An Item From the Late News by Thea Astley

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February–March 1983, no. 48
Laurie Clancy reviews 'An Item From the Late News' by Thea Astley

An Item From the Late News

by Thea Astley

UQP, 200 pp, $12.95 pb

An Item From the Late News by Thea Astley

Reviewed by
February–March 1983, no. 48

Returning to live in Queensland seems to have done something to Thea Astley’s perception of Australian country life. In this novel, as well as in her previous one, A Kindness Cup, she gives as appalling and scathing a vision of life in rural Australia as has come from any novelist since Barbara Baynton. Although her prose is as bitingly astringent as ever in this book, it lacks the sardonic humour of her recent collection of short stories Hunting the Wild Pineapple. The pessimism and anger are almost unrelieved.

Laurie Clancy reviews 'An Item From the Late News' by Thea Astley

An Item From the Late News

by Thea Astley

UQP, 200 pp, $12.95 pb

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