The Multiple Effects of Rainshadow (Paperback)

By Thea Astley, Chloe Hooper (Introduction by)

Text Classics, 9781925603569, 304pp.

Publication Date: March 12, 2019

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In 1930 the superintendent of a mission on a Queensland island, driven mad by his wife's death, goes on a murderous rampage. Fearing for their lives, the other whites arm a young Indigenous man and order him to shoot Uncle Boss dead. The Multiple Effects of Rainshadow traces the lead-up to this bloody showdown and the repercussions in the years after--for Aboriginal people and the colonial overseers.

About the Author

Thea Astley was born in Brisbane in 1925. She was a teacher by profession. In 1958 Astley's first novel, Girl with a Monkey, was published. Over the next four decades she published frequently. Astley won the Miles Franklin Literary Award for The Well Dressed Explorer (1962), her third novel. From the late 1960s until 1980, when she began to write full-time, Astley worked at Macquarie University. Astley won the 1989 Patrick White Award and became an Officer in the Order of Australia in 1992. Her last novel was Drylands (1999), her fourth Miles Franklin winner. A lifelong chain-smoker famed for her sharp wit, Thea Astley died in 2004. She remains one of the most distinctive and influential Australian novelists of the twentieth century.