Lamb, K. (2016). Thea Astley - Australian icon, reluctant feminist. The Sydney Papers,(36), 1-19. Australia: The Sydney Institute.
Dr Karen Lamb is a Senior Lecturer at the Australian Catholic University and the author of Thea Astley: Inventing Her Own Weather for which she was a co-winner of the 2016 Prime Minister’s Award for Non-fiction. Thea Astley (1925-2004) stands tall among the icons of Australian literature. Over a 50-year writing career, Astley published more than a dozen novels and short story collections, including The Acolyte, and The Slow Natives, and was the first person to win multiple Miles Franklin Awards. With many of her works published internationally, Astley was a trailblazer for women writers. In her personal life, she was renowned for her dry wit, eccentricity, and compassion. To speak on her subject of this prize winning biography, Karen Lamb addressed The Sydney Institute on Wednesday 16 November 2016.
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