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Geoffrey Moorhouse, FRGS, FRSL, D.Litt (29 November 1931 – 26 November 2009[1][2]) was an English journalist and author. He was born Geoffrey Heald in Bolton and took his stepfather's surname. He attended Bury Grammar School. He began writing as a journalist on the Bolton Evening News. At the age of 27, he joined the Manchester Guardian where he eventually became chief feature writer and combined writing book with journalism.[3]

Many of his books were largely based on his travels. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society in 1972, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1982, and received an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Warwick. His book To The Frontier won the Thomas Cook Award for the best travel book of its year in 1984. He had recently concentrated on Tudor history, with The Pilgrimage of Grace and Great Harry's Navy. He lived in a hill village in North Yorkshire.[4] In an interview given at the University of Tübingen in 1999, he described his approach to his writing.[5]

All three of Moorhouse's marriages ended in divorce. He had two sons and two daughters, one of whom died of cancer in 1981. He died aged 77 of a stroke on 26 November 2009[6] and is survived by both sons and one daughter.


  • The Press (Ward Lock Educational, London 1964)
  • Britain in the Sixties: The Other England (Penguin, Harmondsworth, 1964)
  • The Church (Oxford University Press, London, 1967)
  • Against All Reason (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1969)
  • Calcutta (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1971)
  • The Missionaries (Eyre Methuen, London, 1973)
  • The Fearful Void (Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1974)
  • The Diplomats: The Foreign Office Today (Cape, London, 1977)
  • The Boat and the Town (Hodder & Stoughton, London & Toronto, 1979)
  • The Best Loved Game: One Summer of English Cricket (Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1979)
  • San Francisco (Time-Life Books, Amsterdam, 1979)
  • Prague (Time-Life Books, Amsterdam, 1980)
  • India Britannica (Harvill, London, 1983)
  • To the Frontier (Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1984)
  • Rail Across India: A Photographic Journey (New Cavendish, London, 1985)
  • Imperial City: The Rise and Rise of New York (Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1988)
  • At the George and Other Essays on Rugby League (Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1989)
  • The Nile (Barrie & Jenkins, London, 1989)
  • Apples in the Snow: A Journey to Samarkand (Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1990)
  • On The Other Side: A Journey Through Soviet Central Asia (Henry Holt, 1991)
  • Hell's Foundations: A Town, Its Myths, and Gallipoli (Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1992)
  • OM: An Indian Pilgrimage (Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1993)
  • A People's Game: The Centenary History of Rugby League Football, 1895 - 1995 (Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1995)
  • Sun Dancing: A Medieval Vision (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1997)
  • Sydney (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1999)
  • The Pilgrimage of Grace, 1536-7: The Rebellion That Shook Henry VIII's Throne (Phoenix, 2003)
  • Great Harry's Navy (Phoenix new edition, 2006)


  1. ^ Michael Leapman Obituary, The Independent, 28 November
  2. ^ Ion Trewin Obituary, The Guardian, 27 November 2009
  3. ^ Bolton Evening News (1999-06-19). "Millennium people: Geoffrey Moorhouse". Newsquest Media Group. Retrieved 2007-05-17.  
  4. ^ Orion Books. "Geoffrey Moorhouse - an Orion author". Retrieved 2007-05-17.  
  5. ^ Interview, University of Tübingen, 1999,
  6. ^ "Geoffrey Moorhouse: writer". The Times. Retrieved 2009-11-27.  


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Geoffrey Moorhouse (born 1931) is an English author.


  • I first fell under the spell of cricket, as every other small boy will have done, by batting and bowling on the nearest available space the moment I got home from school.
    • The Best-Loved Game (1979)

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