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Moorhouse, Frank

Works: 153 works in 559 publications in 6 languages and 5,658 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Historical fiction  History  Comedy films  Drama  Short stories  Film adaptations  Biography  Humor  Trials, litigation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Writer of accompanying material, Scenarist, Other, Speaker, Interviewee
Classifications: PR9619.3.M6, 823
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Most widely held works about Frank Moorhouse
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Most widely held works by Frank Moorhouse
Grand days : a novel by Frank Moorhouse( Book )

32 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 546 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A spy story set between the world wars. Edith Berry, a young Australian diplomat, is posted to the League of Nations in Geneva. There she meets a much older British officer who is a transvestite, a lifestyle that at once attracts and repels her
Forty-seventeen by Frank Moorhouse( Book )

34 editions published between 1988 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 453 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What could he tell her now, now that he was forty and she was no longer 17? 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 warzone he feels the pull of the genetic spiral of his ancestry. At the sharp axis of his mid-life he scans the memorabilia of his feelings in the hope of giving answers
Tales of mystery and romance by Frank Moorhouse( Book )

33 editions published between 1977 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Travel, sex, death and love - a most surprising collection of stories. 'I love airports. I love the opera of airports . . . Families with high-gloss airport emotion, a linkage of smiles, tears and touching. A moratorium on malice, air-conditioned goodwill. When the airport sanctuary is left, the automatic doors open into the sweaty heat and blown litter, and they also re-open the wounds of the family and the dust blows into the lacerations.' 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 argument with an ex-wife over 'motel sex' - and much tender and perceptive observation. You will come away from this book at least knowing something about belly dancers, the intricacies of homosexual sex, and even life after death
Classic Australian short stories( Book )

1 edition published in 1974 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This selection of thirty-eight stories offers brilliant flashes of Australia, it's past and present society, for all who enjoy this genre and are interested in its development
Room service by Frank Moorhouse( Book )

16 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this collection, Frank Moorhouse and his alter ego, Francois 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, barmen and tour guides, together with the endless buffeting of cultural differences and Traveller's Paranoia (real and imagined). Moorhouse also makes a solitary journey back to the 1950s, to recapture the rhythms and idiom of school and family life in a poignant account which surpasses even nostalgia and personal memory
Futility and other animals by Frank Moorhouse( Book )

29 editions published between 1969 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stories of modern, urban tribes. In some ways, the people in these stories are a tribe - a modern, urban tribe - which does not fully recognise itself as such. Some of the people are central members of the tribe while others are hermits who live on the fringe. The shared environment is both internal - anxieties, pleasures and confusions - and external - the houses, streets, hotels and experiences. The central dilemma is that of giving birth, of creating new life. The experiences of the inner city ambience are shown through stories of growing up, leaving home, coming to the city from the country, or returning there; first love affairs, hetero- or homosexual; and finding a peer group, a life style, an ideology, and the anti-ideology of Libertarianism
The everlasting secret family and other secrets by Frank Moorhouse( Book )

26 editions published between 1980 and 2015 in English and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Sometimes the way they misunderstood each other was more interesting than what they'd meant to say.' '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 lines of meaning. But he usually let it go and went with the new meaning contributed by Backhouse, wherever it went. Sometimes the way they misunderstood each other was more interesting than what they'd meant to say.' Within Frank Moorhouse's four stories in The Everlasting Secret Family, each complete in itself but together creating a reverberating atmosphere and the suggestion of unrevealed connections, there are all manner of intriguing secrets. The stories abound with secret brotherhood, with foreigners defying all attempts at assimilation, with strangers whose only real identification marks are the secrets they carry. And they're still as shocking and thought-provoking today as they were when they were first published nearly thirty years ago
The electrical experience : a discontinuous narrative by Frank Moorhouse( Book )

25 editions published between 1974 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'I do not care for words in top hats. I believe in shirt-sleeve words. I believe in getting the job done. We're like that on the coast.' T. George McDowell, a manufacturer of soft drinks on the south coast of New South Wales, prides himself on extolling the virtues of progress. He is a Rotarian and exponent of wireless, refrigeration and electricity. He is a Realist and a Rationalist - a 'fair man but hard as nails' according to his staff - but trouble in the shape of his youngest daughter, Terri, tests his values and beliefs, and he finds that his own sexual longings begin to intrude in his dreams. First published in 1974, The Electrical Experience is an at times humorous examination of the Australian soul, and won the National Book Council Award for Fiction
Australia under surveillance by Frank Moorhouse( Book )

8 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Coca-cola kid by Dusan Makavejev( Visual )

19 editions published between 1985 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Becker, a wiz-kid marketing man, is sent to Australia to boost the famous soft drink's wavering sales. T. George McDowell is the ruling soda czar in this mini "pop monopoly." When Becker's offer to merge in the hope of tripling profits is rejected, an unlikely chain of events ignites and leads to an amusing solution to the cola war
Cold light by Frank Moorhouse( Book )

