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Kathy Lette Kathy Lette i(A6349 works by) (a.k.a. Kathryn Marie Lette)
Born: Established: 1958 Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Female
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Kathy Lette has worked as an interviewer and writer for television and radio. Her first book, Puberty Blues, co-written with Gabrielle Carey (q.v.), was published when she was 21. Its depiction of teen culture in Australia's surfing world atttracted considerable attention at the time and it was filmed by Bruce Beresford in 1981.

Lette spent some years as a singer in the cabaret duet, the Salami Sisters. She also worked as a newspaper columnist in Sydney and New York and as a television sitcom writer. Lette has written several plays, including 'Wet Dreams' (1985) and a radio drama 'I'm So Happy for You' (1991).

Lette settled in London and, in 2009, was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Arts from Southampton Solent University.

Most Referenced Works


  • Kathy Lette's name is transliterated into Russian as Летт, Кети.

Personal Awards

2008 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships BOOKS ALIVE 2009 - Ambassador Author Fees

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon How to Kill Your Husband (and Other Handy Household Hints) London : Simon and Schuster , 2006 Z1255814 2006 single work novel humour All women want to kill their husbands some of the time. 'Where there's a will, I intend to be in it,' wives half-joke to each other. Marriage, it would appear, is a fun-packed frivolous hobby, only occasionally resulting in death. But when Jazz Jardine is arrested for her husband's murder, the joke falls flat. Life should begin at forty - not with life imprisonment for killing your spouse. Jazz, stay-at-home mum and domestic goddess; Hannah, childless career woman; and Cassie, demented working mother of two are three ordinary women. Their record collections are classical, not criminal. Cassie and Hannah set out immediately to prove their best friend's innocence, uncovering betrayal, adultery, plot twists, thinner thighs and toy boys aplenty en route but will their friendship survive these ever darker revelations? (Source: Trove)
2006 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian General Fiction Book of the Year
y separately published work icon Puberty Blues Carlton : McPhee Gribble , 1979 Z355484 1979 single work novel (taught in 1 units) ''By day, we were at school learning logarithms, but by night - in the back of cars, under the bowling alley, on Cronulla Beach, or, if you were lucky, in a bed while someone's parents were out - you paid off your friendship ring.' For Deb and Sue, life is about surfies, panel vans, straight-leg Levis, nicking off from school, getting wasted and fitting in. But why should guys have all the fun? Puberty Blues is raw, humorous and honest. An Australian classic. 'A profoundly moral story' -- Germaine Greer 'I don't recall reading Puberty Blues so much as devouring it. I was about thirteen, alone in my bedroom with the door firmly shut. I was fascinated' -- Kylie Minogue'
2010 shortlisted Australian Book Review Fan Poll
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