Thea Astley
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Kathleen is facing old age alone. Her husband gone, she finds herself, much to her distress, slowly losing her capacity for memory. She despises her children's callousness and self-absorption: her son "Brain" is too caught up in pursuing his own illusive freedom and identity; her daughter Shamrock and Shamrock's ruthless land-developing husband have neither the patience no...more
Hardcover, 188 pages
Published September 15th 1994 by Putnam Adult (first published 1994)
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Such a sad little story of an elderly woman's life, memories, eventual decay into senility but with a steely backbone of defiance and humour which stops it becoming too depressing. Loved the Australian setting and vocabulary.
Feb 22, 2014 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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It occurred to me, as I typed in the password to boot the laptop I’m using to write this, that one day when I’m old, I won’t be able to remember it. I will disappear out of this online world and this blog will freeze in cyberspace – and there will be people who will never know why. It’s a scary thought that the multiple passwords I use every day to manage my life are vulnerable to the vagaries of old age and a failing memory.

Thea Astley, when she wrote Coda in 1994, may not have had too many pas...more
Was so excited by the first line of this book - 'I'm losing my nouns' which is happening to me with advancing years! Read the rest of the book with great interest and as the back of the novel states, Astly gives us a 'brilliant satire on old age with grief and irony'
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Thea Astley was one of Australia's most respected and acclaimed novelists. Born in Brisbane in 1925, Astley studied arts at the University of Queensland. She held a position as Fellow in Australian Literature at Macquarie University until 1980, when she retired to write full time. In 1989 she was granted an honorary doctorate of letters from the University of Queensland.

She won the Miles Franklin...more
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