Vale Gabrielle Carey, co-author of 1979 novel Puberty Blues
6 May 2023
Australian author Gabrielle Carey, who co-wrote the controversial though iconic novel Puberty Blues, with Kathy Lette, died this week in Sydney.
Set in the southern suburbs of Sydney, Puberty Blues polarised readers with its no holds barred depictions of the antics, and sexuality, of Australian adolescents. Although published in 1979, Carey and Lette began writing the novel some years earlier as teenagers. The book spawned a film adaptation in 1981, and a two-series television run in 2012.
Carey went on to write a number of other books, both fiction and non-fiction, and also worked as a freelance journalist and university lecturer.