Jessica Anderson (1916-2010)

tirral.jpg  It was very remiss of me, a month or so back, not to make mention of the passing of Jessica Anderson, author of the Miles Franklin Award winning novels Tirra Lirra by the River (1978) and The Impersonators (1980).

Anderson was best known for these two works but she was also the author of another 5 novels and a collection of short stories. This might be considered a rather low level of output of a career that started in 1963 and concluded in 1994 with the publication of One of the Wattle Birds in 1994, but the work was of consistently high quality, and we should be grateful for that.

Jessica Anderson was born in Gayndah, Queensland, in 1916 and lived most of her life in Sydney, other than a few years in London. She started her career as a novelist rather later in life than most, although she had previously written short stories for newspapers and novel dramatisations for radio.
You can read tributes and obituaries from:
The Australian Society of Authors
"Australian Book Review"
"The Australian" newspaper
"The Sydney Morning Herald" newspaper
"Overland" magazine

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