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Issue Details: First known date: 2015 2015
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'Thea Astley: Inventing Her Own Weather is the long-overdue biography of Australian author Thea Astley (1925–2004). Over a fifty-year writing career, Astley published more than a dozen novels and short story collections, including The Acolyte, The Slow Natives and, finally, Drylands in 1999. She was the first person to win multiple Miles Franklin awards – she won four. With many of her works published internationally, Astley was a trailblazer for women writers. In her personal life, she was renowned for her dry wit, eccentricity and compassion.

'Karen Lamb has drawn on an unparalleled range of interviews and correspondence to create a detailed picture of Thea the woman, as well as Astley the writer. She has sought to understand Astley's private world and how that shaped the distinctive body of work that is Thea Astley's literary legacy.'

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  • Other formats: Also large print; sound recording

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Works about this Work

Three Biographies Kate Livett , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 75 no. 2 2016; (p. 268-270)

— Review of Thea Astley : Inventing Her Own Weather Karen Lamb 2015 single work biography ; One Life : My Mother's Story Kate Grenville 2015 single work biography ; Wild Bleak Bohemia : Marcus Clarke, Adam Lindsay Gordon and Henry Kendall - A Documentary Michael Wilding 2014 single work biography
Top Biographies Battle for $25,000 National Prize Susan Wyndham , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 5 July 2016; (p. 10)
Biography is a growing genre in Australian writing and, according to historian Peter Cochrane, that is a sign of a healthy society.
[Review] Thea Astley : Inventing Her Own Weather Paul Genoni , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 16 no. 1 2016;

— Review of Thea Astley : Inventing Her Own Weather Karen Lamb 2015 single work biography
Review : Thea Astley : Inventing Her Own Weather Chris Harrington , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Books + Publishing , vol. 94 no. 3 2015; (p. 24)

— Review of Thea Astley : Inventing Her Own Weather Karen Lamb 2015 single work biography
A Genius Who Confronted Her Readers A Fine Portrait of a Literary Genius Debra Adelaide , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 16-17 May 2015; (p. 26) The Canberra Times , 16 May 2015; (p. 15) The Sydney Morning Herald , 16-17 May 2015; (p. 30)

— Review of Thea Astley : Inventing Her Own Weather Karen Lamb 2015 single work biography
Portrait of a Private Lady Phil Brown , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 16 May 2015; (p. 18)

— Review of Thea Astley : Inventing Her Own Weather Karen Lamb 2015 single work biography
Glorious Paradox Geordie Williamson , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 13-14 June 2015; (p. 16-17)

— Review of Thea Astley : Inventing Her Own Weather Karen Lamb 2015 single work biography
Karen Lamb : Thea Astley: Inventing Her Own Weather Suzanne Marks , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , June 2015;

— Review of Thea Astley : Inventing Her Own Weather Karen Lamb 2015 single work biography
Bombast and Anxiety Susan Sheridan , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , July 2015;

— Review of Thea Astley : Inventing Her Own Weather Karen Lamb 2015 single work biography
Well Read Katharine England , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 20 June 2015; (p. 32)

— Review of Thea Astley : Inventing Her Own Weather Karen Lamb 2015 single work biography
Treading the High Wire Kerryn Goldsworthy , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 374 2015; (p. 15-16)

— Review of Thea Astley : Inventing Her Own Weather Karen Lamb 2015 single work biography
You Don’t Need to Be a Weatherwoman To Know Which Way the Wind Blows Christina Ealing-Godbold , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Women’s Book Review , vol. 26 no. 1/2 2014;

