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Morris Lurie (born 30 October 1938) is an Australian writer of comic novels, short stories, essays, plays, and children's books. His work focuses on the comic mishaps of Jewish-Australian men (often writers) of Lurie's generation, who are invariably jazz fans.
Lurie was born to Arie and Esther Lurie in Carlton, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, in 1938. His first novel was the comic Rappaport (Hodder and Stoughton, 1966) and focused on a day in the life of a young Melbourne antique dealer and his immature friend, Friedlander. The characters, transplanted to London, were further chronicled in Rappaport's Revenge (1973). Lurie's self-exile from Australia to Europe, the UK and Northern Africa provides much of the material for his fiction. His second novel was The London Jungle Adventures of Charlie Hope (Hodder and Stoughton, 1968). Flying Home (1978) was named by the National Book Council as one of the ten best Australian books of the decade. Subsequent novels are Seven Books for Grossman (1983), really a novella parodying the styles of various authors and Madness (1991), about a writer dealing with a mentally unstable girlfriend.
Lurie is best known for his short stories. He recently wrote an instructional guide When and How to Write Short Stories and What They Are (2000). His stories have been published in many prestigious magazines, including The New Yorker, The Virginia Quarterly, Punch, The Times, The Telegraph Magazine, Transatlantic Review, Island, Meanjin, Overland, Quadrant and Westerly.
- 1973 - FAW State of Victoria Short Story Award: winner for 'Skylight in Lausanne'
- 1978 - National Book Council Award for Australian Literature: highly commended for 'Flying Home : a novel'
- 1983 - Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award: commended for 'Toby's Millions'
- 1985 - National Book Council Award for Australian Literature, 1985: joint second for 'The Night We Ate the Sparrow : A Memoir and Fourteen Stories'
- 1986 winner of the inaugural Young Australian’s Best Book Award award for 'The 27th Annual Hippopotamus Race'
- 1988 - NBC Banjo Awards: second for 'Whole Life : An Autobiography'
- 1991 - KOALA, Primary Readers: winner for 'The Twenty-Seventh Annual African Hippopotamus Race '
- 1994 - Island-North Essay Competition: runner-up for The Fat Kid's Revenge 
- 1994 - Ulitarra-Sheaffer Pen Short Story Competition: winner for 'Towards a New Definition of Radical Feminism'
- 2006 - Patrick White Award for under-recognised, lifetime achievement in literature
Novels and short story collections
- Rappaport (Hodder and Stoughton, 1966)
- The London Jungle Adventures of Charlie Hope (Hodder and Stoughton, 1968)
- Happy Times (1969)
- Rappaport's Revenge (1973)
- Inside the Wardrobe (1975)
- Flying Home (1978)
- Running Nicely (1979)
- Dirty Friends (1981)
- Seven Books for Grossman (1983)
- Outrageous Behaviour (a collection of best stories, 1984)
- The Night We Ate the Sparrow (1985)
- Two Brothers, Running (1990)
- Madness (1991)
- The String (1995)
- Welcome to Tangier (1997)
- The Secret Strength of Children (2001)
- Seventeen Versions of Jewishness: Twenty Examples (2001)
- To Light Attained (2008)
- Hergesheimer Hangs In (2011)
Essays and journalism
- The English in Heat (1972)
- Hack Work (1977)
- Public Secrets (1981)
- Snow Jobs (1985)
- My Life as a Movie (1988)
Other books include a collection of plays called Waterman (1979); an autobiography Whole Life (1987); and a number of children's books, including the popular Twenty-Seventh Annual African Hippopotamus Race (1969), which was voted the favourite young storybook by an Australian author by schoolchildren in Victoria.
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- "Previous YABBA Winners 1986 - 2011". Section 2 - Fiction for Younger Readers. Young Australian's Best Book Award, The Children's Choice Book Award in Victoria. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
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