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.
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.
Funny, scary and extremely sexy . . . Truly a grand book.