The Climate of Courage

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The Climate of Courage
Author Jon Cleary
Country Australia
Language English
Publication date

The Climate of Courage is a 1954 novel by Australian writer Jon Cleary. It is set during World War II and involves a group of Australian soldiers who have returned from service in the Middle East. The novel falls into two parts: the soldiers on leave in Sydney, where they engage in various romantic entanglements and experience the famous submarine attack on Sydney, then taking part in a patrol during the New Guinea Campaign.[1] The book was partly based on Cleary's own experiences of the war and was very popular, selling 28,000 copies in the UK during its first week of publication.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Our Tradition Of Mateship.". The Sydney Morning Herald (National Library of Australia). 26 June 1954. p. 10. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Rush for Novel.". The Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW: National Library of Australia). 14 January 1954. p. 7. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Jap. Harbor Attack Created In Book.". The Advertiser (Adelaide: National Library of Australia). 9 January 1954. p. 3. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 

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