Grand Days

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Meet Edith Campbell Berry, the woman all Australian women would like to be.

Grand Days, Frank Moorhouse

Meet Edith Campbell Berry, the woman all Australian women would like to be.

On a train from Paris to Geneva, Edith Campbell Berry meets Major Ambrose Westwood in the dining car, makes his acquaintance over a lunch of six courses, and allows him to kiss her passionately.Their early intimacy binds them together once they reach Geneva and their posts at the newly created League of Nations. There, a heady idealism prevails over Edith and her young colleagues, and nothing seems beyond their grasp, certainly not world peace.

The exuberance of the times carries over into Geneva nights: Edith is drawn into a dark and glamorous underworld where, coaxed by Ambrose, she becomes more and more sexually adventurous. Reading Grand Days is a rare experience: it is vivid and wise, full of shocks of recognition and revelation. The final effect of the book is intoxicating and unplaceably original.

Available Formats

  • Paperback
    $19.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9781742752686
    Published: 01/11/2011
    Imprint: Vintage Australia
    Extent: 736 pages
  • eBook
    ISBN: 9781742752693
    Published: 26/10/2011
    Imprint: RHA eBooks Adult
    Extent: 736 pages
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"This is the first of Moorhouse's three rich and complex books about a young Australian woman who sets off for Geneva in the 1920s to begin a diplomatic career with the newly formed League of Nations. Edith Campbell Berry is my favourite fictional character ever: sophisticated but frequently gauche, intelligent but naive, this is her getting of personal and political wisdom." - Liz Byrski, The Sunday Age

"I’d quite like to be Edith Campbell Berry from Frank Moorhouse’s Grand Days. She’s game for anything, living in the centre of the world, surrounded by passion and idealism and intrigue." - Emily Maguire, author

"An irreducibly rich, sustained and complex work of the imagination." - The Independant

"Moorhouse has for a long time been one of the most original and professional of Australian writers in the world of literature and English. Grand Days is the summit of this achievement." - Geoffrey Dutton, The Australian Book Review

"Edith Campbell Berry is one of the most winning women in contemporary fiction . . . There is colour galore - a risque interlude in Paris, a Geneva riot, friendships made and broken, moments of real pathos and terror. The book would make an extraordinarily glamorous movie, and most actresses would brawl to play sexy, smart, plucky Edith." - Publisher's Weekly

"Funny, scary and extremely sexy . . . Truly a grand book." - UK Vogue

Frank Moorhouse

Frank Moorhouse

Frank Moorhouse was born in the coastal town of Nowra, NSW. He worked as an editor of small-town newspapers and as an administrator and in the 1970s became a full-time writer. He has written fiction, non fiction, screenplays and essays and edited many collections of writing. Forty Seventeen was given a laudatory full-page review by Angela Carter in the New York Times and was named Book of the Year by the Age and 'moral winner' of the Booker Prize by the London magazine Blitz. Grand Days, the first novel in The Edith Trilogy, won the SA Premier's Award for Fiction. Dark Palace won the Miles Franklin Literary Award and was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Award, the Victorian Premier's Literary Award and the Age Book of the Year Award. Frank has undertaken numerous fellowships and his work has been translated into several languages. He was made a member of the Order of Australia for services to literature in 1985 and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Griffith University in 1997.