Beverley Anne Farmer (also known as B. Christou) (born 7 February 1941) is an Australian novelist and short story writer.
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.
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)
- Alone (1980)
- The Seal Woman (1992)
- The House in the Light (1995)
- A Body of Water: A Year's Notebook (1990)
- Farmer, Beverley. "Preoccupations". ALS 14 (1990): 390-92 at 390.
- Hergenhan, Laurie. ed. The Australian Short Story. St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 2002 at p. 413.
- "Farmer wins 2009 Patrick White Literary Award". Boomerang Books. Retrieved 2009-11-11.