Alex Miller’s latest novel The Passage of Love is an exquisitely personal life story told in a fictional style.

After thirty years, and in an opportunity to review and celebrate both his own life and the life of loved ones, Miller draws on memories, dreams, stories, love and death to create a moving and raw fictional novel that is the closest to an autobiography likely to be read from him.

The Passage of Love is my take on a fictional autobiography,” said Miller.

“My opportunity in old age to review my life and to celebrate the lives of loved ones, and to do this in the form of a story.”

The novel begins with an old man sitting in a New York park, holding 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 of age, 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 unknowings that both torment and tantalise Robert and Lena.

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.

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