By JDS on October 28, 2011
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I found this book totally absorbing. Beautifully written - the writer is an artist with words making one feel so totally involved with the characters and their emotions. A genuine art historian with a clever, believable story to tell. I loved it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TheOtherYaniv on January 28, 2013
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First, just to be clear: I am not a student of Australian art or art history, and I was not looking for the real Sidney Nolan between the covers of this book. Alex Miller makes it abundantly clear that this is a work of fiction, and as far as I'm concerned this gives him sufficient license to make whatever he likes of Pat Donlon (the Nolan character).

This is not a narrative-driven work. The central thrust of the plot comes down to this: Autumn Laing, a wealthy patroness of the arts, and Pat Donlon, a renegade young artist, engage in an intense affair. This affair is destructive, but maybe also creative -- Autumn Laing sees herself as Pat Donlon's muse. Donlon goes on to bigger things and abandons Laing to her damaged marriage. Laing gets old, uneventfully except for the turmoil inside her, which she attempts to calm by writing about those formative events in her life. Readers looking for lots of plot will be disappointed. This is a book of reflections on some of the bigger themes of what it means to be human.

Autumn Laing is not "about" just one thing. Of course, it raises many questions about art: What is art? How is it created? How ought the credit for a work of art be apportioned? Is there any value in studying and talking about art? What is destroyed when art is created? Does the creation justify the destruction? It is a testament to the quality of Alex Miller's writing that not only does he meditate on all these issues without ever being superficial or stuffy or insular, he also manages to meaningfully explore a number of other "big" themes. Youth and old age, love and lust, betrayal, regret, and the fine line between truth and fiction all get quite a look-in in Autumn Laing.
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By Dawn Smith on May 30, 2014
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An interesting fictional look at Sunday Reed and her love affair with Sydney Nolan. Beautiful expressive writing by Alex Miller
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I really enjoyed the character portrayals in the book. The development of all the relationships with Autumn is created around her thoughts and feelings of the time.
I really liked the way Autumn tells the story and can reflect back with commentary.
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By Candi Lloyd on April 8, 2014
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I read it for book group. I thought it was OK. My life was not richer for reading it. Others loved it.
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By JANICE BROWN on January 13, 2014
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Long and involved and slow moving... fine details of who was going to the toilet and what for and on and on. Gave up 3/4 way through. Life is too short.
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By Elizabeth J. Lawson on December 22, 2013
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I was very disappointed in this book. Several friends had recommended it and I thought of choosing it for my book club, but I had trouble finishing it. The "re-working" of the Sunday Reed/Sydney Nolan story did not work for me. Perhaps I was too connected with the real story, having read quite a lot about the people and visited Heidi, Sunday's home. I was surprised that the characters in the book seemed so unconvincing when they were based on real ones. This was the first Alex Miller I had read, so I quickly read another to give him a chance, but I am not a fan.
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