John O'Grady

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John Patrick O'Grady, pen name Nino Culotta (9 October 1907 – 14 January 1981) was an Australian writer. His works include the comic novel They're a Weird Mob (1957) and the poem The Integrated Adjective, sometimes known as Tumba-bloody-rumba.

Pseudonym[edit]

O'Grady chose to write under a variety of pseudonyms, most famously as Nino Culotta for his books They're a Weird Mob, Cop This Lot, Gone Fishin ', and Gone Gougin' . Other examples include No Kava For Johnny, which is published under O'Grady's name, but contains a preface from the author claiming that the book had in fact been written by the eponymous character, Johnny.

Works[edit]

O'Grady's numerous works were originally published in hardback by Ure Smith with comic illustrations; many have frequently been re-issued by other publishing houses, generally facsimile editions in paperback.

  • They're a Weird Mob (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1957) and its sequels,
    • Cop This Lot (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1960)
    • Gone Fishin' (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1962)
    • Gone Gougin' (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1975)
  • No Kava for Johnny (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1961) illustrated by 'wep'
  • The Things They Do To You (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1963) illustrated by 'wep'
  • Aussie English: An Explanation of the Australian Idiom (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1965)
  • Ladies and Gentlemen (with Douglass Baglin) (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1966)
  • Gone Troppo (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1968)
  • O'Grady Sez (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1969)
  • So Sue Me! (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1970)
  • Are You Irish or Normal? (as by Sean O'Grada) (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1970)
  • Aussie Etiket; or, Doing Things the Aussie Way (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1971)
  • It's Your Shout, Mate!: Aussie pubs and Aussie beers (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1972)
  • Smoky Joe the Fish-eater (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1972)
  • Survival in the Doghouse (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1973)
  • Now Listen, Mate! [re-issue of So sue me!] (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1974)
  • There Was A Kid: An Autobiography, Part One (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1977)
  • Down Under To Up Over (with Molly O'Grady) (Sydney: Lansdowne Press, 1980)

Aussie Etiket was translated into Japanese as Ōsutoraria-ryū Echiketto: Oretachi Dattara Kōsuru Ne (Tōkyō : Kindai Bungeisha, 1993)

A collection of the papers of O'Grady, ranging from 1942–1986, are available in manuscript form at the National Library of Australia, Canberra.[1]

Family[edit]

O'Grady's son, John O'Grady, Jnr, was at one point the head of situation comedy at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation[2] and winner of the 1987 Television Drama Award for ABC TV series Mother and Son presented by the Australian Human Rights Commission.[3] O'Grady's brother, Frank, was also an author and published The Golden Valley (1955), Goonoo Goonoo (1956) and Hanging Rock (1957); all published by Cassell. Where O'Grady's novels were light satirical works, Frank O'Grady wrote pioneering sagas set in western New South Wales.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Papers of John O'Grady (1907–1981)". Manuscripts (8046). National Library of Australia. 2007-12-06. Retrieved 2007-08-11. 
  2. ^ Tynan, Jacinta (2008-09-13). "Weird how my rello won his fame". Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 2010-11-05. 
  3. ^ "1987 Television Drama Award". Human Rights Medal and Awards. Australian Human Rights Commission. 1987. Retrieved 2007-08-11. 
  4. ^ "O'Grady, John see 'Culotta, Nino': popular authorship, duplicity and celebrity". Australian Literary Studies (extract). Extract from The Gale Group. 2004-10-01. Retrieved 2010-11-05.