Our Man Elsewhere: In Search of Alan Moorehead by Thornton McCamish

Our Man Elsewhere: In Search of Alan Moorehead

byThornton McCamish

Kobo ebook | March 28, 2016

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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.

Longlisted, 2016 Walkley Book Award

‘[McCamish] succeeds beautifully: Our Man Elsewhere is crammed with anecdote and shrewd observation, with the kind of detail and ruminative digression that conventional biographers might consider trivial or irrelevant … [it] is such a good book that I’m hard put to find anything wrong with it.’ —Inside Story

‘McCamish’s triumph is to apply Moorehead’s own relentless curiosity to his subject, and add a modern prism to the man and his work. McCamish’s writing is elegant, frosted in fresh insights … marvellous.’ —Herald Sun

‘A detailed, involving and very readable look at the life of a flawed man with a large appetite for life.’ —Books+Publishing

‘This is one of those rare biographies that will keep you transfixed right to the very last pages, even though in this instance, they are scorchingly sad.’ —Country Style

‘Full-hearted, free-striding – this is a book that sings.’ —Helen Garner

Thornton McCamish is a freelance journalist and writer. He was editor of the Big Issue (Australia) magazine from 1996 to 1999. His book Supercargo: A Journey Among Ports (2002) was published by Lonely Planet. Thornton received a 2013 Merlyn Myer Biography stipend to write Our Man Elsewhere - awarded on the strength of his outstanding proposal.

Title:Our Man Elsewhere: In Search of Alan MooreheadFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 28, 2016Publisher:Schwartz Publishing Pty. LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1925203115

ISBN - 13:9781925203110

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