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'Autumn Laing has long outlived the legendary circle of artists she cultivated in the 1930s. Now "old and skeleton gaunt", she reflects on her tumultuous relationship with the abundantly talented Pat Donlon and the effect it had on her husband, on Pat's wife and the body of work which launched Pat's career. A brilliantly alive and insistently energetic story of love, loyalty and creativity.

Autumn Laing seduces Pat Donlon with her pearly thighs and her lust for life and art. In doing so she not only compromises the trusting love she has with her husband, Arthur, she also steals the future from Pat's young and beautiful wife, Edith, and their unborn child. Fifty-three years later, cantankerous, engaging, unrestrainable 85-year-old Autumn is shocked to find within herself a powerful need for redemption. As she begins to tell her story, she writes, "They are all dead and I am old and skeleton-gaunt. This is where it began..."

'Written with compassion and intelligence, this energetic, funny and wise novel peels back the layers of storytelling and asks what truth has to do with it. Autumn Laing is an unflinchingly intimate portrait of a woman and her time - she is unforgettable.

Source: www.allenandunwin.com/ (Sighted 21/07/2011).

Notes

  • Autumn Laing is a work of fiction loosely based on the relationship between Sunday Reed and Sidney Nolan.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2011 .
      Courtesy of Allen & Unwin.
      Extent: 464p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: October 2011.
      ISBN: 978174237851

Works about this Work

Alex Miller : Autumn Lang. A Comment by Thea Welsh Thea Welsh , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , January 2013;
y Autumn Laing by Alex Miller : Notes Jan Hutchinson , Victoria : Centre for Adult Education , 2013 Z1933325 2013 single work criticism
How Too Soft a Sell Can Get a Girl's Back Up Stephen Romei , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 15 May 2013; (p. 28)
Beyond the Nation : Australian Literature as World Literature Bill Ashcroft , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Scenes of Reading : Is Australian Literature a World Literature? 2013; (p. 34-46)
Miles Franklin Longlist Has Room for Both Genders Susan Wyndham , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 29 March 2012; (p. 5)
On to a Winner Marc McEvoy , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 24 June 2012; (p. 19)
The Unbearable Wrongness of a Bad Title Helen Trinca , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 10 July 2012; (p. 20)
The Mask of Fiction : A Memoir Alex Miller , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Novels of Alex Miller : An Introduction 2012; (p. 29-41)
'I've been asked for a memoir for this occasion yet I am uncomfortable writing directly about myself. I prefer the mask of fiction. In this preference it is self-deception I fear most, for who but the self-deceived would claim to be able to write with moral detachment about themselves? I am also cautious of the fate of WB Yeats, the poet, of whom Richard Ellmann wrote, 'The autobiographical muse enticed him only to betray him, abandoning him to ultimate perplexity as to the meaning of his experiences' (Yeats, 2). Memoir does not offer us a sure means for contacting the deeper dualities of the self. For his journey to the heart of darkness, fiction is a more certain, if more oblique , way.' (Author's introduction)
'Bright Treasures of Perception' : Writing Art and Painting Words in Autumn Laing Geordie Williamson , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Novels of Alex Miller : An Introduction 2012; (p. 231-244)
'The novels of Alex Miller are, to a degree rare in contemporary Australian fiction, shaped by an elemental vision of nature and our place in it. This paper examines how Miller's attentiveness to the material, physical and literal grounds of human existence sets his fiction apart, and makes it resistant to certain kinds of reading.' (Source: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/australian_literature/images/content/conferences/miller_abstracts2.pdf)
Author Snaffles Danger Money Jason Steger , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 8 November 2012; (p. 3)
Now, Read This Stephen Romei , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 15-16 December 2012; (p. 22-23) The Weekend Australian , 5-6 January 2013; (p. 14-25)
Time for the Timeless Marc McEvoy , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 9 January 2012; (p. 8-9)

— Review of The Vivisector Patrick White 1970 single work novel ; Autumn Laing Alex Miller 2011 single work novel ; The Slap Christos Tsiolkas 2008 single work novel ; Ransom David Malouf 2009 single work novel ; Caleb's Crossing : A Novel Geraldine Brooks 2011 single work novel ; Bereft Chris Womersley 2010 single work novel ; Cloudstreet Tim Winton 1991 single work novel ; That Deadman Dance Kim Scott 2010 single work novel ; The Secret River Kate Grenville 2005 single work novel ; The Lieutenant Kate Grenville 2008 single work novel ; Sarah Thornhill Kate Grenville 2011 single work novel ; The Ballad of Desmond Kale Roger McDonald 2005 single work novel ; Mr Darwin's Shooter Roger McDonald 1998 single work novel
Beach Reads for (Almost) Everyone Marc McEvoy , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 7 January 2012; (p. 19-20)

