Charles Shaw (writer)

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Charles Herbert Shaw (10 August 1900 – 1 August 1955) was an Australian journalist and novelist.

Shaw was born in South Melbourne, Victoria. During the Depression years he held a variety of jobs in the countryside and his interest in writing led him to work at a newspaper in Forbes, New South Wales. Shaw had several stories published by The Bulletin and eventually was employed by the magazine as a rural editor.[1] He had two collections of Outback short stories Outback Occupations (1943) and A Sheaf of Shorts (1944) and one volume of verse The Warrumbungle Mare (1943) published as well as two detective stories The Green Token (1943) and Treasure of the Hills (1944).[1]

Shaw decided after several rejections that no one outside Australia had an interest in stories about the Outback. He wrote a novel Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison, published in 1952, about a U.S. Marine and a nun on a Japanese-held Pacific island. It was adapted for the screen as a 1957 film by John Huston and John Lee Mahin. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium in 1957.

Shaw wrote a series of four detective novels about Dennis Delaney under the nom de plume of "Bant Singer", named after his favourite car, a Singer Bantam.[2]

  • You're Wrong, Delaney (1953)
  • Don't Slip, Delaney (1954)
  • Have Patience, Delaney (1954)
  • Your Move, Delaney (1956)

He died of a cerebral haemorrhage in Sydney on 1 August 1955.


  1. ^ a b Rutledge, M, Shaw, Charles Herbert (1900 - 1955), Australian Dictionary of Biography Online
  2. ^ Loder, John & Batten, Sally Australian Crime Fiction: A Bibliography, 1857-1993 1994 National Centre of Australian Studies

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