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The bulk of the collection comprises edited draft manuscripts and typescripts of several of Condon's works. Also included are draft typescripts of some unpublished short stories, a small amount of correspondence with publishers, letters from the author Georgia Savage, publicity photographs, reviews and newspaper clippings.
Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn294972).
Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.
Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Matthew Condon, National Library of Australia, MS 9297, [box number and series and/or file number]'.
The papers were purchased from Matthew Condon in 1998.
The original arrangement of the papers has been preserved by the Library.
Condon's published works include The motorcycle café (University of Queensland Press, 1988), Usher (University of Queensland Press, 1991), The ancient guild of tycoons (University of Queensland Press, 1994), A night at the Pink Poodle (Arrow, 1995), The lulu magnet (Vintage Australia, 1996), Smashed: Australian drinking stories (Random House, 1996), The tunnel (Lothian, 1997), The pillow fight ( Random House Australia, 1998)
Matthew Condon is a journalist and an author. Born on 5 March 1962, he was educated at the University of Queensland, and studied German at the Goethe Institute, Bremen in Germany.
Condon began his career as a journalist with the Gold Coast Bulletin in 1982. From here he moved to the Brisbane Courier Mail, and then to the Sydney Sun-Herald, for a time as its London correspondent, and more recently in Sydney as literary editor.
Condon's first book, The motorcycle café, was published in 1988. Since then he has gone on to publish several works, as well as contribute short stories to collections, journals and newspapers.
Condon has received the following awards and grants for his work as an author:
This series comprises business correspondence, mainly with publishers, and a folder of letters to Condon from the author Georgia Savage. The principal correspondents include James Bradley, Carmen Callil (Chatto & Windus), Luke Davies, Liam Davison, Anthony Harwood (his agent), Jan Smark Nilsson (National Book Council), Bruce Pascoe (Pascoe Publishing), Bill Scott-Kerr (Picador), Tom Shapcott (Director, Literature Board of the Australia Council), and the University of Queensland Press.
This series comprises papers relating to Condon's collection of short stories entitled The motorcycle café, published by University of Queensland Press, 1988 (159pp). They include edited drafts and correspondence, mainly with University of Queensland Press, regarding editing and publication of the book.
This series comprises material relating to Condon's novel Usher, published by University of Queensland Press, 1991 (260pp). Included are notebooks, edited drafts and proofs, reviews and publicity photographs.
They include publicity photographs, newspaper and journal reviews, draft and colour photocopy of book cover, and a program for Warana Writers Week 1991, which Condon attended.
This series comprises papers relating to Condon's novel The ancient guild of tycoons, published by University of Queensland Press, 1994 (365pp). They include reviews and edited drafts and proofs.
This series comprises papers relating to Condon's novel A night at the Pink Poodle, published by Arrow, 1995 (315pp); including reviews and an edited draft typescript.
This series consists of typed drafts of Condon's book of short stories entitled The lulu magnet, published by Vintage Australia, 1996 (553pp).
This series comprises papers relating to a book of short stories entitled Smashed: Australian drinking stories, edited by Matthew Condon and Richard Lawson and published by Random House, 1996 (520pp). They include draft typescripts, edited galley proofs and some correspondence.
They include Tim Baker, Carmel Bird, José Borghino, Max Cullen, Chris Cyrill, Luke Davies, Barry Dickins, Susan Errington, Mandy Sayer, Rosie Scott, and Candace Sutton.
This series comprises a miscellaneous collection of draft typescript of short stories.
A collection of miscellaneous papers including payment advice notes (1991) and a publishing agreement for The ancient guild of tycoons from Curtis Brown, newspaper clippings, and the draft typescript of a short story entitled Mister fake together with a copy of Australian Book Review (1992) in which it appeared.