12 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 and her now husband Ambrose Westwood are back from one of the oldest cities of the world to live in the newest city of the world - she had moved from trying to make a world capital in Geneva to a dusty town trying to become a national capital. Edith has ambitions to be Australia's first female Ambassador and is seeking a position in Canberra with the Department of External Affairs. Finding her ambitions thwarted in this area Edith vigorously involves herself in the building of the new centre of civilization. Frederick, Edith's brother, who disappeared from her life before she left Australia, reacquaints himself with her and introduces Edith to the Australian Communist Party in which he is a leader. Frederick's relationship to Edith, in the time of the Communist Party Dissolution Act is a threat to Ambrose's career with the High Commission, or does it provide him with an opportunity to spy? After pursuing the Bloomsbury life for many years, Edith now finds herself questioning her sexuality and why she has been prepared to settle for being 'a wife with a lavender husband' and yearns for a family. Richard, who audaciously laid his hand on her leg at a dinner party hosted by Prime Minister Menzies, ultimately fulfils these desires by marrying Edith and providing her with two step-sons. Uranium has been discovered in Australia and Richard is involved in its study and exploitation. Atomic energy has always been an interest of Edith and she takes a role on the Uranium Desk - which she re-names for her own purposes the Atoms for Peace desk - at Parliament House. Cold Light completes the circle begun in Grand Days, the search for symbolic sites to achieve great civic enterprises
Dark palace : the companion novel to Grand days by Frank Moorhouse( Book )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sequel to "Grand days"
The Americans, baby by Frank Moorhouse( Book )

23 editions published between 1972 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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, conflict
Conference-Ville by Frank Moorhouse( Book )

19 editions published between 1976 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Entertaining and always surprising stories from Frank Moorhouse. 'I found my way to the seat in the empty auditorium . . . I wondered who would sit with me. A bit like school days . . . Throughout the auditorium people are connecting, making their alliance, for personal security, sexual possibility, eating-drinking alliances, affirmations that we do not sit alone in the world. But there are also those who come alone, wear their name tag and seem to know no one and to meet no one. A few people come to talk with me. No one sits with me.' 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 confrontation between opposing factions, award-winning writer Frank Moorhouse wryly observes the subtle shifts in their allegiances and pretensions. Using this neat microcosmic device to fullest advantage, Moorhouse shrewdly explores the limitations of Australian intellectual life and, as in The Americans, Baby and The Electrical Experience, displays his brilliant grasp of social interplay
The state of the art : the mood of contemporary Australia in short stories by Frank Moorhouse( Book )

12 editions published between 1983 and 1988 in English and French and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dark palace by Frank Moorhouse( Book )

13 editions published between 2000 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Five years have passed since Edith Campbell Berry's triumphant arrival at the League of Nations in Geneva, determined to right the wrongs of the world. The idealism of those early Grand Days has been eroded by a sense foreboding as the world moves ever closer to another war. Edith's life too, has changed: her marriage and her work are no longer the anchors in her life - she is restless, unsure, feeling the weight of history upon her and her world. As her certainties crumble, Edith is once again joined by Ambrose Westwood, her old friend and lover. Their reunion is joyful, and her old anxiety about their unconventional relationship is replaced by a feeling that all things are possible - at least in her private life. But World War II advances inexorably, and Edith, Ambrose and their fellow officers must come to terms with the knowledge that their best efforts - and those of the well-meaning world - are simply useless against the forces of the time
A Steele Rudd selection : the best Dad and Dave stories with other Rudd classics by Steele Rudd( Book )

4 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Americans, baby: a discontinuous narrative of stories and fragments by Frank Moorhouse( Book )

13 editions published between 1972 and 1978 in English and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Most beautiful lies : a collection of stories by five major contemporary fiction writers, Bail, Carey, Lure, Moorhouse and Wilding( Book )

2 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Days of wine and rage by Frank Moorhouse( Book )

11 editions published between 1980 and 2011 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This was social history - entertaining, fascinating and informing - in the making. Days of Wine and Rage explores the tempo and shifts in mores and style of a dynamic decade - the 70s - in Australia's cultural development. Deftly interweaving literature and documentary history, Frank Moorhouse traces, from their avant-garde origins, significant threads in Australia's social fabric - the sub-cultural movements towards sexual liberation, cultural identity and a new creative and intellectual confidence. The multi-faceted examination evokes a lively impression of the ambience in which these social changes were generated and of the characters who got them going. Frank Moorhouse was hailed as 'the widest-read chronicler of the new intelligentsia and their uncertainties'. Nowhere are his skills in literary and editorial craftsmanship and his acuity as observer of social nuance more evident than in this book
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Audience level: 0.63 (from 0.35 for The Coca-c ... to 0.91 for Frank Moor ...)

Cold light
Forty-seventeenTales of mystery and romanceRoom serviceFutility and other animalsThe everlasting secret family and other secretsThe electrical experience : a discontinuous narrativeThe Coca-cola kidCold light
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