NOVELS - Awards

Grand Days, the first of League of Nations ‘Edith’ novels, was published in Australia (Macmillan-Picador), the UK (Picador), the US (Pantheon), and in French translation (Belfond) to laudatory reviews.

Frank Moorhouse has won a number of literary prizes including the Australian Literature Society's Gold Medal for Forty-Seventeen (which was also named 'moral winner' of the Booker by the London magazine Glitz). Grand Days won the Adelaide Festival National Prize for Fiction.

Dark Palace won the major Australian literary prize The Miles Franklin award in 2001.

Moorhouse has won the National Award for Fiction and the Age (Melbourne) Book of the Year.


Boysie, an erotic novella, (under contract to Random House) no publication date.

Cold Light, a novel, Random House hb (Sydney) 2011 -- companion novel to Grand Days and Dark Palace.

Frank Moorhouse’s twelve earlier books were republished by Random House as ‘The Moorhouse Collection’ (2009-2010).

Martini, a Memoir, Random House (Australia) 2006, hb, revised pb, 2007.

The Inspector-General of Misconception, humour, Random House (Sydney) 2003 reprinted 2008, Vintage, as part of Moorhouse Collection.

Dark Palace, a novel, Random House hb (Sydney) 2000, pb 2001 -- companion novel to Grand Days, reprinted 2007.

Picador (UK) 2002, hb, pb.
Greek edition, 2006.
Chinese edition, due out 2011.

Loose Living, humour, Pan Macmillan (Sydney) 1995, pb.

Grand Days -- a novel.

Macmillan (Sydney), hb 1993, reprinted 1993
Picador (Sydney) paper back 1994
Macmillan hb (UK) 1993
Picador (UK) pb 1994
Pantheon (US) hb 1994
Belfond (France) hb, 1996
Random House (Sydney), pb 2000, reprinted 2000, 2001

Lateshows, humour, Pan Macmillan (Sydney), 1990, pb
Reprinted Vintage as part of  Moorhouse Collection, 2008.

Forty-Seventeen, Viking hb/Penguin (Melbourne) pb, 1988 -- a novel
Republished Picador (Sydney), 1994
Republished 2007 by Random House (Australia) ‘Moorhouse Collection’
German edition, Deuticke, 17 and 40 Deuticke Verlag, Vienna / Munich
Bellona (Warsaw) 2000
UK edition Faber and Faber (London), hb 1988, pb 1989
US edition Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, Inc., (New York), 1989, hb
Quai Voltaire, (Paris) 1992.
Ravage, (Paris) 1994  
Spanish edition, Versal, 1990
Swedish edition, Bakhall, 1990

Un Australien Granati d'Epoque, a French translation of three stories published by La Petite Maison Press (Paris), 1988

Room Service, humour, Viking/Penguin (Sydney), 1985 -- comic writing. Reprinted 1987, 1988.
Vintage (Australia) 2009, Moorhouse Collection

Selected Stories, (Australian Classics series) Angus and Robertson (Sydney) 1982 -- selected stories from the first three books.

Reprinted as Coca-Cola Kid Angus and Robertson (Sydney and UK) 1985.
French edition Presse de la Renaissance (Paris), 1985.
Serbian edition, Narodna Knjiga (Belgrade), 1987.

Days of Wine and Rage, Penguin Books (Sydney) 1980 -- non-fiction chronicle
Republished Vintage Australia 2007 ‘Moorhouse Collection’

The Everlasting Secret Family and Other Secrets, Angus and Robertson (Sydney) 1980 -- four linked novellas. Reprinted 1988, 1992
Reprinted Picador 1996
Reprinted Vintage, 2008 Moorhouse Collection.

The Illegal Relatives, a paper-covered, newsprint 96 page booklet, published sometime in early 1970s at a backyard printery in Glebe? Annandale?, Sydney.

