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  • Also published in braille and sound recording formats.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • West Melbourne, Melbourne - West, Melbourne, Victoria,: Nelson , 1977 .
      Extent: 144p.
      ISBN: 0170051722
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1987 .
      Extent: 143p.
      ISBN: 014009881X

Works about this Work

'A Landscape with Figures' : Thea Astley's Aesthetic Susan Sheridan , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies , vol. 7 no. 2 2015;
'Thea Astley wrote of her first book, ‘It wasn’t intended to be a novel in the strict sense – more a landscape with figures’. Her characteristic landscapes are those of far North Queensland, and, as befits a novelist whose work is pervaded by metaphor, those landscapes take on metaphysical dimensions and, in her later work, historical and political aspects.' (Publication abstract)
“Yrs Patrick” : Thea Astley’s Brush with Timely Advice on “The Rackety Career of Novel Writing” Karen Lamb , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 72 no. 1 2012; (p. 53-65)
'Thea Astley had a difficult relationship with critical responses to her work throughout her entire writing life. Success - early or late career (for she had both) - did little to diminish the wounds she felt were inflicted when a reviewer or critic got to work on her "style". By the mid-1980s there were even some Australian literary scholars who were beginning to endorse Astley's own sense of critical foul play. Elizabeth Perkins wrote of Astley's fiction being the kind of writing which not only "disconcerts enthusiastic readers" but seems to render it "beyond the reach of the more usual modes of criticism" (Perkins 11; 17). Yet until now little has been said about how this state of affairs developed or how Astley, over time, came to deal with it - despite the many re - marks she made in interviews which indicate just how strange her relationship with her public persona as a writer actually was. Astley, for her part, became adept at deflection: her teenage poetry was "a form of acne" (Smith 43); she was "incapable of playing the game of the writertaking- himself-seriously seriously" (Astley, Kunapipi 21); she was just a "bit of a misfit" (Astley, Australian Voices 37) and later, more defensively, "I've worked all my life and I haven't had to time to be in the ghetto de Balmain" (Astley, Sunday Herald 3). One person who had an impact on Astley's self-regard at an early stage in her writing life was Patrick White. The record of the friendship has thus far rested on the evidence of its beginning and ending, detailed in David Marr's biography Patrick White: A life (1991) yet a letter White wrote to Astley in 1961, and which Astley kept from view and from publication in Marr's subsequent collection of White's letters, is a critical new source from which we can interpret the influence of White's mentoring of Astley.' (Author's abstract)
Thea Astley : Writing in Overpoweringly a Male Dominated Literary World Megha Trivedi , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Indian Review of World Literature in English , July vol. 6 no. 2 2010;
This paper is an attempt to explore different themes in the novels of Thea Astley.(p. 1)
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)
Thea Astley : A Woman among the Satirists of Post-war Modernity Susan Sheridan , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Feminist Studies , November vol. 18 no. 42 2003; (p. 261-271)
The article examines Astley's early satirical novels, asking the question, what do these early satires on gender relations share with those of her male contemporaries, and where do they differ? Are her suburbs and small towns vehicles for satire and ironies that blame women for the excesses and failures of modernity? Arguing that post-war modernism was a strongly masculinist culture which saw art defined by its distance to everyday life, popular values and middle-class consumerism, Sheridan concludes: 'To the extent that she shared this dominant masculinist aesthetic of the 1950s and 1960s, Astley's satirical stance involved her, inevitably, in a modernist rejection of this feminine modernity as innately trivial, distracting and undermining serious aesthetic, intellectual and spiritual values' (270).
Untitled Sidney J. Baker , 1958 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 23 August 1958; (p. 13)

— Review of The Sunlit Plain H. D. Williamson , 1958 single work novel ; Girl With a Monkey Thea Astley , 1958 single work novel ; Snowball Gavin Casey , 1958 single work novel
[Review] The Slow Natives Arthur Ashworth , 1966 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 26 no. 1 1966; (p. 62-66)

— Review of The Slow Natives Thea Astley , 1965 single work novel ; Girl With a Monkey Thea Astley , 1958 single work novel ; A Descant for Gossips Thea Astley , 1960 single work novel ; The Well Dressed Explorer Thea Astley , 1962 single work novel
Love in Queensland 1958 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 20 August vol. 79 no. 4097 1958; (p. 2,58)

— Review of Girl With a Monkey Thea Astley , 1958 single work novel
Fiction Chronicle Vance Palmer , 1958 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 17 no. 4 1958; (p. 432-436)

— Review of Girl With a Monkey Thea Astley , 1958 single work novel ; The Wide Arch Dal Stivens , 1958 single work novel
Girl with a Monkey Laurence Collinson , 1959 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Winter no. 15 1959; (p. 48)

— Review of Girl With a Monkey Thea Astley , 1958 single work novel
Thea Astley : A Woman among the Satirists of Post-war Modernity Susan Sheridan , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Feminist Studies , November vol. 18 no. 42 2003; (p. 261-271)
The article examines Astley's early satirical novels, asking the question, what do these early satires on gender relations share with those of her male contemporaries, and where do they differ? Are her suburbs and small towns vehicles for satire and ironies that blame women for the excesses and failures of modernity? Arguing that post-war modernism was a strongly masculinist culture which saw art defined by its distance to everyday life, popular values and middle-class consumerism, Sheridan concludes: 'To the extent that she shared this dominant masculinist aesthetic of the 1950s and 1960s, Astley's satirical stance involved her, inevitably, in a modernist rejection of this feminine modernity as innately trivial, distracting and undermining serious aesthetic, intellectual and spiritual values' (270).
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)
Local Novelist's Theme is Woman Teacher's Love Affair in the North Roger Covell , 1958 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 9 August 1958; (p. 2)
Thea Astley : Writing in Overpoweringly a Male Dominated Literary World Megha Trivedi , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Indian Review of World Literature in English , July vol. 6 no. 2 2010;
This paper is an attempt to explore different themes in the novels of Thea Astley.(p. 1)
The Multiple Effects of Thea Astley's Fiction Jay Verney , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Hot Iron Corrugated Sky : 100 Years of Queensland Writing 2002; (p. 100-110)
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