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Title:
Thea Astley : inventing her own weather
Author:
Lamb, Karen, 1956-, author.
ISBN:
9780702253560
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Publication Information:
St Lucia, Queensland University of Queensland Press, 2015.

©2015
Physical Description:
xiv, 360 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm.
Contents:
Machine generated contents note: pt. 1 THE HINTERLAND -- 1.The hinterland of childhood -- 2.Suspected of reading -- 3.Barjai: A meeting place -- 4.We've Freud and Nietzsche at our finger-tips -- pt. 2 DREAM COUNTRY -- 5.Dream Country -- 6.Jack -- 7.The Gorgon of Epping North -- 8.An armed neutrality -- 9.I merely crave an intelligent buddy -- 10.Writing as a neuter -- pt. 3 NORTH OF NOSTALGIA -- 11.The oldest senior tutor in the Commonwealth -- 12.North of nostalgia -- 13.Living is serial -- 14.Jane Austen of the rainforest -- pt. 4 PERSONAL WEATHER -- 15.Pictures from a family album -- 16.Inventing her own weather -- 17.Curving.
Abstract:
This is the first biography of one of Australia's most beloved novelists, Thea Astley (1925-2004). Over a 50-year writing career, Astley published more than a dozen novels and short story collections, including "The Acolyte," "Drylands," and "The Slow Natives," and was the first person to win multiple Miles Franklin Awards. With many of her works published internationally, Astley was a trailblazer for women writers. In her personal life, she was renowned for her dry wit, eccentricity, and compassion. Karen Lamb has drawn on an unparalleled range of interviews and correspondence to create a detailed picture of Thea the woman, as well as Astley the writer. She has sought to understand Astley's private world and how that shaped the distinctive body of work that is Thea Astley's literary legacy.
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