|Clive Stephen Barry|
Barry pictured in 1958
|Born||Clive Stephen Barry
2 September 1922
|Died||25 August 2003
|Occupation||Novelist, Travel Writer|
Clive Stephen Barry (2 September 1922 - 25 August 2003) was an Australian novelist and inaugural winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize, described by the Oxford Companion to Australian Literature as a "vivid stylist with a capacity for dry humour".
At only sixteen years of age Barry served in World War II – falsifying his date of birth in order to enlist. He was mentioned in despatches and went missing in action before he was reported in the Sydney Morning Herald to be a POW in Italy. He escaped two years later and crawled barefoot, without food or water, over the Dolomites to Switzerland. His experiences inside the camp would directly influence his 1965 novel Crumb Borne.