Posted by: Lisa Hill | March 2, 2011

Vale Hazel Rowley (1951-2011)

In what seems like a cruel twist of fate, it is being reported that the Australian biographer Hazel Rowley (1951-2011) has died on the eve of the tour to promote her new book Franklin & Eleanor – An Extraordinary Marriage. 

On my TBR I have Rowley’s award winning  Christina Stead: A Biography, which won a New York Times Best Book and  Australia’s National Book Award; I plan to read it some time this year.

For a brief biography of this writer’s achievements, see Wikipedia.

I am indebted to Bookseller and Publisher for this sad news.


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  1. Oh, this is sad … too too young.

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  2. I saw the news in the Age a couple of hours ago. Startled, horribly startled.

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  3. Not fair.
    Sometimes fate seems so cruel.

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  4. It does indeed seem far too young. I had planned to go to one of the promo sessions for her new book.
    Her family must be devastated.

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  5. Lisa, feel free to delete this if it looks too much like self-advertising, but I’ve been putting together a collection of obituary links, and if anyone out there has any good ones I’d be happy to add them: http://pykk.blogspot.com/2011/03/must-be-counted.html

    I’m leaving out very short articles that don’t do anything except re-report the news from the larger papers, but anything more substantial is welcome.

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    • Hi Deane, I think your links post is a very good idea. In the short time I’ve been blogging we’ve lost some of our finest writers, and I like the idea of ‘harvesting’ the obituaries into an online repository so that they are not lost.
      Lisa

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  6. That’s where fans come into their own. Scratching around for links is a job for a devotee. I wished, a bit, while I was putting that link post together, that Stead had magically hung on and died now, while the internet was around, because a concentrated collection of links for that would have been great. The essays! The memorials! The people trying to be nice after she’d spent years cracking onto their husbands! It would have been so nice.

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    • I often think this, Deane, the web is such a great resource for readers!

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  7. […] Marriage when I saw it at the library because it had received considerable publicity at the time of Rowley’s premature death last year and had received generous reviews. It turned out to be well worth reading, partly because […]

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  8. […] Marriage when I saw it at the library because it had received considerable publicity at the time of Rowley’s premature death last year and had received generous reviews. It turned out to be well worth reading, partly because […]

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