Morley Roberts (29 December 1857 – 8 June 1942) was an English novelist and short story writer, best known for The Private Life of Henry Maitland.
Early life 
Near the end of 1876 Roberts took a steerage passage to Australia and landed at Melbourne in January 1877. The next three years were spent in obtaining colonial experience, mostly on sheep stations in New South Wales, and Roberts then returned to London. For a time he worked in the war office and other government departments, but again went on his travels and had varied occupations in the United States and Canada between 1884 and 1886. He later travelled in Oceania, Australia, South Africa, amongst other parts of the world.
Literary career 
Roberts used his experiences freely in his books, the first being The Western Avernus(1887). Roberts began his long series of novels and short stories in 1890. Of his novels, Rachel Marr (1903) was highly praised by William Henry Hudson, and The Private Life of Henry Maitland (1912), based on the life of George Gissing the novelist, was possibly his best known book. Roberts also wrote essays, biography, drama and verse, and did some competent work in biology. He married Alice, daughter of the playwright Angiolo Robson Slous, and died in London aged 84 on 8 June 1942.
He was only a few years in Australia, but there are many Australian references both in his novels and his short stories. An exhaustive bibliography by Markus Neacey of his novels and other writings and writings about him can be found in the July 2012 number of English Literature in Transition.
Short Stories include:
- King Billy of Ballarat and Other Stories, Lawrence & Bullen (London), 1892 (including: "Father and Son")
- Red Earth, Lawrence & Bullen (London), 1894 (including: "Wide Bay Bar".)
- The Keeper of the Waters, Skeffington & Son (London), 1898 (including: "The Anticipator".)
- Midsummer Madness, Eveleigh Nash (London), 1909 (including: "The Bood Fetish")
- "ROBERTS, Morley". Who's Who, 59: pp. 1495–1496. 1907.
- Nicola Barton's family tree
- Slous, Angiolo Robson (1866). True to the Core: A Story of the Armada. London: Tinsley Brothers.
- Neacey, Markus (2012). "A Bibliography of Morley Roberts's Writings". English Literature in Transition 55 (3): 361–393.
- R.B. Russell (ed.). "Morley Roberts". A Guide to Supernatural Fiction.
- Works by Morley Roberts at Project Gutenberg
- THE PRIVATE LIFE OF HENRY MAITLAND by MORLEY ROBERTS at Flinders University
- Bibliography of works by Morley Roberts at Freeread