Philip Miller’s second novel, All the Galaxies, is one of those novels that I’ll read again. As a writer, I found myself both admiring him (which is fine) and also hating him a little bit (which is even better) because there are so many moments when he, quite simply, manages to crack that elusive, creative code of perfect prose.
From a reader’s perspective, Miller is both an accomplished storyteller and philosopher in All the Galaxies. This dynamic novel engages you on many levels, from its foundation of masterfully drawn, evocative prose to the metaphysical questions raised as the narrative unfolds.
We’re witness as John Fallon struggles to find his son, Roland, as a dystopian society, fragmented Glasgow as a backdrop, rages around him. Meanwhile Roland, guided by his childhood dog Kim, is coping with his own transcendental journey as he faces death and a voyage through the galaxies to find his mother. All the Galaxies is worth your time. It will warm your heart, challenge your preconceived notions, and make you hope that Phillip Miller is hard at work on his third novel.
I read an advance copy on Netgalley, so thanks to Freight Books for that opportunity. But this is one I will want in my personal collection. Maybe you will too. You can pre-order here where All the Galaxies is available at Freight for pre-order.
Amy Burns, Managing Editor &
Author of Leaving is My Colour