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It is 1950, the League of Nations has collapsed and the newly formed United Nations has rejected all those who worked and fought for the League. Edith Campbell Berry, who joined the League in Geneva before the war, is out of a...
Martini: A Memoir
At once a celebration of the most elegant, arcane and mysterious cocktail of them all, the Martini, and this is a lyrical memoir of friendship and love won and lost, as the author muses on the aesthetics of Martini lore, olive or...
Edith and her colleagues are gathering to collaborate on a new venture: the newly created League of Nations, the world's first attempt to prevent war and promote human co-operation. Here, Moorhouse recreates an all-but-forgotten...
The Electrical Experience
T. George McDowell, a soft drinks manufacturer on the south coast of New South Wales, prides himself on extolling the virtues of progres. But trouble in the shape of his youngest daughter, Terri, tests his values and beliefs, and...
First seen in the author's previous novel, Grand Days , the idealistic Edith returns, five years older and rather wiser. While working for the League of Nations against the inexorable advance of World War II, she also...
One side of the street glittered like a brilliant eruption with the light from a row of shops; the others, lined with houses, was almost deserted, for the people, drawn like moths by the glare, crowded and jostled under the...
The Americans, Baby
The milleu is a Sydney under-40 population who, hoping that being earnest or outrageous will make them feel real, are left saturated with anxiety instead. The stories are timeless in their concerns, and explore ideolgy, idealism,...
Futility and Other Animals
The people in these stories are a tribe - a modern, urban tribe - which does not fully recognise itself as such. The experiences of the inner city ambience are shown through stories of growing up, leaving home, coming to the city...
The Everlasting Secret Family
'Sometimes they completed each other's sentences or said the
second sentence of the other's conversation. Sometimes Backhouse
completed Irving's sentences in a much better way, although
sometimes along altogether different...
As the conference participants settle in with their name tags and satchels, as they sort out amongst themselves their seating arrangements and gently jostle for positions at the bar bistro, as they brace themselves for the first...
Frank Moorhouse and his alter ego, Francoise Blase, are at their mordant best. Their wit, satire and keen eye for detail are finely honed as they travel at home and abroad, savouring the persecution inflicted by bell captains,...
Our Hero explores contemporary protocols - of family, food and art - looks at the tragic evanescence of technology and investigates meal reform and the science of life. The Club - I also thought I moved with what was called the...
He is a failed writer turned diplomat, an anarchist learning the
value of discipline. He moves in a world which takes him from the
Australian wilderness to the conference rooms of Vienna and Geneva;
from the whore-house to...
How our Hero came to be a cultural ambassador in France fell into strange company; how he encountered the Duc and his entourage; how Europe responded to his Australian ways; how refinement eluded him; how the queen of commas...
Days of Wine and Rage
Explores the tempo and shifts in mores and style of a dynamic decade - the 70s - in Australias cultural development. Deftly interweaving literature and documentary history, the author traces, the sub- cultural movements towaqrds...
The Best Australian Stories
In this fifth edition of the series, Frank Moorhouse has collected Australia's finest short fiction from the last twelve months. This anthology of new work demonstrates the enduring quality of contemporary Australian fiction.
Inspector-General of Misconception, The
This irreverent and hilarious book is set in an imaginary statutory body called the Office of the Inspector-General of Misconception. The book satirises our current appetite for Official Inquiries, Royal Commissions and Senate...
Tales of Mystery and Romance
In an odyssey which moves across a world stage. Tales of Mystery and Romance touches high comedy and low farce - the non-event of the Jack Kerouac Wake, the dispute over the exact form of secular penetration achieved by Milton, an...