— Review of Julian Assange: The Unauthorised Autobiography Julian Assange 2011 single work autobiography ; Autumn Laing Alex Miller 2011 single work novel ; Caleb's Crossing : A Novel Geraldine Brooks 2011 single work novel
The Same Fealty to Herself Fiona Gruber , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 8 June no. 5697 2012; (p. 19)

— Review of Autumn Laing Alex Miller 2011 single work novel
Joseph Cummins on Alex Miller, Autumn Laing Joseph Cummins , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Long Paddock , vol. 72 no. 1 2012;

— Review of Autumn Laing Alex Miller 2011 single work novel
Artbooks Sally Blakeney , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Art and Australia , Summer vol. 50 no. 2 2012; (p. 321)

— Review of The Longing Candice Bruce 2012 single work novel ; Autumn Laing Alex Miller 2011 single work novel
Leave It to Autumn Andrew Stephens , 2011 single work biography
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 24 September 2011; (p. 30-31)
Alex Miller tells Andrew Stephens that he doesn't think he would have 'had the confidence to do Autumn's voice' without the experience of his friendship with Barrett Reid.
Alex Miller Helen Greenwood , 2011 single work biography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 1-2 October 2011; (p. 30-31)
e-Words Simon Groth , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 22 - 23 October 2011; (p. 21)
Animalia is now available for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Autumn Laing is being released in print and digital editions.
A Pair of Ragged Claws Stephen Romei , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 29 - 30 October 2011; (p. 19)
A column canvassing current literary news. Discusses Alex Miller's latest novel and a selection of books about horses, racing and the Melbourne Cup
Autumn's Fading Words are Pure and Living Art Geordie Williamson , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 1-2 October 2011; (p. 20-21)

— Review of Autumn Laing Alex Miller 2011 single work novel
Untitled Marion Rankine , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , September vol. 91 no. 3 2011; (p. 25)

— Review of Autumn Laing Alex Miller 2011 single work novel
Review of the Week Thornton McCamish , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 9 October 2011; (p. 16)

— Review of Autumn Laing Alex Miller 2011 single work novel
Passion's Hinterland Diane Stubbings , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 8 October 2011; (p. 23)

— Review of Autumn Laing Alex Miller 2011 single work novel
A Space of Its Own Creation Morag Fraser , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 335 2011; (p. 9-10)

— Review of Autumn Laing Alex Miller 2011 single work novel
The Passion of Art's Seduction Michael McGirr , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 15 October 2011; (p. 31)

— Review of Autumn Laing Alex Miller 2011 single work novel
Losing Another for Love Fran Metcalf , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 15 - 16 October 2011; (p. 20-21)

— Review of Autumn Laing Alex Miller 2011 single work novel
Books Phil Brown , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 19 - 25 October no. 855 2011; (p. 32)

— Review of Autumn Laing Alex Miller 2011 single work novel ; Betrayals Ian Callinan 2011 single work novel
Affairs of the Art Sculpt an Old Woman's Vivid Retrospective Peter Pierce , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 22-23 October 2011; (p. 30-31)

— Review of Autumn Laing Alex Miller 2011 single work novel
Untitled Heather Taylor Johnson , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , November vol. 4 no. 1 2011;

— Review of Autumn Laing Alex Miller 2011 single work novel
Time for the Timeless Marc McEvoy , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 9 January 2012; (p. 8-9)

— Review of The Vivisector Patrick White 1970 single work novel ; Autumn Laing Alex Miller 2011 single work novel ; The Slap Christos Tsiolkas 2008 single work novel ; Ransom David Malouf 2009 single work novel ; Caleb's Crossing : A Novel Geraldine Brooks 2011 single work novel ; Bereft Chris Womersley 2010 single work novel ; Cloudstreet Tim Winton 1991 single work novel ; That Deadman Dance Kim Scott 2010 single work novel ; The Secret River Kate Grenville 2005 single work novel ; The Lieutenant Kate Grenville 2008 single work novel ; Sarah Thornhill Kate Grenville 2011 single work novel ; The Ballad of Desmond Kale Roger McDonald 2005 single work novel ; Mr Darwin's Shooter Roger McDonald 1998 single work novel
Beach Reads for (Almost) Everyone Marc McEvoy , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 7 January 2012; (p. 19-20)

