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Contents

* Contents derived from the St Lucia, Indooroopilly - St Lucia area, Brisbane - North West, Brisbane, Queensland,:University of Queensland Press , 1997 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Cubby, Thea Astley , 1961 single work short story
A man clings to the memories of his adolescent first love for years until he revisits their secret hideaway. Sifting through the decayed remnants of their shared hours, he is finally able to relegate his first love to the past.
(p. 3-10)
The Scenery Never Changes, Thea Astley , 1962 single work short story
The awkwardness and uncertainties involved in forging an intimate relationship prove too exacting for a middle-aged man and woman.
(p. 11-17)
Double Vision, Thea Astley , 1963 single work short story
Life at a convent boarding school confronts a sixteen year old girl with the excitement, challenges, and doubts of emerging maturity.
(p. 18-24)
Journey to Olympus, Thea Astley , 1965 single work short story
Two friends travel to Brisbane to attend a poetry reading at the home of a commmunist poet. Becoming intoxicated, they inadvertently allow themselves to be lured into a confronting situation.
(p. 25-35)
Coming of Age, Thea Astley , 1966 single work short story
A young girl's innocent pleasure is blighted when she is taught that she can no longer frolic freely in public.
(p. 36-40)
Beachmaster, Thea Astley , 1997 single work short story humour
An ageing, untalented musician - 'the oldest hippie' - is thrilled when he is asked to play at a high society wedding. Unaware that he has been mistaken for another musician, he thoroughly enjoys unleashing his repertoire upon the captive audience.
(p. 41-45)
One of the Islands, Thea Astley , 1997 single work short story
A young man rebels against his parents' conservatism and forms a travelling rock band. He begins to question the band's cavalier attitudes, but has not the fortitude to prevent the violation of a young groupie.
(p. 46-57)
El Rio Es Mi Solo Amigo, Thea Astley , 1997 single work short story
A precocious and lonely young boy has difficulty relating to his parents.
(p. 58-63)
The Curate Breaker, Thea Astley , 1981 single work short story
The imperiousness with which a Catholic priest treats his aged father is vividly brought to his attention when he recognises aspects of his own behaviour in an Anglican priest's appalling treatment of his wife.
(p. 67-88)
Hunting the Wild Pineapple, Thea Astley , 1981 single work short story
A brash and flashy fruit-farmer has a manner of entertaining his guests that fails to favourably impress at least one of them.
(p. 89-102)
A Northern Belle, Thea Astley , 1981 single work short story
A young girl's spirited attitude to life seems to contrast that of her conservative mother's. However, many years later, to her chagrin and regret, she finds her long-dead mother's influence asserting itself.
(p. 103-117)
Ladies Need Only Apply, Thea Astley , 1981 single work short story
On extended leave from her teaching job, a woman in her forties accepts an offer as companion for a reclusive music teacher. Their seclusion, compounded by the monsoonal wet, provokes a contest of strength of will and purpose between them.
(p. 118-148)
A Man Who is Tired of Swiper's Creek is Tired of Life, Thea Astley , 1981 single work short story
Bored with his routine life in a country town, a motel-owner accepts an offer to stay at an isolated shack. Whilst there, his encounters with a transient young couple prompt him to return home.
(p. 149-163)
How to Get Sacked, Thea Astley , 1987 single work short story
The arrival of the Laffey family among the frontier violence of Queensland's north becomes the topic of family reminiscences with a particular focus on Cornelius Laffey, a journalist, who wrote of the family's experiences and the behaviours and events they witnessed.
(p. 167-187)
Singles, Thea Astley , 1987 single work short story
Following the disappearance of her husband, Jessica Olive supports her family by running a hotel. Her two boys succeed in making their own way in the world and, as Jessica ages, she makes fewer concessions to the male-dominated world in which she is bound.
(p. 188-204)
Getting There, Thea Astley , 1987 single work short story
An adolescent girl endures the emotional turbulence of humiliation inflicted by the nuns at her boarding school, as well as the thrill of the first innocent stirrings of attraction to a stranger she encounters at the library.
(p. 205-215)
Committing Sideways, Thea Astley , 1987 single work short story
The death of an uncle facilitates a reunion between the orphaned niece and nephew he had raised. Will, scarred by his war experiences, is comforted by his sister, Connie.
(p. 216-235)
Grass, Thea Astley , 1987 single work short story
Ageing Will Laffey finds he can no longer handle the task of keeping the grass on his property under control. His nephew brokers a deal with some friends to take on the task, and this leads to a new phase in Will's life.
(p. 236-255)
It's Raining in Mango, Thea Astley , 1987 single work short story
For Aboriginal man, Billy Mumbler, life in north Queensland offers a precarious existence, particularly under the watchful eye of the law. Trying to live peacably and protect his family proves almost impossible.
(p. 256-275)
Old Man in a Dry Month, Thea Astley , 1987 single work short story
Gentle and ageing Will Laffey has never been able to form a close relationship with anyone, other than his sister Connie. When he becomes enamoured of one of a group of young people he has allowed to live on his property, the youth's callous indifference and rejection is too much for Will to bear.
(p. 276-304)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Notes:
Also published as a sound recording

Works about this Work

Untitled Jay-Dea Lopez , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , no. 57 1998; (p. 216-217)

— Review of Collected Stories Thea Astley , 1997 selected work short story
Untitled Selina Samuels , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Heat , no. 10 1998; (p. 186-191)

— Review of Collected Stories Thea Astley , 1997 selected work short story
Untitled David A. Myers , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Imago : New Writing , Autumn vol. 10 no. 1 1998; (p. 129-131)

— Review of Collected Stories Thea Astley , 1997 selected work short story
Untitled Paul Genoni , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , Autumn vol. 43 no. 1 1998; (p. 139-142)

— Review of Collected Stories Thea Astley , 1997 selected work short story
An Absolute Joy to Read... Kris-Ann Ehrich , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Social Alternatives , April vol. 17 no. 2 1998; (p. 57)

— Review of Collected Stories Thea Astley , 1997 selected work short story
Astley's Dark North Michael Sharkey , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 3-4 January 1998; (p. 22)

— Review of Eye of the White Hawk : Stories Bary Dowling , 1997 selected work short story ; Collected Stories Thea Astley , 1997 selected work short story
Pathos and Tragicomedy Ralph Elliott , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 14 February 1998; (p. 26)

— Review of Eye of the White Hawk : Stories Bary Dowling , 1997 selected work short story ; Collected Stories Thea Astley , 1997 selected work short story
Sacred and Profane Music Carmel Bird , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December-January no. 197 1997-1998; (p. 42)

— Review of Collected Stories Thea Astley , 1997 selected work short story
An Absolute Joy to Read... Kris-Ann Ehrich , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Social Alternatives , April vol. 17 no. 2 1998; (p. 57)

— Review of Collected Stories Thea Astley , 1997 selected work short story
Untitled Paul Genoni , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , Autumn vol. 43 no. 1 1998; (p. 139-142)

— Review of Collected Stories Thea Astley , 1997 selected work short story
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