A sensuously written, peculiarly Australian novel about the relationship between a painter and his subject.
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.
An awesomely elegant, subtly sensuous, stylish exploration of the
inner self of an ageing portrait artist . . . If there were doubts
about the maturity of Australian fiction, this book puts those
doubts to rest. -- Frank Moorhouse
Like Patrick White, Miller uses the painter to portray the ambivalence of art and the artist. In The Sitters is the brooding genius of light. Its presence is made manifest in Miller's supple, painterly prose which layers words into textured moments. * The Sunday Age *
Elegant yet compassionate, austere yet profoundly human. * Australian Book Review *