Just Let Me Be

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Just Let Me Be
Author Jon Cleary
Country Australia
Language English
Genre crime
Publisher Wener Laurie
Publication date

Just Let Me Be is a 1950 novel from Australian author Jon Cleary. It was his third published full length novel.


Joe Brennan, an ex-serviceman, returns home to Coogee after World War II. He gets a job as a milkman and intends to make enough money to marry his girlfriend Connie. He accidentally kills a man while defending local gangster Bill Pepper and is persuaded to hide the body.[1]


The novel won the 1950 Australian Literature Society Gold Medal.


The novel was adapted for British TV in 1957. It was later republished in 1990 under the title You, the Jury.


  1. ^ "Violence Breaks Out At Coogee.". The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) (NSW: National Library of Australia). 3 February 1951. p. 10. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 

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