Guide to the Papers of Amanda Lohrey [MSS 213]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Amanda Lohrey
Manuscript Number MSS 213
Last Updated October 2021
Extent 5 boxes
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Literary papers, including drafts of fiction, research notes, notebooks, manuscripts of The Reading Group.  Also includes correspondence and other material relating to a defamation case.

Collection Subject Type


Scope and Content

A collection of literary papers of Amanda Lohrey, created principally during the 1980s. The collection consists of drafts, especially several drafts and manuscripts of The Reading Group (1988). The collection also includes drafts of other material, notebooks, research files, media clippings. There are also files of correspondence, media clippings and related documents connected with the libel action levelled against The Reading Group in 1989.

Date Range of Content


Biographical Note

Wikipedia article:

Amanda Lohrey is an Australian writer, novelist and academic. A graduate of the University of Tasmania, Lohrey worked as a researcher for several years before an appointment in writing and textual studies at the University of Technology Sydney from 1988 - 1994. She was appointed lecturer in the School of English, Media Studies and Art History at the University of Queensland in 2002, and most recently joined the Australian National University as a visiting fellow in 2016.

She published her first novel, The Morality of Gentlemen in 1984. Her second, The Reading Group (1988), was threatened by defamation action by a Tasmanian senator. The case was settled out of court, including the pulping of 1000 unsold copies. The Reading Group was later reissued.

Since then, she has published the novels Camille’s Bread (1995), The Philosopher’s Doll (2004), Vertigo (2008), A Short History of Richard Kline (2015). In 2010, she published an anthology of short fiction, Reading Madame Bovary. She has also published essays in several publications, including Quarterly Essay, The Monthly, and Hecate.

Lohrey has received a number of awards for her work, including the 1996 Australian Literature Society Gold Medal for and the 1996 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Camille’s Bread, the 2011 Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for Reading Madame Bovary. In 2012, Amanda Lohrey was given the Patrick White Award.

Author record, Amanda Lohrey, AustLit (, St Lucia: The University of Queensland, 2002-. [Retrieved from 15/01/2019].


Administrative Information

Access and Copying Conditions

Access: The permission of Amanda Lohrey is required to access this collection.

This collection contains a variety of copyright material. Copyright is held by the creator of each item. Specific conditions for this collection are listed below. If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items. Digitised material from manuscript collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright. Refer also to the UNSW copyright, disclaimer and takedown policy. 

Copying: No copying is approved. 

Preferred Citation

Papers of Amanda Lohrey, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 213, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


The collection was acquired from Amanda Lohrey in one consignment.


Subject Keywords


Australian novelists, Australian essayists, Australian academics

Personal Names

Amanda Lohrey 1947-

Amanda Frances Lillian Lohrey

Amanda Frances Lillian Howard

Corporate Names


Writer, novelist, academic


Container List

Box 1

Folder 1
Original manuscript of The Reading Group

Folder 2 
Typed drafts -rejects
Final revisions
Integrated resolutions

Folder 3 
Michael’ - own draft

Folder 4 
‘Sam and Renata’ - notes for future
Resolutions - Part Three ‘Now’
‘Robert and Louise’ - typewritten draft

Folder 5 
‘Clare: Andrew’
General miscellanea

Folder 6 
‘Sam and Mrs Rennie’ - old draft


Box 2

Folder 7 
‘The Country’
First draft - photocopy

Folder 8 
‘Robert and Louise’
‘The Visiting Poet’
Draft - structure
The draft

Folder 9 
Draft ‘Beginnings’ - typescript

Folder 10 
Extracts, research

Folder 11 
‘Michael’ (Key) - rough 2 and last instead of first
Reading Group meetings, public scenes, CPS and fire

Folder 12 
‘Andrew and Claire’
Second draft - title pages

Folder 13 

Folder 14 
Early drafts


Box 3

Folder 15 
‘Terrorism’, research

Folder 16 
‘Robert and Louise’
Files list

Folder 17 
‘Robert and Louise’ - early drafts

Folder 18 
Reading Group - manuscript, Part I

Folder 19 
Reading Group - manuscript, Part II

Folder 20 
Early drafts, clippings

Folder 21 


Box 4

Folder 22 
Manuscript - structure C

Folder 23 
Manuscript - basis of draft

Folder 24 
‘Lyndon’ - early drafts

Folder 25 
Miscellanea retrieved from drafts - not used in final version


Box 5

Folder 26 

Folder 27 

Folder 28 
Press clippings and related documents
Material relating to rewrite for re-issue by Picador

Folder 29 
Miscellaneous items re defamation case

Folder 30 
Miscellaneous correspondence re: defamation case
Legal and related correspondence and documents re: defamation case

Folder 31 
The Reading Group - annotated copy

Folder 32 
The Reading Group - annotated copy