Evadne Price

(1896—1985) novelist

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(1901–85), born at sea off the NSW coast to English parents, was educated in NSW and England. She worked briefly as an actor in London but turned to journalism, writing a column, ‘As A Woman Sees It’, for the Sunday Chronicle. She later worked for the Sunday Graphic and for the Daily Sketch, where she met her second husband, Kenneth Attiwill. Her first husband was C.A. Fletcher. During the late 1920s Price established a reputation as a writer for children; her ‘Jane Turpin’ stories were serialised monthly in Novel Magazine and also apeared in book form 1928–47. The author of numerous books of popular fiction for adults, she also wrote radio and television scripts, as well as plays for the London stage, two of which were published, The Phantom Light (1949), which ran for two years, and Once a Crook (1943, co-authored with Kenneth Attiwill). A war correspondent for People in the 1940s, she claimed to have been the first woman journalist to enter Belsen, where she encountered the war criminal Irma Groetz; she subsequently interviewed Goering and covered the Nuremberg trials.


From The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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