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Vale Gabrielle Carey

We wish to acknowledge the passing of celebrated author Gabrielle Carey.

Carey was the author of ten non-fiction books. She described her first co-authored book, Puberty Blues, as a ‘slightly disguised autobiography’.

In the decades since the publication of Puberty Blues Gabrielle turned her writing talents to non-fiction and biography. Her last two books, Falling Out of Love with Ivan Southall (ASP, 2018) and Only Happiness Here – In Search of Elizabeth von Arnim (QUP, 2020), were literary biographies of once-celebrated Australian authors.

Her biography of poet and novelist Randolph Stow, Moving Among Strangers: Randolph Stow and my family, was short-listed for the National Biography Award and won the 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for non-fiction.

In 2018 Gabrielle travelled to Ireland to research a series of personal essays about James Joyce, one of her lifelong passions. Gabrielle’s essay, Waking Up with James Joyce, was listed as a ‘Notable Essay of 2019’ in Best American Essays 2019.