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Jon Stephen Cleary (born 22 November 1917) is an Australian author.

Born in Erskineville Sydney, Australia, Cleary has written many books, among them 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 or television adaptations.

His 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.

Cleary worked as a journalist for the Australia News and Information Bureau in London from 1948–49 and in New York from 1949–51.

Cleary's honours include the Australian Broadcasting Commission prize for radio drama in 1944, the Australian Literary Society's Crouch Medal for Best Australian Novel in 1950, an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Novel (Peter's Pence) in 1975, and the Australian Crime Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.

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Awards

Bibliography

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Novels

  • You Can't See Round Corners (1947)
  • The Long Shadow (1949)
  • Just Let Me Be (1950)
  • The Sundowners (novel)(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)
  • The Country of Marriage (1962)
  • Forests of the Night (1963)
  • A Flight of Chariots (1964)
  • The Fall of an Eagle (1965)
  • The High Commissioner (1966)
  • The Pulse of Danger (1966)
  • The Long Pursuit (1967)
  • Season of Doubt (1968)
  • Remember Jack Hoxie (1969)
  • Helga's Web (1970)
  • Mask of the Andes (1971) (aka The Liberators)
  • Man's Estate (1972) (aka The Ninth Marquess)
  • Ransom (1973)
  • The safe House (1975)
  • Peter's Pence (1975)
  • A Sound of Lightning (1976)
  • High Road to China (1977)
  • Vortex (1979)
  • 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)
  • Now and Then, Amen (1988)
  • Babylon South (1989)
  • You, the Jury (1990) (reprint of 1950 Just Let Me Be)
  • Murder Song (1990)
  • Pride's Harvest (1991)
  • Dark Summer (1992)
  • Bleak Spring (1993)
  • Autumn Maze (1994)
  • Winter Chill (1995)
  • Endpeace (1996)
  • Five Ring Circus (1998)
  • A Different Turf (1998)
  • Dilemma (1999)
  • Bear Pit (2000)
  • Yesterday's Shadow (2001)
  • The Easy Sin (2002)
  • Degrees of Connection (2003)
  • Miss Ambar Regrets (2004)
  • Morning's Gone (2006)
  • Four-Cornered Circle (2007)

Short story collections

  • These Small Glories (1946)

Film Adaptations

  • Dust in the Sun (Justin Bayard) (1958) Starring Jill Adams and Ken Wayne
  • The Sundowners (1960) Starring Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr, Glynis Johns, Peter Ustinov
  • The Green Helmet (1961) Starring Bill Travers, Ed Begley, Sid James and Nancy Walters
  • Nobody Runs Forever (The High Commissioner) (1968) Starring Rod Taylor, Christopher Plummer, Lilli Palmer and Camilla Spary
  • You Can't See Round Corners (1969) (Adaptation of television series) Starring Ken Shorter, Rowena Wallace and Carmen Duncan
  • Scoby Malone (Helga's Web) (1975) Starring Jack Thompson, Judy Morris, Shane Porteous and Jacqueline Kott
  • High Road to China (1983) Starring Bess Armstrong and Tom Selleck

Television Adaptations

  • You Can't See Round Corners (1967) Starring Ken Shorter, John Armstrong, Rowena Wallace and Carmen Duncan
  • Spearfield's Daughter (1986) (Mini series) Starring Christopher Plummer, Nancy Marchand, Kim Braden and Steve Railsback

Notes

  1. ^ a b "Ned Kelly Awards". Australian Crime Fiction Database. http://www.crimedownunder.com/nedkellyawards.html. Retrieved 2007-09-15. 

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