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y Puberty Blues single work   novel  
Issue Details: First known date: 1979 1979
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Adaptations

form y Puberty Blues Margaret Kelly , Sydney : Limelight Productions , 1981 Z826184 1981 single work film/TV (taught in 3 units)

Debbie and Sue are accepted into Greenhill Beach's gang, an elite group of teenagers occupying a particular stretch of Cronulla beachfront. As surfie groupies, Debbie and Sue find out that they are expected to submit to male whims and play out 'strange' rituals, such as not eating or going to the bathroom when a boy is around. The girls' life mainly consists of doing what everyone else does: watching the boys surf, having sex with them (in the back seat of cars and at home-alone parties), and getting drunk. The narrative maintains a humorously ironic distance from the awfulness of the scene, particularly through the use of narration. The boys, though portrayed as collectively dominant, are individually consigned to the margins, while Debbie and Sue ultimately break out of the confines of male-imposed rules.

form y Puberty Blues Fiona Seres , Alice Bell , Tony McNamara , Australia : Southern Star John Edwards , 2012-2014 Z1832856 2012 series - publisher film/TV

'Puberty Blues is an Australian classic which chronicles a special moment of our history. In the early 1970s, the middle baby boomers were coming into their adolescence and early adulthood. The sexual revolution was in full flow. In America "teenagerdom" had come into its own in the sixties. It happened here in the seventies, with the arrival of drugs and the anti-Vietnam fed youth rebellion. And the wild mood finds its apotheosis in surf culture. Puberty Blues is a picture of Australian suburban life in revolution as the wild kids get their rocks off, exploring the worlds of the parents in a context where money and loans are much cheaper, divorce is much easier, full employment and prosperity abound, conventional morality is shifting and everything is endlessly possible.'

Source: Australian Television Information Archive. (Sighted: 20/8/2013)

Notes

  • Dedication: To Virginia Ferguson our literary god-mother.
  • Also published in braille and sound recording formats.
  • Brief extract published in the Age, 6 February 1995, Student Upate, p.4.
  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Carlton, Parkville - Carlton area, Melbourne - North, Melbourne, Victoria,: McPhee Gribble , 1979 .
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      Extent: 120p.
      Reprinted: 1979 , 1980
      ISBN: 0869140108
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Americas,
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      Wideview Books , 1982 .
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      Extent: 120p.
      ISBN: 0872237680 (pbk.)
    • Fitzroy, Fitzroy - Collingwood area, Melbourne - North, Melbourne, Victoria,: Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: McPhee Gribble ; Penguin , 1984 .
      Extent: 120p.
      ISBN: 014007242X
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Picador , 2002 .
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      Extent: xiii, 116p.p.
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      • Forewords by Kylie Minogue and Germaine Greer.
      ISBN: 0330363824
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Picador , 2002 .
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      Extent: xii, 111pp.
      Note/s:
      • Forewords by Kylie Minogue and Germaine Greer.
      ISBN: 0330489453(pbk.)
Alternative title: 渚のレッスン : ハイスクール・グラフィティー
Alternative title: Nagisa no ressun : haisukūru gurafitii
Language: Japanese
    • Tokyo, Honshu,
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      Japan,
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      East Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
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      Kindai Eigasha , 1982 .
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      Extent: 144p.

Works about this Work

Books That Changed Me : Megan Jacobson Megan Jacobson , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 7 February 2016; (p. 12)
On and Off the Beach : Puberty Blues on Film Elizabeth McMahon , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Telling Stories : Australian Life and Literature 1935–2012 2013; (p. 378-384)
Show True Puberty Blues, Not Whitewash Kate Gleeson , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 18 January 2012; (p. 13)
Talking About Sex is Fine - Abortion is the Dirty Word Kate Gleeson , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 18 January 2012; (p. 13)
What I Know About Men Kathy Lette Kathy Lette , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Sunday Life , 6 May 2012; (p. 38)
Books That Changed Me : Helene Young Helene Young , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 9 September 2012; (p. 14)
Puberty Begins August Helene Sobolewski , Antimo Iannella , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 23 July 2012; (p. 21)
Lyn Linning Looks at Reprints to Enjoy Again and Introduce to a New Readership Lyn Linning , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , November vol. 27 no. 5 2012; (p. 41)