— Review of Thea Astley : Inventing Her Own Weather Karen Lamb 2015 single work biography
'KAREN Lamb has produced an excellent piece of “life writing” in her biography of the Queensland author, Thea Astley. Astley, a successful Australian author by any standards, has contributed 16 published works and many articles to Australian literature, winning the Miles Franklin Award four times. Thea Astley was an All Hallows School girl from Brisbane, a graduate of The University of Queensland, and a Queensland school teacher for the first few years of her career, combining the roles of wife and mother, teacher, academic and prolific author, in what appeared to be a seamless fashion. Karen Lamb, in her carefully researched work, opens the door to the private life of Astley and allows the reader to follow her career and life journey, including the juggling of roles and commitments.' (Author's introduction)
Review : Thea Astley : Inventing Her Own Weather Chris Harrington , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Books + Publishing , vol. 94 no. 3 2015; (p. 24)

— Review of Thea Astley : Inventing Her Own Weather Karen Lamb 2015 single work biography
A Genius Who Confronted Her Readers A Fine Portrait of a Literary Genius Debra Adelaide , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 16-17 May 2015; (p. 26) The Canberra Times , 16 May 2015; (p. 15) The Sydney Morning Herald , 16-17 May 2015; (p. 30)

— Review of Thea Astley : Inventing Her Own Weather Karen Lamb 2015 single work biography
Portrait of a Private Lady Phil Brown , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 16 May 2015; (p. 18)

— Review of Thea Astley : Inventing Her Own Weather Karen Lamb 2015 single work biography
Glorious Paradox Geordie Williamson , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 13-14 June 2015; (p. 16-17)

— Review of Thea Astley : Inventing Her Own Weather Karen Lamb 2015 single work biography
Karen Lamb : Thea Astley: Inventing Her Own Weather Suzanne Marks , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , June 2015;

— Review of Thea Astley : Inventing Her Own Weather Karen Lamb 2015 single work biography
Well Read Katharine England , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 20 June 2015; (p. 32)

— Review of Thea Astley : Inventing Her Own Weather Karen Lamb 2015 single work biography
Bombast and Anxiety Susan Sheridan , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , July 2015;

— Review of Thea Astley : Inventing Her Own Weather Karen Lamb 2015 single work biography
Treading the High Wire Kerryn Goldsworthy , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 374 2015; (p. 15-16)

— Review of Thea Astley : Inventing Her Own Weather Karen Lamb 2015 single work biography
You Don’t Need to Be a Weatherwoman To Know Which Way the Wind Blows Christina Ealing-Godbold , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Women’s Book Review , vol. 26 no. 1/2 2014;

— Review of Thea Astley : Inventing Her Own Weather Karen Lamb 2015 single work biography
'KAREN Lamb has produced an excellent piece of “life writing” in her biography of the Queensland author, Thea Astley. Astley, a successful Australian author by any standards, has contributed 16 published works and many articles to Australian literature, winning the Miles Franklin Award four times. Thea Astley was an All Hallows School girl from Brisbane, a graduate of The University of Queensland, and a Queensland school teacher for the first few years of her career, combining the roles of wife and mother, teacher, academic and prolific author, in what appeared to be a seamless fashion. Karen Lamb, in her carefully researched work, opens the door to the private life of Astley and allows the reader to follow her career and life journey, including the juggling of roles and commitments.' (Author's introduction)
Three Biographies Kate Livett , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 75 no. 2 2016; (p. 268-270)

— Review of Thea Astley : Inventing Her Own Weather Karen Lamb 2015 single work biography ; One Life : My Mother's Story Kate Grenville 2015 single work biography ; Wild Bleak Bohemia : Marcus Clarke, Adam Lindsay Gordon and Henry Kendall - A Documentary Michael Wilding 2014 single work biography
[Review] Thea Astley : Inventing Her Own Weather Paul Genoni , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 16 no. 1 2016;

— Review of Thea Astley : Inventing Her Own Weather Karen Lamb 2015 single work biography
Top Biographies Battle for $25,000 National Prize Susan Wyndham , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 5 July 2016; (p. 10)
Biography is a growing genre in Australian writing and, according to historian Peter Cochrane, that is a sign of a healthy society.
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