— Review of Julian Assange: The Unauthorised Autobiography Julian Assange 2011 single work autobiography ; Autumn Laing Alex Miller 2011 single work novel ; Caleb's Crossing : A Novel Geraldine Brooks 2011 single work novel
Untitled Janine Burke , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , October no. 72 2011; (p. 88)

— Review of Autumn Laing Alex Miller 2011 single work novel
The Same Fealty to Herself Fiona Gruber , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 8 June no. 5697 2012; (p. 19)

— Review of Autumn Laing Alex Miller 2011 single work novel
Joseph Cummins on Alex Miller, Autumn Laing Joseph Cummins , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Long Paddock , vol. 72 no. 1 2012;

— Review of Autumn Laing Alex Miller 2011 single work novel
Artbooks Sally Blakeney , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Art and Australia , Summer vol. 50 no. 2 2012; (p. 321)

— Review of The Longing Candice Bruce 2012 single work novel ; Autumn Laing Alex Miller 2011 single work novel
Leave It to Autumn Andrew Stephens , 2011 single work biography
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 24 September 2011; (p. 30-31)
Alex Miller tells Andrew Stephens that he doesn't think he would have 'had the confidence to do Autumn's voice' without the experience of his friendship with Barrett Reid.
Alex Miller Helen Greenwood , 2011 single work biography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 1-2 October 2011; (p. 30-31)
e-Words Simon Groth , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 22 - 23 October 2011; (p. 21)
Animalia is now available for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Autumn Laing is being released in print and digital editions.
A Pair of Ragged Claws Stephen Romei , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 29 - 30 October 2011; (p. 19)
A column canvassing current literary news. Discusses Alex Miller's latest novel and a selection of books about horses, racing and the Melbourne Cup
Fact Feeds Fiction in Revealing Novel Fran Metcalf , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 12 November 2011; (p. 53)
Eyes Right Geordie Williamson , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 3 -4 December 2011; (p. 12)
In a round-up of recent Australian and overseas publications,'Geordie Williamson advises on the season's most enticing reading' (p.12).
How I Came to Write Autumn Laing Alex Miller , 2011 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 70 no. 4 2011; (p. 116-121)
Miles Franklin Longlist Has Room for Both Genders Susan Wyndham , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 29 March 2012; (p. 5)
On to a Winner Marc McEvoy , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 24 June 2012; (p. 19)
The Unbearable Wrongness of a Bad Title Helen Trinca , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 10 July 2012; (p. 20)
The Mask of Fiction : A Memoir Alex Miller , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Novels of Alex Miller : An Introduction 2012; (p. 29-41)
'I've been asked for a memoir for this occasion yet I am uncomfortable writing directly about myself. I prefer the mask of fiction. In this preference it is self-deception I fear most, for who but the self-deceived would claim to be able to write with moral detachment about themselves? I am also cautious of the fate of WB Yeats, the poet, of whom Richard Ellmann wrote, 'The autobiographical muse enticed him only to betray him, abandoning him to ultimate perplexity as to the meaning of his experiences' (Yeats, 2). Memoir does not offer us a sure means for contacting the deeper dualities of the self. For his journey to the heart of darkness, fiction is a more certain, if more oblique , way.' (Author's introduction)
'Bright Treasures of Perception' : Writing Art and Painting Words in Autumn Laing Geordie Williamson , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Novels of Alex Miller : An Introduction 2012; (p. 231-244)
'The novels of Alex Miller are, to a degree rare in contemporary Australian fiction, shaped by an elemental vision of nature and our place in it. This paper examines how Miller's attentiveness to the material, physical and literal grounds of human existence sets his fiction apart, and makes it resistant to certain kinds of reading.' (Source: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/australian_literature/images/content/conferences/miller_abstracts2.pdf)
Author Snaffles Danger Money Jason Steger , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 8 November 2012; (p. 3)
Now, Read This Stephen Romei , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 15-16 December 2012; (p. 22-23) The Weekend Australian , 5-6 January 2013; (p. 14-25)
Alex Miller : Autumn Lang. A Comment by Thea Welsh Thea Welsh , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , January 2013;
y Autumn Laing by Alex Miller : Notes Jan Hutchinson , Victoria : Centre for Adult Education , 2013 Z1933325 2013 single work criticism
How Too Soft a Sell Can Get a Girl's Back Up Stephen Romei , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 15 May 2013; (p. 28)
Beyond the Nation : Australian Literature as World Literature Bill Ashcroft , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Scenes of Reading : Is Australian Literature a World Literature? 2013; (p. 34-46)
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