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Meet Edith Campbell Berry, the woman all Australian women would like to be.

Meet Edith Campbell Berry, the woman all Australian women would like to be.

On a train from Paris to Geneva, Edith Campbell Berry meets Major Ambrose Westwood in the dining car, makes his acquaintance over a lunch of six courses, and allows him to kiss her passionately.Their early intimacy binds them together once they reach Geneva and their posts at the newly created League of Nations. There, a heady idealism prevails over Edith and her young colleagues, and nothing seems beyond their grasp, certainly not world peace.

The exuberance of the times carries over into Geneva nights: Edith is drawn into a dark and glamorous underworld where, coaxed by Ambrose, she becomes more and more sexually adventurous. Reading Grand Days is a rare experience: it is vivid and wise, full of shocks of recognition and revelation. The final effect of the book is intoxicating and unplaceably original.


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.

The Independant

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.

Publisher's Weekly

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

UK Vogue

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    November 1, 2011

    Vintage Australia

    736 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook


    October 26, 2011

    RHA eBooks Adult

    736 pages

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