Drylands : A Book for the World's Last Reader Issue Details: First known date: 1999... 1999
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In her flat above Drylands' newsagency, Janet Deakin is writing a book for the world's last reader. Little has changed her in 50 years, except for the coming of cable TV. Loneliness is almost a religion, and still everyone knows your business. But the town is being outmanoeuvered by drought and begins to empty, pouring itself out like water into sand. Small minds shrink even smaller in the vastness of the land. One man is forced out by council rates and bigotry; another sells his property, risking the lot to build his dream. And all of them are shadowed by violence of some sort - these people whose only victory over the town is in leaving it. - Summary from Trove.

Adaptations

y Drylands Peter Yeldham , Z1137960 2004 single work screenplay

Notes

  • Also published in braille and sound recording formats.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin ; Viking , 1999 .
      Extent: 293p.
      ISBN: 067088619X
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2000 .
      Extent: 293p.
      ISBN: 0140283803 (pbk.)
Alternative title: 旱土
Language: Chinese

Works about this Work

A Century of Oz Lit in China : A Critical Overview (1906-2008) Yu Ouyang , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 25 no. 1 2011; (p. 65-71)
‘This paper seeks to examine the dissemination, reception and perception of Australian literature in China from 1906 to 2008 by providng a historical background for its first arrival in China as a literature undistinguished from English or American literature, then as part of a ruoxiao minzu wenxue (weak and small nation literature) in the early 1930s, its rise as interest grew in Communist and proletarian writings in the 1950s and 1960s, and its spread and growth from the end of the cultural revolution in 1976 across all genres, culminating in its present unprecedented flourishing.’ (Introduction, p. 65)
Aborigines, Sharks and Australian Accents : On Australian Writing Jo Case , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kill Your Darlings , July no. 6 2011; (p. 41-51)

'Jo Case talks to influential writers, publishers and critics about that often frustrating definition of 'Australia' literature.' (Editor's abstract)

Settler Post-Colonialism and Australian Literary Culture Anna Johnston , Alan Lawson , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Modern Australian Criticism and Theory 2010; (p. 28-40)
'This essay begins by mapping the place of settler postcolonialism in postcolonial studies, and its relevance to the Australian context. It then moves to demonstrate the applicability of settler postcolonial reading practices for Australian texts and contexts through two paradigmatic tropes: land and textuality.' Source: Modern Australian Criticism and Theory (2010)
Some Versions of Coastal : Thea Astley, Captain Simpson and the North Queensland Coast Susan Sheridan , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Something Rich and Strange : Sea Changes, Beaches and the Littoral in the Antipodes 2009; (p. 114-126)
Compares two 'versions of coastal', Astley's and Captain Thomas Beckford Simpson's, which take different perspectives on the edge, 'the one looking longingly out from land to sea, the other looking apprehensively from sea to land' (122).
Generational Change : Women and Writing in the Novels of Thea Astley Maureen Lynch Percopo , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Shared Waters : Soundings in Postcolonial Literatures 2009; (p. 167-177)
Untitled Connie Mercer , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 14 no. 1 2000; (p. 10-11)

— Review of Drylands : A Book for the World's Last Reader Thea Astley 1999 single work novel
Untitled 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 14 no. 3 2000; (p. 45)

— Review of Drylands : A Book for the World's Last Reader Thea Astley 1999 single work novel
Country Strife Sally Morrison , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian's Review of Books , August vol. 4 no. 7 1999; (p. 3,27)

— Review of The Idea of Perfection Kate Grenville 1999 single work novel ; Drylands : A Book for the World's Last Reader Thea Astley 1999 single work novel
Venom of a Country Town Bary Dowling , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 31 July 1999; (p. 21)

— Review of Drylands : A Book for the World's Last Reader Thea Astley 1999 single work novel
Life No Less Ordinary Matthew Condon , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 17 August vol. 117 no. 6187 1999; (p. 110)

— Review of Drylands : A Book for the World's Last Reader Thea Astley 1999 single work novel
The Deserted Village? Thea Astley's Drylands Anthony J. Hassall , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: 'Unemployed at Last!' : Essays on Australian Literature to 2002 for Julian Croft 2002; (p. 147-160)
Explores the discrepancies between Astley's extra-fictional positive comments about country towns in Queensland and her representation of country-town culture in some of her novels, particularly Drylands, as ugly, brutal and barely literate. Hassall argues that this contradiction could be another paradoxical version of the 'Sydney or the Bush' topos in Australian literature and culture.
Reel Time Lawrie Zion , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 25 August 2004; (p. 11)
Thea Astley : Exploring the Centre Paul Genoni , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Subverting the Empire : Explorers and Exploration in Australian Fiction 2004; (p. 97-144)
Violence, Irony and Reading Relations : Thea Astley's Drylands Susan Sheridan , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Thea Astley's Fictional Worlds 2006; (p. 164-175)
Shelf Life Jason Steger , 2000 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 28 October 2000; (p. 8)

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