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Issue Details: First known date: 1999... 1999 Drylands : A Book for the World's Last Reader
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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 separately published work icon Drylands Peter Yeldham , ( dir. Bruce Beresford ) 2004 Z1137960 2004 single work screenplay

Notes

  • Also published in braille and sound recording formats.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Melbourne, Victoria,:Text Publishing , 2018 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Introduction, Emily Maguire , 2018 essay

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin ; Viking , 1999 .
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      Extent: 293p.
      ISBN: 067088619X
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2000 .
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      Extent: 293p.
      ISBN: 0140283803 (pbk.)
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2018 .
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      Extent: 272p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 30 April 2018

      ISBN: 9781925603576
      Series: y separately published work icon Text Classics Text Publishing (publisher), Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2012- Z1851461 2012 series - publisher novel 'Great books by great Australian storytellers.' (Text website.)
Alternative title: 旱土
Language: Chinese

Works about this Work

Introduction Emily Maguire , 2018 essay
— Appears in: Drylands : A Book for the World's Last Reader 2018;
Re-reading Thea Astley's Drylands Debra Adelaide , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 77 no. 1 2017; (p. 166-182)

'On its website, the Reading Australian Literature series is advertised as offering a 'unique insight into an ongoing writerly dialogue with our literary heritage,' and so it was appropriate when first thinking about this topic I began with the idea of a conversation. the second thing that came to mind was a comment by Tegan Bennett Daylight in an essay on Helen Garner, in which she quotes Holden Caulfield, the narrator of The Catcher in the Rye. Holden says what really knocks him out 'is a book that ... you wish the author who wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could cal him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.' And Bennett Daylight herself says, 'Each time a writer writes that are making that phone call, to all the writers whose work they have read' (Bennett Daylight 25). (Introduction) 

‘No Nails New under the Sun’ : Creativity, Climate Change, and the Challenge to Literary Narrative in Thea Astley’s Drylands Emily Potter , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT Special Issue Website Series , no. 40 2017;
'Thea Astley’s millennial novel Drylands, a self-declared ‘book for the world’s last reader’ (1999, title page), offers an opportunity to reappraise literary narrative and creative experimentation in a time of climate change. This essay takes this up by reading Astley’s text as a paradoxical account of literature’s failings to either nourish or repair a drought-ridden, economically, environmentally and empathically beleaguered town in regional Australia. Astley’s vision is ostensibly declentionist, wherein the only hope for the future seems to lie in the inevitable ruins of the present. Within these ruins lies the fate of particular, historical creative forms, most notably the literary novel, which, as an expression of Western epistemology, is now evacuated of meaning. On the one hand, Astley seems to offer no reversed fortune for her characters or the textual practice that ironically brings them to life; however, the essay offers a further, dissonant reading of the text through a perspective of distributed agency which, as climate change unfolds, is where possibilities for literary work may lie.' (Publication abstract)
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)

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)

Awards

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