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Astley, Thea

Works: 121 works in 596 publications in 4 languages and 11,882 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Black humor  Novels  Psychological fiction  Pastoral fiction  Short stories  Poetry  History  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Other
Classifications: PR9619.3.A75, 823
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A descant for gossips by Thea Astley( )

40 editions published between 1959 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this classic story of small-town life, two schoolteachers are drawn to each other by their concern for a lonely young schoolgirl. But rumour and malice mount against the three, sweeping them into isolation and, ultimately, disaster."--As long as Vinny Lalor could remember she had been on the fringe of things. Family and school both found her their least important member. They circled giddily without needing her. She was afraid, as she clung to the spinning edges of her world, that one day she would be flung unwanted and violently into space. Even the new season did not burst over her in a green flurry. Buds flocked along the adolescent trees, but she came, after her fourteenth winter, unmoved by the spring into the first week of the last term
Thea Astley : selected poems by Thea Astley( )

5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 797 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
The slow natives by Thea Astley( Book )

33 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
Reaching Tin River by Thea Astley( Book )

26 editions published between 1990 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"...A vivid novel about growing up in that big brown land. Belle's story, told in the first person and mostly in the present tense, begins prenatally. Mother leaves Belle's dad; the child is born on her grandparents' sheep ranch. At a tender age, she is packed off to boarding school because Mum wants to be a drummer. Together with Belle's Aunt Marie, Mum earns an uncertain living playing big-band golden oldies in backwater towns. After years in a seedy boarding house, Mum and Belle move into their own home, but here Belle feels even more displaced. Unconventional Mum turns the house into a hostel for the wandering young of the counterculture 70's. ''I return home each day to a house always in flux,'' Belle mourns. ''I am the stranger in need of a center.'' Belle moves out, gets a job as a research librarian, meets a man called Seb. ''Thinking I might at this point find my missing center we achieve a quiet marriage attended by four other archivists and six cataloguers.'' Seb is not, of course, going to work out. It is here, with this flat and joyless union, that the reader begins to experience profound disbelief. Belle has described herself as pale and frail, a photographic ''negative,'' but this is scarcely a tale told by a tepid and suppressed minimalist. Belle's voice is rich, observant, critical, caustic. This voice sweeps on, noticing, recording, complaining, annihilating punctuation, ignoring grammar, making feminist pronouncements, all the while crying, ''Me, me, me.'' We never learn much about Mum the drummer (a pity, she seemed so promising); Belle's search for her father ends dismally; and as for Seb, awful Seb, the macho librarian, our heroine's main complaint is that - get this - he wanted her to cook dinner..." --New York Times
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 559 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spans an entire century in Australia - family saga
An item from the late news by Thea Astley( Book )

23 editions published between 1982 and 1984 in English and held by 535 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 )

18 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in English and held by 502 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 472 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 )

34 editions published between 1979 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 426 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 )

19 editions published between 1992 and 1995 in English and held by 422 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
A kindness cup by Thea Astley( Book )

42 editions published between 1974 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fictionalized account of a massacre of Aboriginals by a white vigilante group in north Qld. around 1880 and of its ramifications for the participants 20 years later
Two by Astley by Thea Astley( Book )

5 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The acolyte by Thea Astley( Book )

27 editions published between 1972 and 1998 in English and Afrikaans and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The well dressed explorer by Thea Astley( Book )

20 editions published between 1962 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 254 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 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The novel follows a group of passengers on a cruise ship docked at a Pacific Island as a hurricane approaches
Drylands : a book for the world's last reader by Thea Astley( Book )

24 editions published between 1990 and 2018 in English and Chinese and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In her flat above Drylands' newsagency, Janet Deakin is writing a book for the world's last reader. Loneliness is almost a religion, and still almost everyone knows your business. The town is being outmanoeuvred by drought and begins to empty. All residents are shadowed by violence of some sort - these people whose only victory over the town is in leaving it
Girl with a monkey by Thea Astley( Book )

18 editions published between 1958 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 211 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
The multiple effects of rainshadow by Thea Astley( Book )

11 editions published between 1996 and 2018 in English and held by 196 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 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It's raining in Mango by Thea Astley( Book )

10 editions published between 1986 and 2010 in English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wresting his family from the easy living of nineteenth-century Sydney, Cornelius Laffey takes them to northern Queensland where thousands of hopefuls are digging for gold in the mud. They confront the horror of Aboriginal dispossession, and Cornelius is sacked for reporting the slaughter
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A descant for gossips
The slow nativesAn item from the late newsBeachmastersHunting the wild pineappleThe acolyteThe well dressed explorerA boat load of home folkDrylands : a book for the world's last reader
Alternative Names
Astley, Thea

Astley, Thea Beatrice May

Astley, Thea Beatrice May 1925-2004

Gregson, Thea

Gregson, Thea 1925-2004

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Thea Astley auteur uit Australië (1925-2004)

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Thea Astley Twentieth century Australian novelist

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