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Saturday, 31 March 2007

Novelist Frank Moorhouse comes in for a serious spray from ex-wife Wendy James, who has written a very long letter to The Australian complaining about how the writer treated her in his 2005 memoir Martini.

I reviewed the book last October.

Jonathan Porter reports on the case. The broadsheet's Web site also has three HTML files posted containing the contents of the letter. None of the files, which contain a total of 3500 words, has her name on it. All are dated today. They are here, here and here.

No doubt Moorhouse will, at some point in the near future, respond to it in the press.

The book has been available for two years. It is not clear why James has waited until this year to respond to its contents. Alison Summers complained about Peter Carey's novel Theft: A Love Story as soon as it was published.

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