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Debra Adelaide Debra Adelaide i(A22496 works by) (a.k.a. Debra Kim Adelaide)
Born: Established: 1958 Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Female
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BiographyHistory

Debra Adelaide has taught creative writing at the University of Technology, Sydney.

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y separately published work icon The Women's Pages Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2015 9003036 2015 single work novel

''Emily Bronte had written this novel especially for her. For her benefit she had sat alone in her narrow bed in the parsonage, her lap desk on her knees, death all around her with that graveyard right next door, the cold wind from the moors behind rattling the windows...But who had Dove written her story for?'

'Dove is writing a novel for herself, for her mother and for their literary heroines. It describes the life of Ellis, an ordinary young woman of the 1960s troubled by secrets and gaps in her past.

'Having read Wuthering Heights to her dying mother, Dove finds she cannot shake off the influence of that singular novel: it has infected her like a disease. In grief's aftermath, she follows the story Wuthering Heights has inspired to discover more about Ellis, who has emerged from the pages of fiction herself - or has she? - to become a modern successful career woman.

'The Women's Pages is about the choices and compromises women make, about their griefs and losses, and about the cold aching spaces that are left when they disappear from the story. It explores the mysterious process of creativity, and the way stories are shaped and fiction is formed. Right up to its astonishing conclusion, The Women's Pages asserts the power of the reader's imagination, which can make the deepest desires and strangest dreams come true.' (Publication summary)

2016 longlisted Kibble Literary Awards Nita Kibble Literary Award
2016 longlisted The Stella Prize
y separately published work icon Letter to George Clooney Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2013 6410068 2013 selected work short story

'Debra Adelaide's new collection of short stories intricately maps both the sublime and the mundane landscape of ordinary lives, with her trademark dark wit and luminous intelligence. In 'Glory in the Flower', distinguished but disillusioned British poet, Bill, crosses the world on the promise of a prestigious literary festival only to find himself roughing it with an unlikely group of amateur poets, with surprising results. One man's attempt to negotiate the Australian taxation system reads like a noir thriller in 'The Pirate Map', and the minefield of internet dating explored in 'Chance' artfully balances the absurd and the dark side of the human psyche. 'Harder than Your Husband' follows a serious-minded administrator as he attempts to navigate the induction of a new, and rather perplexing, employee. And the final eclipsing story, Letter to George Clooney, opens a door into a world of terror and deprivation: searing in its devastating restraint, it demonstrates why Adelaide is one of the finest Australian writers of her generation.' (Publisher's blurb)

2014 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Australian Short Story Collection - Steele Rudd Award
2014 shortlisted Kibble Literary Awards Nita Kibble Literary Award
2014 longlisted The Stella Prize
y separately published work icon The Household Guide To Dying Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2008 Z1490014 2008 single work novel

'When Delia Bennet - author and domestic advice columnist - is diagnosed with cancer, she knows it's time to get her house in order. After all, she's got to secure the future for her husband, their two daughters and their five beloved chickens. But as she writes lists and makes plans, questions both large and small creep in. Should she divulge her best culinary secrets? Read her favourite novels one last time? Plan her daughters' far-off weddings?

'Complicating her dilemma is the matter of the past, and a remote country town where she fled as a pregnant teenager, only to leave broken-hearted eight years later.

'Researching and writing her final Household Guide, Delia is forced to confront the pieces of herself she left behind. She learns what matters is not the past but the present - that the art of dying is all about truly living.' (Publisher's blurb)

2010 shortlisted Randwick Award for Literature
2009 longlisted International Awards Women's Prize for Fiction (UK)
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