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  • Published: 16 June 2012
  • ISBN: 9781742536736
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

North: Some Compass Readings: Eden: Penguin Special



Leverson, a man who believes 'you get more magic from strangers', is fascinated by the misfits, hippies and straights that people sultry north Queensland. Under Leverson's ironical yet compassionate eye, tuba-playing 'Jesus freak' Lilian and odd-jobbing poet Fixer are brought together in a sudden and strange way.

From four-time Miles Franklin Award winner Thea Astley, North: Some Compass Readings: Eden is a lyrical and evocative story of the intensity of Australia's north.

  • Published: 16 June 2012
  • ISBN: 9781742536736
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

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Thea Astley

Australian writer Thea Astley (1925–2004) published seventeen novels and more than a dozen free-standing short stories.

She studied arts at The University of Queensland and held a position as Fellow in Australian Literature at Macquarie University until 1980, when she retired to write full time. In 1989 she was granted an honorary doctorate of letters from The University of Queensland. Astley lived and wrote on the New South Wales south coast until her death in 2004.

Astley won the Miles Franklin Award four times – in 1962 for The Well Dressed Explorer, in 1965 for The Slow Natives, in 1972 for The Acolyte and in 2000 for Drylands. In 1989 she won the Patrick White Award. Other awards include the 1975 Age Book of the Year Award for A Kindness Cup, the 1980 Australian Literature Studies (ALS) Award for Hunting the Wild Pineapple, the 1986 ALS Gold Medal for Beachmasters, the 1988 Steele Rudd Award for It's Raining in Mango, the 1990 NSW Premier's Prize for Reaching Tin River, and the 1996 Age Book of the Year Award and the FAW Award for The Multiple Effects of Rainshadow.

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