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Astley, Thea

Works: 106 works in 524 publications in 4 languages and 10,536 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Black humor  Psychological fiction  Pastoral fiction  Novels  Interviews  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PR9619.3.A75, 823
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A descant for gossips by Thea Astley( )

32 editions published between 1959 and 2015 in English and Italian and held by 907 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In thisw classic story of small-town life, two schoolteachers are drawn to each other by their concern for a lonely young girl. For as long as Vinny Lalor can remember, she has been on the fringe of things - in her family and at school. But as the final term of the year progresses, rumour and malice mount against Vinny and her two teachers, sweeping them towards scandal and, for one of them, disaster" --backcover
The slow natives by Thea Astley( Book )

29 editions published between 1965 and 2012 in English and held by 711 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A suburban couple have drifted into the shallows of middle-aged boredom. Their fourteen-year-old is a stranger, indifferent and sliding into delinquency. The family seems normal, but desire and inner emotion are never quite so simple
It's raining in Mango : pictures from a family album by Thea Astley( Book )

28 editions published between 1987 and 1990 in English and held by 592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One family traced from the 1860s to the 1980s, beginning with Cornelius Laffey, an Irish-born journalist. Wresting his kin from the easy living of nineteenth-century Sydney, he takes them to northern Queensland where thousands of hopefuls are digging for gold in the mud. The family confronts the horror of Aboriginal dispossession, and Cornelius is sacked for reporting the slaughter. The cycles of generations turn, one over the other. Only some things change. That world and this world both have their Catholic priests, their bigots, their radicals. Winner of the inaugural Steele Rudd Award, this is an unforgettable tale of the other side of Australia's heritage
Thea Astley : selected poems by Thea Astley( )

5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This exciting collection by Australian literary legend Thea Astley brings together for the first time many poems that have never been seen or published.Winning multiple prizes for her fiction, including four Miles Franklin Awards, Astley's earliest ambition was to write poetry. It remained her private passion throughout her student days and into adulthood. These surprising and satisfying poems chart her development as a writer, evoking wartime Brisbane, the natural landscape and small-town life
Reaching Tin River by Thea Astley( Book )

22 editions published between 1990 and 2018 in English and held by 550 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tin River is a townlet of terminal attractiveness. Tin River is a state of mind. Researching in the archives Belle discovers the long-dead Gaden Lockyer, a colonial pioneer in Jericho Flats, and soon becomes obsessed. Belle's quest for Lockyer is her way of coming to terms with the past--her mother, 'a drummer in her own all-women's group'; her absent American father; and her ineffectual husband, Seb. In Reaching Tin River, Thea Astley's satire is at its sharpest and most entertaining
An item from the late news by Thea Astley( Book )

19 editions published between 1982 and 1984 in English and held by 534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wafer is a Bomb Age Baby. Legend has it he was born to an Australian father and a Swedish mother in Europe just before World War II, and as a young child saw his father blown apart by a bomb during the London Blitz. His own shell-shocked youth has been an aimless drifting through boarding schools, odd jobs, and hippie trails all over the world. Finally, he lands exhausted in Allbut, a small and decaying mining town somewhere in Queensland. Haunted by the modern-day myth of nuclear holocaust, Wafer seeks the perfect bomb shelter. And what better place to build your shelter than Allbut, Australia? Allbut, however, considers itself a clean and decent town, and it is soon clear that Wafer does not belong there. He is kind to Aborigines, helpful to travelling strangers, and - worst of all - he doesn't drink
Coda by Thea Astley( Book )

16 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in English and held by 515 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From an Australian writer, a bleak tale on the irrelevance of old people in today's society. The protagonist is a woman seeking meaning in her final years. Her husband is dead, her children have no use for her except as a baby sitter and have consigned her to a home. By the author of The Slow Natives
Beachmasters by Thea Astley( Book )

18 editions published between 1985 and 1989 in 3 languages and held by 477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De oorspronkelijke bevolking van een klein eilandje in de Stille Zuidzee doet een slecht opgezette poging hun onafhankelijkheid van de Europese bezetter te verkrijgen. Door gebruik van dialect moeilijk toegankelijk
Hunting the wild pineapple by Thea Astley( Book )

31 editions published between 1979 and 2009 in English and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leverson, the narrator at the centre of these stories, calls himself a 'people freak.' Seduced by north Queensland's sultry beauty and unique strangeness, he is as fascinated by the invading hordes of misfits from the south as by the old established Queenslanders
Vanishing points by Thea Astley( Book )

