The highly entertaining adaptation of Cold Light by awarding-winning playwright Alana Valentine opening in March 2017 at The Street is amplified by Frank Moorhouse’s remarkable historical research and imaginative courage and asks timely questions about Australia’s relationship to women of vision and people of difference.
About the Author: 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 (released 1988) 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 2001 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. In 2011, Random House released the final chapter in The Edith Trilogy, Cold Light. The novel was shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferis Award, recognising authors and their works that contribute to the positive representation of women in literature and for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Frank also received the Queensland Literary Award for Cold Light.
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.
About the novel: Cold Light
The third and final part in the epic story of Edith Campbell Berry.
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. Canberra.
Edith has ambitions to be Australia’s first female Ambassador, but finds her ambitions thwarted in his area, and instead vigorously involves herself in the building of the new centre of civilisation. Frederick, Edith’s brother who disappeared from her life before she left Australia, reacquaints himself with her. He introduces her to the Australia Communist Party, but it is not a safe time to be a Communist in Australia – or perhaps, to be related to one.
It is also not a safe time to be ‘a wife with a lavender husband’. After pursuing the Bloomsbury life for many years, Edith finds herself fearful and being exposed. She also yearns for a family, and when she meets Richard again, the man who had audaciously laid his hand on her leg at a dinner party hosted by Prime Minister Menzies, it seems he could offer her not only security but a family.
Intelligent poignant and absorbing, the final instalment in the Edith trilogy confirms Frank Moorhouse as one of Australia’s greatest writers.