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Manuka is the story of Tom and Reuben, a couple of Australian chancers who set out for New Zealand to teach the locals how to break in horses. It’s set in the 1970s, but with the men finding themselves living out of swags in a remote camp, trying to clear the land of manuka scrub, it could have been at any point in the last 200 years. This short story starts out as a battle between the men and the elements – the cold seeping through the enclosed gorge is a far cry from the hot and open plains of Australia – but soon becomes a battle between the men and their own minds. Isolated from all exter
Autumn Laing is the thinly veiled story of Australian artist Sidney Nolan (here called Pat Donlon) and his sponsor, Sunday Reed (Autumn Laing). Alex Miller explains at the end that he had intended to write a fictionalised biography of Nolan but felt that the voice he had created in Autumn Laing was so strong that it took over the story. Ho hum. The thing with real people is that they are seldom as interesting as fictional people. Real life events feel exciting because they are real - but played out on the page they can quickly feel mundane. Or slowly feel mundane. In this case, the