Matthew Condon

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Matthew Condon
Born 1962 (age 51–52)
Nationality Australian

Matthew Condon (born 1962) is a prize-winning Australian writer and journalist.

Biography[edit]

Educated at the University of Queensland and the Goethe Institute, Bremen, Germany,[1] he is the author of ten novels and short story collections, including The Lulu Magnet, A Night at the Pink Poodle, The Motorcycle Cafe, and The Pillow Fight. The Trout Opera,[2] an epic novel that took him more than ten years to write, examines the Australian character through its chief protagonist Wilfred Lampe, a rabbiter and farm hand who spends his entire life in the township of Dalgety, on the banks of the Snowy River. The Sydney Daily Telegraph described the novel as "an instant classic".

In 2013, Condon published Three Crooked Kings, a the first part of a biography of former Queensland Police Commissioner Terry Lewis who was charged in 1989 and later jailed on multiple corruption charges. The book was based on Condon's extensive interviews with Lewis and others as well as archival material.[3] The biography is continued in Jacks and Jokers (2014) and an unpublished third volume.

Condon, who now writes for The Courier-Mail and is the father of two children, is based in Brisbane, Australia.

Bibliography[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • The Motorcycle Cafe, 1988
  • Usher, 1991
  • The Ancient Guild of Tycoons, 1994
  • A Night at the Pink Poodle, 1995
  • The Pillow Fight, 1998
  • Lime Bar, 2001
  • The Trout Opera, 2007
  • Mulligan: On Being a Hack Golfer, 2007

Short fiction[edit]

  • "Tattoo" (1996) in Original Sin (ed. Robyn Sheahan)

Short story collections[edit]

  • The Lulu Magnet, 1996

Non-Fiction[edit]

  • Brisbane, 2010, written about the city Brisbane, where Matthew grew up.
  • Three Crooked Kings, 2013
  • Jacks and Jokers, 2014

Children's Fiction[edit]

  • The Tunnel, 1997

Edited[edit]

  • Smashed: Australian Drinking Stories, 1996

Awards and nominations[edit]

References[edit]

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