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Author Frank Moorhouse dies aged 83

Author Frank Moorhouse dies aged 83

Australian author and essayist, Frank Moorhouse, who is best known for the 'Edith' trilogy, has died aged 83. 

Born in Nowra in 1938, Frank Moorhouse went on to work in newspapers and arts administration until pursuing a full-time writing career in the 1970s.

He is an award-winning writer who is best known for his popular Edith Trilogy which consisted of Grand Days, Dark Palace, and Cold Light. The trilogy follows an Australian woman in the League of Nations in the 1920s and 1930s through to the International Atomic Energy Agency in the 1970s as she struggled to become a diplomat.

He contributed greatly to Australian literature for nearly 50 years – writing 18 books, and other additional screenplays and essays. And his last book, The Drover’s Wife was published in 2017 by Penguin Random House.

In 1985 he was made a member of the Order of Australia for services to literature and was awarded multiple fellowships which included writer in residence at King’s College Cambridge, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington.

Meredith Curnow, his publisher at Penguin Random House said ‘one of the many reasons I will forever adore Frank Moorhouse is his generosity toward new writers and people working in publishing. He loved to sit and learn from younger people and to share his immense wisdom and incredible stories. We will all miss him very much.’