Jon Cleary was a highly successful Australian author who had numerous books adapted for film and television. His first book was You Can’t See ‘Round Corners which he published in 1947. He is considered one of the most popular Australian authors of all-time.

Cleary was born in Erskineville, Sydney where his family struggled through childhood, at one point seeing most of their belongings repossessed. Cleary attended some school, but left at the age of 14 to help support his family financially. Cleary would then join the Army, but he would write while in there and sold his first story in 1940. After finishing his service, he wrote his first novel.

Publication Order of Scobie Malone Books

The High Commissioner(1966) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Helga's Web(1970) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ransom(1973) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dragons at the Party(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Now and Then, Amen(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Babylon South(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder Song(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pride's Harvest(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dark Summer(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bleak Spring(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Autumn Maze(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Winter Chill(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Different Turf(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Endpeace(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Five Ring Circus(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dilemma(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Bear Pit(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Yesterday's Shadow(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Easy Sin(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Degrees of Connection(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

These Small Glories(1946) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
You Can't See Round Corners(1947) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Long Shadow(1949) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Just Let Me Be(1950) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Climate of Courage(1954) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Justin Bayard(1955) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Green Helmet(1959) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
North from Thursday(1960) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Sundowners(1960) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Forests of the Night(1963) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Flight of Chariots(1964) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Fall of an Eagle(1965) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Pulse of Danger(1966) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Long Pursuit(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Seasons of Doubt(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Remember Jack Hoxie(1969) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mask of the Andes(1971) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Man's Estate(1972) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Back of Sunset(1973) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Country of Marriage(1973) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Peter's Pence(1974) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Safe House(1975) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Sound of Lightning(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
High Road to China(1977) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Vortex(1977) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Beaufort Sisters(1979) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Very Private War(1980) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Golden Sabre(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Faraway Drums(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Very Private View(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Spearfield's Daughter(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Phoenix Tree(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The City of Fading Light(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Miss Ambar Regrets(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Morning's Gone(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Four-cornered Circle(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price


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You Can’t See ‘Round Corners is Cleary’s first novel and follows a bookie named Frankie McCoy who is drafted into the Australian Army during World War II. Cleary based the character on a number of people he met during his time in the military and he did most of his writing while still in the service. The book sees McCoy decide to desert the Army and go on the run. His girlfriend doesn’t like this and he ends up with a far more experienced woman named Myra.

Cleary authored a number of books in his own Scobie Malone series. The High Commissioner is the title and it follows the story of a High Commissioner who is accused of murder. Scobie Malone is set to go get him from London and return him for trial. Malone’s job becomes complicated when there are outside forces looking to murder the High Commissioner in order to cause anarchy at an upcoming peace summit in Saigon. This started a long series of books and was actually made into a film called Nobody Runs Forever.

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