Drylands: Text Classics

Thea Astley, Emily Maguire

Drylands: Text Classics
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Drylands: Text Classics

Thea Astley, Emily Maguire

Introduction by Emily Maguire

This will be a book for the world’s last reader, she decided, chewing pen-end over an open exercise book
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In the dying town of Drylands, Janet Deakin sells papers to lonely locals. At night, in her flat above the newsagency, she attempts to write a novel for a world in which no one reads - ‘full of people, she envisaged, glaring at a screen that glared glassily back.‘ Drylands is the story of the townsfolk’s harsh, violent lives. Trenchant and brilliant, Thea Astley’s final novel is a dark portrait of outback Australia in decline.

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