Author(s): Gabrielle Carey; Kathy Lette
Written twenty years ago, Puberty Blues is the bestselling account of growing up in the 1970s that took Australia by storm and spawned an eponymous cult movie. Puberty Blues is about 'top chicks' and 'surfie spunks' and the kids who don't quite make the cut: it recreates with fascinating honesty a world where only the gang and the surf count. It's a hilarious and horrifying account of the way many teenagers live and some of them die.
'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 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 appears regularly as a guest on the BBC and CNN News. She is an ambassador for Women and Children First, Plan International and the White Ribbon Alliance. In 2004 she was the London Savoy Hotel's Writer in Residence, where a cocktail named after her can still be ordered. Kathy is an autodidact (a word she taught herself) but in 2010 received an honorary doctorate from Southampton Solent University. Kathy lives in London with her husband and two children. 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. Her most recent publication was a contribution to Collaborative Dubliners: Joyce in Dialogue. Gabrielle is currently researching the life and work of Australian novelist and poet Randolph Stow.