— Review of Puberty Blues Kathy Lette Gabrielle Carey 1979 single work novel ; Greylands Isobelle Carmody 1997 single work children's fiction
Truth Is More Dangerous Than Fiction? Gabrielle Carey , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17 September 2009; (p. 15)
Lette Loose Claire Sutherland , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 27 December 2008; (p. 8)
y So Many Selves Gabrielle Carey , Sydney : ABC Books , 2006 Z1318254 2006 single work autobiography
My Big Break Gabrielle Carey , 2006 extract autobiography (So Many Selves)
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 14-15 October 2006; (p. 18-20)
'Puberty Blues' Recalled, 23 Years On Gillian Lord , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 15 January 2005; (p. 9)
Puberty Blues Takes Feminist Generationalism to the Beach Elizabeth McMahon , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Feminist Studies , November vol. 20 no. 48 2005; (p. 281-289)
Australian Beach Culture : Puberty Blues Revisited Nell Schofield , 2005 single work essay
— Appears in: The Sydney Papers , Autumn vol. 17 no. 2 2005; (p. 35-44)
Discusses the resurgence of interest in the cult film Puberty Blues and the way in which beach culture has changed in Australia since it was made in 1981.
You and Me Against the World : Revisiting Puberty Blues Lesley Speed , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: Metro Magazine , no. 140 2004; (p. 54-59)
Chalk and Cheese Sue Williams , Isla Whitcroft , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian Women's Weekly , October 2002; (p. 80-84)
I'm Not as Bad as You Were, Mum Gabrielle Carey , 2002 single work essay
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12-13 October 2002; (p. 8-9)
y The Big Chill Caroline Jones , Helen Grasswill , Australian Broadcasting Corporation , 2002 Z985368 2002 single work interview
Books Mike Shuttleworth , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 13 October 2002; (p. 9)

— Review of Puberty Blues Kathy Lette Gabrielle Carey 1979 single work novel
First Impressions : The Critical Archives Eva Learner , 1979 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 7 November 1979; The Age , 27 September 2003; (p. 2)

— Review of Puberty Blues Kathy Lette Gabrielle Carey 1979 single work novel
Lyn Linning Looks at Reprints to Enjoy Again and Introduce to a New Readership Lyn Linning , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , November vol. 27 no. 5 2012; (p. 41)

— Review of Puberty Blues Kathy Lette Gabrielle Carey 1979 single work novel ; Greylands Isobelle Carmody 1997 single work children's fiction
Untitled Rhonda Bracey , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 7 no. 4 1993; (p. 7-8)

— Review of Puberty Blues Kathy Lette Gabrielle Carey 1979 single work novel
Books Mike Shuttleworth , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 13 October 2002; (p. 9)

— Review of Puberty Blues Kathy Lette Gabrielle Carey 1979 single work novel
Chalk and Cheese Sue Williams , Isla Whitcroft , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian Women's Weekly , October 2002; (p. 80-84)
'Puberty Blues' Recalled, 23 Years On Gillian Lord , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 15 January 2005; (p. 9)
Puberty Blues Takes Feminist Generationalism to the Beach Elizabeth McMahon , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Feminist Studies , November vol. 20 no. 48 2005; (p. 281-289)
Australian Beach Culture : Puberty Blues Revisited Nell Schofield , 2005 single work essay
— Appears in: The Sydney Papers , Autumn vol. 17 no. 2 2005; (p. 35-44)
Discusses the resurgence of interest in the cult film Puberty Blues and the way in which beach culture has changed in Australia since it was made in 1981.
y So Many Selves Gabrielle Carey , Sydney : ABC Books , 2006 Z1318254 2006 single work autobiography
My Big Break Gabrielle Carey , 2006 extract autobiography (So Many Selves)
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 14-15 October 2006; (p. 18-20)
Lette Loose Claire Sutherland , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 27 December 2008; (p. 8)
Truth Is More Dangerous Than Fiction? Gabrielle Carey , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17 September 2009; (p. 15)
Show True Puberty Blues, Not Whitewash Kate Gleeson , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 18 January 2012; (p. 13)
Talking About Sex is Fine - Abortion is the Dirty Word Kate Gleeson , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 18 January 2012; (p. 13)
What I Know About Men Kathy Lette Kathy Lette , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Sunday Life , 6 May 2012; (p. 38)
Books That Changed Me : Helene Young Helene Young , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 9 September 2012; (p. 14)
Puberty Begins August Helene Sobolewski , Antimo Iannella , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 23 July 2012; (p. 21)
Gabrielle Carey and the Thirtysomething Blues Fiona Harari , 1992 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 4-5 April 1992; (p. 19)
Puberty Blues i "They did it in panel vans", Margie Cook , 1983 single work poetry satire
— Appears in: Oz Shrink Lit. 1983; (p. 101) The Flight of the Emu : Contemporary Light Verse 1990; (p. 67)
How About Us Girls? Gabrielle Carey , 1996 single work biography
— Appears in: The Australian , 27 December 1996; (p. 10) Hot Sand : An Anthology 1997; (p. 113-122)
No Blues Past Puberty Owen Brown , 1991 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Advertiser Magazine , 15 June 1991; (p. 14)
Writer's Post-Puberty Blues Kathy Lette , 1982 single work column
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 26 January vol. 101 no. 5298 1982; (p. 32-33)
Australian Grunge Literature and the Conflict Between Literary Generations Kirsty Leishman , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , no. 63 1999; (p. 94-102)
Coolly Unfashionable Catherine Fletcher , 1995 single work biography
— Appears in: Redoubt , no. 21 1995; (p. 109-111)
Last amended 13 Mar 2015 15:21:10
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  • Sydney, New South Wales,
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