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Puberty Blues : Now A Major Television Series - Gabrielle Carey

Puberty Blues

Now A Major Television Series


Published: 15th August 2012
For Ages: 13+ years old
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An Australian teenage classic back in print.

This new edition of Puberty Blues is published jointly by Text Publishing and Random House Australia, in time for the new Channel 10 TV series screening from August 15 2012.

‘By day, we were at school learning logarithms, but by night—in the back of cars, under the bowling alley, on Cronulla Beach, or, if you were lucky, in a bed while someone’s parents were out—you paid off your friendship ring.’

For Deb and Sue, life is about surfies, panel vans, straight-leg Levis, nicking off from school, getting wasted and fitting in.

But why should guys have all the fun?

Puberty Blues is raw, humorous and honest: a compelling account of teenagers navigating the chaos of life. It is one of the great coming-of-age stories in Australia, and it remains as relevant now as when it was first written over three decades ago.

Gabrielle Carey revisited the places of her youth while working as a script consultant for the new TV series:

‘Since the discovery of my childhood cave I regularly drive down to the Shire and spend time in the Sir Joseph Banks Reserve. If no one is around, I scramble off the path and up into my old play space. I’m too big for it now but that cramped, earthy outcrop still holds a sense of primal childish peace; of a time before Bankies, before riots and before the loss of innocence that became Puberty Blues .’

About the Author

Gabrielle Carey is the author of novels, biography, autobiography, essays, articles and short stories, including Confessions of a Teenage Celebrity, about the tumultuous time surrounding the writing and publishing of Puberty Blues.

Gabrielle teaches writing at the University of Technology, Sydney, where her long-standing preoccupation with James Joyce is happily tolerated. She is currently researching the life and work of Australian novelist and poet Randolph Stow.

Kathy Lette moved on from Puberty Blues to work as a newspaper columnist and television sitcom writer in Los Angeles and New York. She has subsequently written eleven international bestsellers, including Girls’ Night Out, Mad Cows (the movie starred Joanna Lumley and Anna Friel), How to Kill Your Husband (recently staged by the Victorian Opera) , The Boy Who Fell To Earth (soon to be a feature film, starring Emily Mortimer) and To Love, Honour and Betray (her update on Puberty Blues). Her novels are published in fourteen languages. Kathy lives in London with her husband and two children.

‘A profoundly moral story.’ Germaine Greer

‘I don’t recall reading Puberty Blues so much as devouring it. I was about thirteen, alone in my bedroom with the door firmly shut. I was fascinated.’ Kylie Minogue



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    Comments about Puberty Blues:

    This was an eye opener regarding growing up in the 70's in my neighbourhood. I was at primary school when this was being written/lived, and recognise places and characters from when in high school in the eighties. Wow!


    Much Different from the Movie and Show!


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      This book is similar to, but overall different from the television series and movie. The colloquialisms used are a bit outdated and therefore a little hard to decipher, but that is part of the fun. This book is a great look into a decade long gone.

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      'A profoundly moral story.' - Germaine Greer 'I don't recall reading Puberty Blues so much as devouring it. I was about thirteen, alone in my bedroom with the door firmly shut. I was fascinated.' - Kylie Minogue

      Kathy Lette

      Kathy Lette divides her time between being a full time writer, demented mother (now there's a tautology) and trying to find a shopping trolley that doesn't have a clubbed wheel.

      Kathy first achieved succés de scandale as a teenager with the novel Puberty Blues, which was made into a major film, directed by Bruce Beresford and an 8 hour mini series.

      After several years as a singer with the Salami Sisters and a newspaper columnist in Sydney and New York (collected in the book Hit and Ms) and as a television sitcom writer for Columbia Pictures in Los Angeles, her novels, Puberty Blues, Girls Night Out, The Llama Parlour, Foetal Attraction, Mad Cows, Altar Ego, Nip'N'Tuck, Dead Sexy and How To Kill Your Husband (and Other Handy Household Hints) (recently staged by The Victorian Opera, Australia) became international best-sellers.

      Her novels have been published in 14 languages around the world. Kathy appears regularily as a guest on the BBC and Sky news. Kathy Lette's plays include "Grommits", "Wet Dreams", "Perfect Mismatch" and "I'm So Happy For You I Really Am." Her latest non-fiction book is"Men - A User's Guide."

      She lives in London with her husband and two children. Career highlights include a stint as writer in Residence at London's Savoy Hotel, receiving an honorary doctorate from Solent Southampton University in 2010 and teaching Stephen Fry a word. (Misogamist. Look it up.)

      Kathy is also an ambassador for Women and Children First, Plan International and The White Ribbon Alliance.

      "The best thing about being a writer," she says, " is that you get to work in your jammies all day, drink heavily on the job and have affairs and call it research. (Although her husband says he should have the affair as it would give her a better book.)

      Visit Kathy Lette's Booktopia Author Page

      ISBN: 9781742759289
      ISBN-10: 1742759289
      Audience: General
      For Ages: 13+ years old
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 144
      Published: 15th August 2012
      Publisher: Random House Australia
      Country of Publication: AU
      Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.9  x 1.1
      Weight (kg): 0.14
      Edition Number: 1