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Thea Astley

Introduction by Emily Maguire

This will be a book for the world’s last reader, she decided, chewing pen-end over an open exercise book.

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.

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Thea Astley
About the Author

Thea Astley was born in Brisbane in 1925. Her first novel, Girl with a Monkey, was published in 1958 and her third, The Well Dressed Explorer (1962), won the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Many notable books followed, among them the groundbreaking A Kindness Cup (1974), which addressed frontier massacres of Indigenous Australians, and It’s...

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30 April 2018
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Praise for Thea Astley

‘It is impossible to put this book down. It seethes with energy and passion.’


Other editions ofDrylands
  • Drylands
    ISBN: 9781925626612
    30 April 2018
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