[NB this is a pirated edition of three short stories, printer unknown, illustrated in collaboration with artist Jenny Coopes with additional drawings by Peter ----? added by the printer. This was planned to be an illegal or ‘underground’ publication by Coopes and Moorhouse as an action against censorship and as a way of getting his stories out to a new readership and perhaps to make some return through private sales. In 1973 the Whitlam government stopped censorship of the printed word and the states dropped their court actions against the underground newspaper Thor (with which Coopes and Moorhouse were associated). The printer against the wishes of Moorhouse (see the introduction to the booklet by the printer), went ahead with the publication and sold copies privately and through the Sydney bookseller Bob Gould (who later paid a royalty directly to Moorhouse for the 100 copies he had in his shop). The booklet contains ‘Watchtown’, ‘The Oracular Stories’ (which has three titled parts to it), and ‘The Alter Ego Interpretation’. Revised versions of these three stories appeared in Tales of Mystery and Romance, Angus and Robertson  (London), 1977. The sub-titles in the ‘Oracular Stories’ were removed and ‘Watchtown’ was retitled in this and the subsequent editions as ‘The Mystery of the Time Piece’. Tales of Mystery and Romance has had five subsequent editions. Ignoring The Illegal Relatives booklet, Tales of Mystery and Romance was Moorhouse’s fourth published book.]

Tales of Mystery and Romance, Angus and Robertson (London), 1977, hb and pb, reprinted Angus and Robertson (Sydney) 1980, as an A&R (Sydney) Sirius edition, 1988, and as an A&R (Sydney) Imprint edition, 1991.

New editions with minor revisions were published by Picador (Sydney), 1996, and by Random House (Sydney), 2008, as part of the ‘Moorhouse Collection’.

Conference-ville, Angus and Robertson (Sydney), 1976 -- a novella. Reprinted 1989.
Reprinted Picador, 1996

The Electrical Experience, Angus and Robertson (Sydney), 1974 -- stories written as a discontinuous narrative. Reprinted 1980, 1989. Translated into Swedish as Den elektriska erfarenheten, Bakhall, Lund, Sweden, 1978
Reprinted Picador, 1996
Reprinted Random House 2007, ‘Moorhouse Collection’
Republished Random House, 2007, ‘Moorhouse Collection’

The Americans, Baby, Angus and Robertson (Sydney), 1972 -- stories written as a discontinuous narrative
Reprinted 1973, 1975, 1978, 1988, 1992
Reprinted Picador 1996
Republished Random House, 2007, Moorhouse Collection.

Futility and Other Animals, Gareth Powell Associates (Sydney), 1969 -- stories written as a discontinuous narrative. Reprinted by Angus and Robertson (Sydney), 1973, 1976, 1981, 1988, 1991
Reprinted Picador 1996
Republished Random House, 2007, Moorhouse Collection


Frank Moorhouse began his writing life as a short story writer, expanding the form into a larger literary structure which he called the discontinuous narrative – a narrative which is formed by related stories.

Moorhouse has judged a number of national short story and novel competitions for the last eight years has been a judge of the Josephine Ulrick Award for Griffith University, Australia’s major short story prize.

Frank Moorhouse’s short stories have been represented in fifty six anthologies (to September 1, 2011).

He has edited five short story anthologies – Coast to Coast, Fictions 88, State of the Art, Best of Australian Stories 2004, Best Australian Stories 2005.
He has won all major national prizes for short story.


Best Australian Stories 2005, Black Inc. Books, Melbourne, 2005
Best Australian Stories 2004, Black Inc. Books, Melbourne, 2004
The Australian Prime Ministers’ Series, Black Inc. Melbourne, 2001-2-3, as general editor, a series of biographies of the Australian Prime Ministers, ceased after 7 volumes ­
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4Fictions 88, Australian Broadcasting Commission (Sydney), 1988 -- an anthology of Australian short stories from the Bicentennial short story competition entries
3A Steele Rudd Selection, Queensland University Press (Brisbane) 1986 -- the first definitive selection of the best of stories of the classic  Australian short story writer, Steele Rudd
2State of the Art, Penguin (Melbourne), 1983 -- an anthology of Australian short stories. Reprinted twice 1984. Reprinted 1988
1Coast to Coast, Angus and Robertson (Sydney) 1973 -- an anthology of Australian short stories, a volume in a 30-year-old series


Six films and telemovies and four short fiction films and  have been made from his work including the Official Cannes Film Festival entry, The Coca-Cola Kid, and he has won an AWGIE for outstanding script writing for the telemovie Conference-ville.

