Clive Barry

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Clive Stephen Barry
Barry pictured in 1958
Born Clive Stephen Barry
(1922-09-02)2 September 1922
Died 25 August 2003(2003-08-25) (aged 80)
Occupation Novelist, Travel Writer
Nationality Australian

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".[1]

At only sixteen years of age Barry served in World War II – falsifying his date of birth in order to enlist.[2][3] 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.[4]

In 1961 he was appointed the United Nations representative in the Congo.


  1. ^ Oxford Companion to Australian Literature
  2. ^ [1] Australian War Memorial
  3. ^ [2] The Canberra Times, 4 April 1947
  4. ^ [3] Manly Biographical