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'A world-famous Australian writer, an inspiration to Robert Hughes and Clive James, a legendary war correspondent who also wrote bestselling histories of exploration and conservation . . . and yet forgotten? In this dazzling book, Thornton McCamish delves into the past to reclaim a remarkable figure, Alan Moorehead.

'As a reporter, Moorehead witnessed many of the great historical events of the mid-20th century: the Spanish Civil War and both world wars, Cold War espionage, and decolonisation in Africa. He debated strategy with Churchill and Gandhi, fished with Hemingway, and drank with Graham Greene, Ava Gardner and Truman Capote. As well as being a regular contributor to the New Yorker, in 1956 Moorehead wrote the first significant book about the Gallipoli campaign.

'With its countless adventures, its touch of jet-set glamour and its tragic arc, Moorehead’s story is a beguiling one. Thornton McCamish tells it as a quest – intimate, perceptive and superbly entertaining. His funny, ardent book reveals an extraordinary Australian and takes its place in a fresh tradition of contemporary biography.' (Publication summary)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Carlton, Parkville - Carlton area, Melbourne - North, Melbourne, Victoria,: Black Inc. , 2016 .
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      Extent: 336p.
      Note/s:
      • Published April 2016
      ISBN: 9781863958271

Works about this Work

On a Writer's Trail Les Carlyon , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 12-13 March 2016; (p. 20)

— Review of Our Man Elsewhere : In Search of Alan Moorehead Thornton McCamish 2016 single work biography
The Forgotten Giant Susan Johnson , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 9 April 2016; (p. 12)

— Review of Our Man Elsewhere : In Search of Alan Moorehead Thornton McCamish 2016 single work biography
[Untitled] Nick Hopton , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 9 April 2016; (p. 36)

— Review of Our Man Elsewhere : In Search of Alan Moorehead Thornton McCamish 2016 single work biography
Writing with the Gift of Sound and Vision Ann Moyal , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 30 April - 1 May 2016; (p. 26) The Sydney Morning Herald , 30 April - 1 May 2016; (p. 26)

— Review of Our Man Elsewhere : In Search of Alan Moorehead Thornton McCamish 2016 single work biography
Our Man Elsewhere Review: The Forgotten Brilliance of Alan Moorehead Ann Moyal , 2016 single work
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 29 April 2016;

— Review of Our Man Elsewhere : In Search of Alan Moorehead Thornton McCamish 2016 single work biography
'Expatriate Alan Moorehead was Australia's most famous writer of the 1950s and '60s. An international celebrity, his books spilling into millions, the subject of several biographies (my own among them) he has, unlike that exuberant trio Clive James, Germaine Greer and Barry Humphries, who fixed their names in Britain some three decades later, dropped from view among younger readers in his own country. ...'
Thornton McCamish, Our Man Elsewhere JF , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 9 April 2016;

— Review of Our Man Elsewhere : In Search of Alan Moorehead Thornton McCamish 2016 single work biography
The Elusive Moorehead : Channelling the Spirit of the Biographical Quarry Robin Gerster , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 384 2016; (p. 11-12)

— Review of Our Man Elsewhere : In Search of Alan Moorehead Thornton McCamish 2016 single work biography

'You have to admire the professional writer who describes the chore of churning out the daily ration of words as 'like straining shit through a sock', though this may not have been the quotation for which Alan Moorehead would have chosen to be remembered. At the time he was Australia's most internationally celebrated writer, known for both his apparently effortless prose and the range of his subject matter, from the battlefields of World War II to the great age of European exploration in Africa. He was a cosmopolitan travel addict, the trailblazer of what was to become a golden generation of Australian expatriates (the sock simile was told to a young Robert Hughes at Moorehead's villa at the Tuscan seaside town Porto Ercole). The man of the 'great elsewhere' in Thornton McCamish's bold new biography, Moorehead had rejected the stultifying mediocrity of 'nowhere' (Melbourne) for 'somewhere' (Europe), along the way affecting an English accent that hid his origins. But it seems that he couldn't escape Australia and its idioms after all.' (Introduction)

On a Writer's Trail Les Carlyon , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 12-13 March 2016; (p. 20)

— Review of Our Man Elsewhere : In Search of Alan Moorehead Thornton McCamish 2016 single work biography
The Forgotten Giant Susan Johnson , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 9 April 2016; (p. 12)

— Review of Our Man Elsewhere : In Search of Alan Moorehead Thornton McCamish 2016 single work biography
[Untitled] Nick Hopton , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 9 April 2016; (p. 36)

— Review of Our Man Elsewhere : In Search of Alan Moorehead Thornton McCamish 2016 single work biography
Writing with the Gift of Sound and Vision Ann Moyal , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 30 April - 1 May 2016; (p. 26) The Sydney Morning Herald , 30 April - 1 May 2016; (p. 26)

— Review of Our Man Elsewhere : In Search of Alan Moorehead Thornton McCamish 2016 single work biography
Our Man Elsewhere Review: The Forgotten Brilliance of Alan Moorehead Ann Moyal , 2016 single work
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 29 April 2016;

— Review of Our Man Elsewhere : In Search of Alan Moorehead Thornton McCamish 2016 single work biography
'Expatriate Alan Moorehead was Australia's most famous writer of the 1950s and '60s. An international celebrity, his books spilling into millions, the subject of several biographies (my own among them) he has, unlike that exuberant trio Clive James, Germaine Greer and Barry Humphries, who fixed their names in Britain some three decades later, dropped from view among younger readers in his own country. ...'
Thornton McCamish, Our Man Elsewhere JF , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 9 April 2016;

— Review of Our Man Elsewhere : In Search of Alan Moorehead Thornton McCamish 2016 single work biography
The Elusive Moorehead : Channelling the Spirit of the Biographical Quarry Robin Gerster , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 384 2016; (p. 11-12)

— Review of Our Man Elsewhere : In Search of Alan Moorehead Thornton McCamish 2016 single work biography

'You have to admire the professional writer who describes the chore of churning out the daily ration of words as 'like straining shit through a sock', though this may not have been the quotation for which Alan Moorehead would have chosen to be remembered. At the time he was Australia's most internationally celebrated writer, known for both his apparently effortless prose and the range of his subject matter, from the battlefields of World War II to the great age of European exploration in Africa. He was a cosmopolitan travel addict, the trailblazer of what was to become a golden generation of Australian expatriates (the sock simile was told to a young Robert Hughes at Moorehead's villa at the Tuscan seaside town Porto Ercole). The man of the 'great elsewhere' in Thornton McCamish's bold new biography, Moorehead had rejected the stultifying mediocrity of 'nowhere' (Melbourne) for 'somewhere' (Europe), along the way affecting an English accent that hid his origins. But it seems that he couldn't escape Australia and its idioms after all.' (Introduction)

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