Good Reading : March 2006
Kathy Lette, looking impos- sibly young in a micro-mini and T-shirt at her summer- let house in Sydney’s Palm Beach (complete with inclinator, killer views and Nolans on the wall), was the darling of Australia back in the seventies and eighties when she and her friend Gabrielle Carey wrote Puberty Blues, the book that lifted the lid off Australian surf culture (or rather, lack thereof) and was turned into a classic film by Bruce Beresford. Since then, Lette has not only forged an impressive literary career (her books are published in 17 languages in over 100 countries, and several have been tur ned into films) but she is also well known as the wife of Australia’s world- famous human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson. So what’s an internationally famous human rights lawyer, Doctor David ‘Studz’ Studzinski, doing as one of the arch villains in her latest book, How to Kill Your Husband (and other handy household hints)? The book begins when the ordinary social worker narrator, Cassandra, visits her high-flying friend Jasmine (Jazz) Jardine, currently in London’s Holloway Prison on suspicion of murder- ing her husband Studz after she discovered that he’d spent the past several years as a serial adulterer. Won’t readers assume that the Studz character is based on Robertson? party! cover story lette’s Iconic author KATHY LETTE scarcely needs an intro- duction to Australian readers. Catapulted to fame with friend Gabrielle Carey for their 1979 surfie chick book Puberty Blues, Lette is now in Sydney to celebrate the publication of her eighth novel, How to Kill Your Husband (and other handy household hints). She spoke to ALISON PRESSLEY recently about men and women, bullet-proof bikinis and death by tampon.