This is the first biography of one of Australia's most beloved novelists, Thea Astley (1925-2004). Over a 50-year writing career, Astley published more than a dozen novels and short story collections, including "The Acolyte," "Drylands," and "The Slow Natives," and was the first person to win multiple Miles Franklin Awards. With many of her works published internationally, Astley was a trailblazer for women writers. In her personal life, she was renowned for her dry wit, eccentricity, and compassion. Karen Lamb has drawn on an unparalleled range of interviews and correspondence to create a detailed picture of Thea the woman, as well as Astley the writer. She has sought to understand Astley's private world and how that shaped the distinctive body of work that is Thea Astley's literary legacy.