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Frank Moorhouse

A Discontinuous Life



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Frank Moorhouse by Matthew Lamb
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Matthew Lamb, editor of Island magazine and creator of Review of Australian Fiction has been working on this biography of Frank Moorhouse for many years. Publication will coincide with Frank Moorhouse's 80th birthday in December 2018. Matthew has completely immersed himself in the life and ephemera of Frank. Frank, like a number of other Australian artists, took advantage of a tax break created by the Keating government and sold his archives to the Fryer Library at the University of Queensland. He continues to deposit with them regularly. For Frank, unlike some of his peers, his entire life is his creative writing life, thus he took the depositing of material request in earnest. Famously there is lingerie in Frank's archive boxes and so so much more a This is not an 'authorised' biography as such but Frank has made introductions and cleared the path for Matthew Lamb wherever he could. It will be a difficult, very difficult, book for Frank to read. Many years ago, Frank made an oath to live his life in truth and thus it will be. The book will include Frank's two attempts on his life, the last in 2005. His long long relationship with an older man that began when he first moved to Sydney as a teenager. His sexual abuse by two teachers during his school years. The many many relationships with many prominent women. His work in the film industry. His activism and work in the Australian literary industry. His cross-dressing and other sexual adventures. His marriage. His parents and siblings and the unusual rules by which they lived and so much more. A beautifully told and fascinating telling of a thoroughly-lived life.

Author Biography

Matthew Lamb is the editor, publisher and owner of Review of Australian Fiction. He was editor until 2016 of Island magazine. Matthew has PhDs in each Literature and Philosophy.
Release date NZ
December 3rd, 2019
Country of Publication
Knopf Australia
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