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Coal Creek - Alex Miller

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'Me and Ben had been mates since we was boys and if it come to it I knew I would have to be on his side.'

Bobby Blue is caught between loyalty to his only friend, Ben Tobin, and his boss, Daniel Collins, the new Constable at Mount Hay. 'Ben was not a big man but he was strong and quick as a snake. He had his own breed of pony that was just like him, stocky and reliable on their feet.' Bobby understands the people and the ways of Mount Hay; Collins studies the country as an archaeologist might, bringing his coastal values to the hinterland. Bobby says, 'I do not think Daniel would have understood Ben in a million years.' Increasingly bewildered and goaded to action by his wife, Constable Collins takes up his shotgun and his Webley pistol to deal with Ben. Bobby's love for Collins' wilful young daughter Irie is exposed, leading to tragic consequences for them all.

Miller's exquisite depictions of the country of the Queensland highlands form the background of this simply told but deeply significant novel of friendship, love, loyalty and the tragic consequences of misunderstanding and mistrust. Coal Creek is a wonderfully satisfying novel with a gratifying resolution. It carries all the wisdom and emotional depth we have come to expect from Miller's richly evocative novels.

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Every line of this novel reads like poetry. It's the story of a young man in the bush, with no education, who goes to work for the new local policeman, who does not understand how the place has always functioned. When he and his wife set about introducing new rules and values, the consequences are tragic.

Miller invests this masculine elegy to mateship and the ways of his beloved back country of Queensland with hypnotically rhythmic cadences, heavy with portent and signalling that trouble lies ahead. Stark powerful prose from a master.

About the Author

Alex Miller is twice winner of Australia's premier literary prize, The Miles Franklin Literary Award, first 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, in 1993 for The Ancestor Game. His fifth novel, Conditions of Faith, won the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction in the 2001 New South Wales Premier's Awards. In 2011 he won this award a second time with his novel Lovesong. Lovesong also won the People's Choice Award in the NSW Premier's Awards, the Age Book of the Year Award and the Age Fiction Prize for 2011. In 2007 Landscape of Farewell was published to wide critical acclaim and in 2008 won the Chinese Annual Foreign Novels 21st Century Award for Best Novel and the Manning Clark Medal for an outstanding contribution to Australian cultural life. It was also short-listed for the Miles Franklin Award, the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, the ALS Gold Medal and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Alex is published internationally and widely in translation and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

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    5.0

    Powerful read by a great author

    By don't have one

    from Sydney

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    • Engaging characters
    • Page-Turner
    • Well Written

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      Comments about Coal Creek:

      I read at least 1 hour daily.
      The characters are vital and the story is gripping.
      Found the grammar a bit off-putting at first but it was the author's way of make the characters authentic and it became easier to get involved in the story.
      Shows the way people are branded by a community or the company they keep and that what you read or hear is not always the truth.

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      3.0

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        A bit slow paced and I thought the events that led to the climax were unconvincing.

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        2.0

        Good but not amazing

        By Apey

        from West Wyalong, NSW

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        • Well Written

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        • A Bit Slow
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        Was a good story, just a little slow at times

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        4.0

        Coal Creek

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        • Engaging characters
        • Intriguing

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        • Unusual Style

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        Unusual style takes some getting used to but you still want to read on to find out the tragedy that is hinted at from the beginning. Probably won't suit everyone but on reflection I really enjoyed reading it.

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        5.0

        Great Australian read

        By Bridget

        from Queensland

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            A good read easy to follow and relates to Australian bush culture.

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            ISBN: 9781743316986
            ISBN-10: 1743316984
            Audience: General
            Format: Paperback
            Language: English
            Number Of Pages: 304
            Published: 1st October 2013
            Publisher: Allen & Unwin
            Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 15.3  x 2.3
            Weight (kg): 0.35