by Montpelier Press
in association with the Vulgar Press
A true classic, The
Morality of Gentlemen was first published in 1984.
It is one of a few great political novels ever written
by an Australian about Australia political conditions.
Editor of Overland, Ian Syson who writes the
introduction to this publication says that it is the
book that Frank Hardy spent his life trying to write.
The author Amanda Lohrey
is one of Australias leading novelists and social
commentators. She grew up the daughter of a waterside
worker and calls on the semantic tendrils of this early
experience in this authentic literary masterpiece. In
The Morality of Gentlemen Amanda Lohrey uses
a writing technique that derives as much from the great
Dos Passos as it does from the German playwright Brecht.
With the skill of a true artist she has created a full-blooded
political narrative that is gripping to read and has
the sweep, colour and ambition we usually associated
with the great European writers of the twentieth century.
The Morality of Gentlemen
is a unique Australian history as relevant today as
it was when first published in the 1980s. It tell a
story from within the perspective of working class culture
of intelligent, ironic and sophisticated men and women
dealing with the timeless challenge of oppression by
the rich and the political Right.
of Gentlemen is one of the ten best books of
Peter Craven, The Age