Alan Moorehead Alan Moorehead i(A28611 works by) (a.k.a. Alan McCrae Moorehead)
Born: Established: 22 Jul 1910 Melbourne, Victoria, ; Died: Ceased: 29 Sep 1983 London,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,

Gender: Male
Expatriate assertion Departed from Australia: 1936
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Alan Moorehead was educated at Scotch College, Melbourne, and at Melbourne University. He joined the (Melbourne) Herald in 1933 as a staff reporter and left for England in 1936, working his passage as a crewman. He began reporting from Gibraltar for the (London) Daily Express and in June 1940 was accredited war correspondent, reporting throughout the war in Africa and Europe. In 1946 Moorehead retired from journalism to write full time and lived mainly in Italy. He wrote a series of works on the campaigns of the Second World War: Mediterranean Front (1941), A Year of Battle (1943) and The End in Africa (1943), combined as the African Trilogy, subtitled 'a personal account of the three years' struggle against the Axis in the Middle East and North Africa, 1940-3' (1944). Moorehead also wrote biographies of General Montgomery and Winston Churchill; historical narratives including Gallipoli (1956), Cooper's Creek (1963), and The Fatal Impact : The Invasion of the South Pacific, 1767-1840 (1966); travel books including No Room in the Ark (1959); two novels; and an autobiography. Moorehead visited Australia several times during his life and his personal papers are held at the National Library of Australia.

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Awards for Works

Cooper's Creek 1963 single work prose 'In 1860, an expedition set out from Melbourne, Australia, into the interior of the country, with the mission to find a route to the northern coast. Headed by Robert O'Hara Burke and William John Wills, the party of adventurers, scientists, and camels set out into the outback hoping to find enough water and to keep adequate food stores for their trek into the bush. Almost one year later, Burke, Wills, and two others from their party, Gray and King, reached the northern shore but on their journey back, they were stranded at Cooper's Creek where all but King perished. Cooper's Creek is a gripping, intense historical narrative about the harshness of the Australian outback and the people who were brave enough to go into the very depths of that uncharted country.' (Publisher's blurb)
1963 winner Royal Society of Literature Prize
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