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Jon ClearyJon Stephen Cleary (22 November 1917 _ 19 July 2010) was an Australian writer and novelist. He wrote numerous books, including The Sundowners (1951), a portrait of a rural family in the 1920s as they move from one job to the next, and The High Commissioner (1966), the first of a long series of popular detective fiction works featuring Sydney Police Inspector Scobie Malone. A number of Cleary's works have been the subject of film and television adaptations.

Cleary was born in Erskineville, Sydney and educated at Marist Brothers College, Randwick. Cleary enlisted in the Australian army on 27 May 1940 and served in the Middle East before being transferred to the Military History Unit. Cleary began writing short stories regularly in the army, selling his first story in 1940.

Cleary's first novel was the 1947 work, You Can't See 'Round Corners, which dwelt on the life of an army deserter wanted for the sensational murder of his girlfriend in wartime Sydney.

The success of The Sundowners, which would sell over three million copies, enabled Cleary to write full-time. He lived in Italy for a year then returned home to Australia in 1953 after seven years away. However he continued to live abroad for long stints, notably in Spain and London. His novels became increasingly set in countries other than Australia, with Cleary travelling extensively for the purposes of research.

Writing the Scobie Malone series of novels enabled him to tell Australian stories which appealed to an international audience, and he remained popular with readers throughout his career. His last novel was published in 2007.


He was a regular churchgoer, attending Mass every Sunday. For the last three years of his life, he was in ill-health, attended by a full-time carer, and in and out of hospital with heart problems. He died on 19 July 2010, aged 92.

Similar authors: Ian Rankin, Karen Robards


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Jon Cleary Bibliography


Novels

  • You Can't See 'Round Corners (1947)
  • The Long Shadow (1949)
  • Just Let Me Be (1950)
  • The Sundowners (1952)
  • The Climate of Courage (1954)
  • Justin Bayard (1955) (aka Dust in the Sun)
  • The Green Helmet (1957)
  • Back of Sunset (1959)
  • North From Thursday (1960)
  • Strike Me Lucky (1961) co-wrote (uncredited) with his wife Joy
  • The Country of Marriage (1962)
  • Forests of the Night (1963)
  • A Flight of Chariots (1963)
  • The Fall of an Eagle (1964)
  • The High Commissioner (1966) the first Scobie Malone novel
  • The Pulse of Danger (1966)
  • The Long Pursuit (1967)
  • Season of Doubt (1968)
  • Remember Jack Hoxie (1969)
  • Helga's Web (1970) Scobie Malone novel
  • Mask of the Andes (1971) (aka The Liberators)
  • Man's Estate (1972) (aka The Ninth Marquess)
  • Ransom (1973) Scobie Malone novel
  • The Safe House (1975)
  • Peter's Pence (1975)
  • A Sound of Lightning (1976)
  • High Road to China (1977)
  • Vortex (1978)
  • The Beaufort Sisters (1979)
  • A Very Private War (1980)
  • The Faraway Drums (1981)
  • The Golden Sabre (1981)
  • Spearfield's Daughter (1982)
  • The Phoenix Tree (1984)
  • The City of Fading Light (1985)
  • Dragons at the Party (1987) Scobie Malone novel
  • Now and Then, Amen (1988) Scobie Malone novel
  • Babylon South (1989) Scobie Malone novel
  • You, the Jury (1990) (reprint of 1950 Just Let Me Be)
  • Murder Song (1990) Scobie Malone novel
  • Pride's Harvest (1991) Scobie Malone novel
  • Dark Summer (1992) Scobie Malone novel
  • Bleak Spring (1993) Scobie Malone novel
  • Autumn Maze (1994) Scobie Malone novel
  • Winter Chill (1995) Scobie Malone novel
  • Endpeace (1996) Scobie Malone novel
  • A Different Turf (1997) Scobie Malone novel
  • Five Ring Circus (1998) Scobie Malone novel
  • Dilemma (1999) Scobie Malone novel
  • Bear Pit (2000) Scobie Malone novel
  • Yesterday's Shadow (2001) Scobie Malone novel
  • The Easy Sin (2002) Scobie Malone novel
  • Degrees of Connection (2003) Scobie Malone novel
  • Miss Ambar Regrets (2004)
  • Morning's Gone (2006)
  • Four-Cornered Circle (2007)

Jon Cleary Awards

  • 1944 Australian Broadcasting Commission prize for radio drama (Safe Horizon)
  • 1950 Australian Literary Society's Crouch Medal for Best Australian Novel (Just Let Me Be)
  • 1975 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Novel (Peter's Pence)
  • 1996 Australian Crime Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 1996 Ned Kelly Award for Lifelong Contribution to the Crime, Mystery and Detective Genres
  • 2004 Ned Kelly Award for Best Novel (Degrees of Connection)

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