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Name  Beverley Farmer
Education  University of Melbourne
Role  Novelist
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Books  Home time, Collected Stories, The Bone House: Essays, The seal woman, A body of water

Beverley Anne Farmer (also known as B. Christou) (born 7 February 1941) is an Australian novelist and short story writer.


Beverley Farmer was born in Melbourne. She was educated at Mac.Robertson Girls' High School and the University of Melbourne where she graduated with a BA in 1960.

She has worked in various jobs, mainly teaching and waitressing. She married a Greek migrant, Christos Talihmanidis, in 1965. They were married for thirteen years, three of which were spent in Greece. They returned to Australia for their son to be born in 1972.

Best known for her novels and short stories, Farmer has also written essays, poetry, reviews and criticism. Her writing has been published in several magazines, journals and newspapers, including Overland, Westerly, Meanjin, Island Magazine, and The Bulletin.

Loss features as a central theme in Farmer's stories. She has described it as the 'touchstone' of her work. The 'experience of being foreign' is also a favourite subject.

Awards and nominations

  • 1984 - New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, Christina Stead Prize for Fiction for Milk
  • 1996 - The House in the Light was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award
  • 2009 - Patrick White Award
  • Short story anthologies

  • Snake (1982)
  • Milk (1983)
  • Home Time (1985)
  • Collected Stories (1987)
  • Novels

  • Alone (1980)
  • The Seal Woman (1992)
  • The House in the Light (1995)
  • Other

  • A Body of Water: A Year's Notebook (1990)
  • References

    Beverley Farmer Wikipedia

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