Thea Astley

Australian novelist and short story writer (1925 – 2004) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Thea Beatrice May Astley AO (25 August 1925 – 17 August 2004) was an Australian novelist and short story writer. She was a prolific writer who was published for over 40 years from 1958. At the time of her death, she had won more Miles Franklin Awards, Australia's major literary award, than any other writer. As well as being a writer, she taught at all levels of education – primary, secondary and tertiary.

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Thea Astley

Born(1925-08-25)25 August 1925
Brisbane, Queensland
Died17 August 2004(2004-08-17) (aged 78)
Tugun, Queensland
Other namesPhillip Cressy, Thea Gregson
OccupationNovelist and short story writer
SpouseJack Gregson
ChildrenEd Gregson

Astley has a significant place in Australian letters as she was "the only woman novelist of her generation to have won early success and published consistently throughout the 1960s and 1970s, when the literary world was heavily male-dominated".[1]