Drylands: A Book for the World's Last Reader

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Viking, 1999 - Australia - 293 pages
Novel set in a country town endangered by drought, whose citizens are driven to leave for various reasons and whose lives are shadowed by violence. The award-winning author's other publications include 'The Well Dressed Explorer', 'The Slow Natives', 'The Acolyte', 'It's Raining in Mango' and 'The Multiple Effects of Rainshadow'.

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User Review  - Amotisse - LibraryThing

i was reading maybe 3 or 4 books at a time, so it took me a while to get through. life in these dusty landscapes, that i love, is much less desirable for these characters. like waiting for something ... Read full review

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User Review  - EscapeBookClub - LibraryThing

Read by the group in May 2001 ..... This is about a dying Australian country town in Queensland. There were some interesting and unforgetable characters. Read full review


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About the author (1999)

Thea Astley was born in Brisbane in 1925. She attended the University of Queensland before teaching in both Queensland and New South Wales. She was on the staff at Macquarie University in Sydney from 1968 to 1980. Astley has won the Miles Franklin Award four times: The Well Dressed Explorer in 1962, The Slow Natives in 1965, The Acolyte in 1972, and Drylands in 2000. Astley's novel, The Multiple Effects of Rainshadow, was nominated in 1997 for the Miles Franklin Award. Thea Astley is featured on the Albert Street (Brisbane) literary trail, which commemorates authors who have used Brisbane as a locale.

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