17 editions published between 1992 and 1995 in English and held by 418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Australia's acclaimed national treasure delivers two slyly linked novellas - The Genteel Poverty Bus Company and Inventing the Weather - in which "progress" vies unsuccessfully with more feral aspects of an untamed land."--BOOK JACKET. "When would-be hermit Macintosh Hope, formerly of the Genteel Poverty Bus Company, settles down on a tiny Pacific isle off Australia's coast, he thinks he's found the perfect retreat from the workaday world. And he has - until neighboring Hummock Island is claimed by developer Clifford Truscott as a tourists' paradise. Thus sparks a confrontation pitting the thuggery of progress against the skills and wit of a lone man who proves uncannily adept at remaining the proverbial thorn in the magnate's side."--BOOK JACKET. "Inventing the Weather finds the same developer's wife fed up and leaving her fatcat husband and their smug, precocious children. Julie Truscott's journey to independence takes her as far as a small mission run by nuns at Bukki Bay. But old ties aren't severed easily, and Clifford soon sets off tremors in the mission community, once he casts a profit-making eye on its enviable spot on the coast."--BOOK JACKET. "With an unerring sense for language and a shrewd eye for human character and detail, Thea Astley sounds the territory and spirit of her native Gold Coast with the authority of a seasoned denizen of the terrain."--BOOK JACKET
Two by Astley by Thea Astley( Book )

4 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A kindness cup by Thea Astley( Book )

37 editions published between 1974 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In nineteenth-century Queensland, Lieutenant Freddie Buckmaster takes a band of men to 'disperse the natives' from Mandarana, an outback town. Violence is the inevitable result. Terrified, a young mother, Kowaha, leaps from a cliff, holding her baby. Two decades after the massacre, Tom Dorahy returns to his hometown for a reunion, bringing with him memories of its dark past and an attempt to reclaim justice for the victims of that night
The acolyte by Thea Astley( Book )

25 editions published between 1972 and 1998 in English and Afrikaans and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The well dressed explorer by Thea Astley( Book )

17 editions published between 1962 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A boat load of home folk by Thea Astley( Book )

15 editions published between 1968 and 2012 in English and Italian and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the tourist ship Malekula arrives at a tropic island in the the Pacific the crushing heat and the looming hurricane intensify the hostilities and frustrations of the egocentric people on board. And when the hurricane bursts on the island the havoc it brings is less perhaps than the personal storms of man and wife, of spinster friends, of man and mistress, of erring priest
Drylands : a book for the world's last reader by Thea Astley( Book )

22 editions published between 1990 and 2018 in English and Chinese and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the dying town of Drylands, Janet Deakin sells papers to lonely locals. At night, in her flat above the newsagency, she attempts to write a novel for a world in which no one reads--'full of people, she envisaged, glaring at a screen that glared glassily back.' Drylands is the story of the townsfolk's harsh, violent lives. Trenchant and brilliant, Thea Astley's final novel is a dark portrait of outback Australia in decline
Girl with a monkey by Thea Astley( Book )

17 editions published between 1958 and 2012 in English and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Loneliness has driven a young school teacher in a small North Queensland town to form an unlikely relationship with a road worker. Harry is older and more experienced than Elsie, but vulnerable through his possessive love for her. In an attempt to escape from him, Elsie obtains a transfer
The multiple effects of rainshadow by Thea Astley( Book )

9 editions published between 1996 and 2018 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On a January morning in 1930, in an island mission off the Queensland coast, the superintendent goes on a rampage that rips the community apart. Afterwards, only a few are free to leave, but even back on the mainland they cannot escape the effects of the brutality they've witnessed. Two decades later, violence once again erupts on the island
Collected stories by Thea Astley( Book )

6 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drylands by Thea Astley( Recording )

10 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In her flat above Drylands' newsagency, Janet Deakin is writing a book for the world's last reader. Little has changed her in 50 years, except for the coming of cable TV. Loneliness is almost a religion, and still everyone knows your business. But the town is being outmanoeuvered by drought and begins to empty, pouring itself out like water into sand. Small minds shrink even smaller in the vastness of the land. One man is forced out by council rates and bigotry; another sells his property, risking the lot to build his dream. And all of them are shadowed by violence of some sort - these people whose only victory over the town is in leaving it
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Audience level: 0.37 (from 0.05 for Thea Astle ... to 0.92 for Portraits ...)

An item from the late news
The slow nativesAn item from the late newsBeachmastersHunting the wild pineappleThe acolyteA boat load of home folkDrylands : a book for the world's last readerThe multiple effects of rainshadowDrylands
Alternative Names
Astley, Thea

Astley, Thea Beatrice May 1925-2004

Gregson, Thea

Gregson, Thea 1925-2004

Thea Astley australijska pisarka

Thea Astley australische Schriftstellerin

Thea Astley auteur uit Australië (1925-2004)

Thea Astley novelista australiana

Thea Astley romancieră australiană

Thea Astley romancière australienne

Thea Astley Twentieth century Australian novelist

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