Matthew Condon

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Matthew Condon
Born1962 (age 56–57)
Notable awardsOAM

Matthew Condon,OAM (born 1962) is a prize-winning Australian writer and journalist. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2019.


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, 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 All Fall Down (2015).[4]

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



  • 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]

Short story collections[edit]

  • The Lulu Magnet, 1996


  • Brisbane, 2010, written about the city Brisbane, where Matthew grew up.
  • Three Crooked Kings, 2013
  • Jacks and Jokers, 2014
  • All Fall Down, 2015

Children's Fiction[edit]

  • The Tunnel, 1997


  • Smashed: Australian Drinking Stories, 1996

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ "AustLit Agent". Archived from the original on 23 July 2008. Retrieved 23 July 2008.
  2. ^ "Random House Australia - Book Details - THE TROUT OPERA". Archived from the original on 31 August 2007. Retrieved 23 July 2008.
  3. ^ [1] Archived 24 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine Review by Sybil Nolan in the Sydney Morning Herald.
  4. ^ Condon, Matthew. "Book extract: All Fall Down". Archived from the original on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  5. ^ Australia-Asia Literary Award 2008 Archived 20 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine

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