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Drylands: Text Classics

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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.

Thea Astley
About the Author

Thea Beatrice May Astley was born in Brisbane in 1925. She attended All Hallows, a Catholic school in Fortitude Valley, before studying arts at the University of Queensland. Astley trained to be a teacher and, on marrying Jack Gregson in 1948, moved to Sydney and worked in a number of schools. The pair had a son, Ed.

In 1958 Astley’s first...

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Extent:
272pp
Format:
Paperback
Text publication date:
1 May 2018
ISBN:
9781925603576
AU Price:
$12.95
NZ Price:
$15.99
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‘It is impossible to put this book down. It seethes with energy and passion.’

‘Wonderful.’

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