A Writer's Camp

30 minutes, autobiographical documentary about Moorhouse. It records his moving from his writing office in the harbour side Sydney suburb of Balmain which he had used for twenty years, director Judy Rymer, 1988.

The Everlasting Secret Family

90 minutes, feature film, adaptation from Moorhouse stories, director Michael Thornhill, 1987.

Time's Raging

90 minutes, telemovie, co-scripted with director Sophia Turkiewicz, adapted from Moorhouse stories, 1984.

Coca-Cola Kid

100 minutes, feature film, adaptation of Moorhouse stories, director Dusan Makavejev, 1984.

Official entry Cannes Film Festival 1985.

The Disappearance of Azaria Chamberlain

96 minutes, dramatized documentary, director Judy Rymer, 1983, Ten Network.


90 minutes, telemovie, adaptation of Moorhouse stories, director Julian Pringle, screened 1981.

The Girl Who Met Simone de Beauvoir in Paris

30 minutes, short drama film, adaptation of Moorhouse story, director Richard Wherrett, 1980.

Between Wars

90 minute feature film, original screenplay, director Michael Thornhill, 1973.

The Machine Gun

20 minutes, short drama film, adaptation of Moorhouse short story, director Michael Thornhill, 1971.

The Girl from the Family of Man

25 minutes, short drama film, adaptation of Moorhouse short story, director Michael Thornhill, 1969.

The American Poet’s Visit, 1968, 25 minutes, bw, director Michael Thornhill, based on a short story by the same name by Frank Moorhouse, script by Ken Quinnell.


His radio work has been an experiment with different narrative 'shapes'.

(mock interview)
Australian Broadcasting Commission, Books and Writing program, 1979.

The Drover's Wife
(mock academic paper)

Lawson, the Anzacs, and All That, 1981, Australian Broadcasting Commission feature,

Loss of a friend by Cablegram
(dramatic adaptation of his short story by that name)
Australian Broadcasting Commission FM, 1980.

German translation Hessischer, Rundfunk, Frankfurt, and other German stations, 1980, 1983, 1986.

The Chairperson Tapes
(comic serial of allegedly found tapes from a telephone answering machine).
Australian Broadcasting Commission, 1989.


His essay “The Writer in a Time of Terror” published in The Griffith Review, won the Walkley Award for Equity Journalism, 2008, the PEN-Keneally Prize, 2008 and the Alfred Deakin Prize for the Best Essay contributing to public debate, 2008 .

His non-fiction includes the significant chronicle, Days of Wine and Rage (Penguin, 1980) which charts the dramatic social changes in Australia during the 1960s and 1970s.

Apart from his main work as a fiction writer, Moorhouse has written four books of satirical comic writing which have been incursions into contemporary values and mores.

  His memoir The Martini Memoir (Random House 2005) is an experiment in memoir writing. The book has been described as ‘a project of connoisseurship, folklore, and personal dilemma --a celebration of the elegant, the arcane and the mysterious.

He has been a contributor to Australian newspapers, magazines and quarterly journals and his overseas publications including the German magazine, Merian, the French magazines, Lettre Internationale, Nouvel Observateur, and Liberation, the Los Angeles TimesAmerican Interest, the London IndependentGranta and the New York magazines, Tin House, and Nest.

He is a frequent contributor to the Griffith Review, Gourmet Traveller, and the Australian’s Literary Review.