After thirty years and in an opportunity to review and celebrate both his own life and the life of loved ones, two time Miles Franklin Award winner, Alex Miller draws on reminiscences, notes, stories, love, and death, to create a moving and raw fictional novel that is the closest to an autobiography we are likely to read from him.Sitting in a New York park, an old man holds 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, 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.