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Reaching Tin River

Reaching Tin River: Text Classics

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Thea Astley

Introduction by Jennifer Down

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.

Read Jennifer Down’s introduction in Kill Your Darlings 

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
andReaching Tin River

‘Dazzling imagery on every page…Beautifully written.’

‘Intelligent, fresh, and new.’

‘How lucidly Ms. Astley evokes for us Australia’s rough pioneer history and Belle’s love for it…You will like this journey, I promise, and when it is over you will wish it weren’t, and you will feel cross and want from Ms. Astley much, much more.’

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  • Reaching Tin River
    ISBN: 9781925626599
    30 April 2018
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