John Bryson (author)

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John Bryson
Born (1935-12-25) 25 December 1935 (age 85)[1]
Melbourne, Australia
OccupationWriter
GenreBiography, fiction, non-fiction

John Bryson AM (born 25 December 1935 in Melbourne) is an Australian author and former lawyer. He has written works of fiction, biography and non-fiction.

Life[edit]

Bryson was educated at the University of Melbourne, where he studied law.[2]

Career[edit]

In 1971, after practising law for 10 years, first as a solicitor and later as a barrister, he became chairman and managing director of a Melbourne public company. In 1978, he rejoined the Victorian Bar. He was a member of the Literature Board of the Australia Council, later becoming acting chairman.

Works[edit]

Since 1973, Bryson's articles and stories have been published in Australian newspapers.

Bryson's best known work is his 1985 book Evil Angels: The Case of Lindy Chamberlain which chronicles the story of Lindy Chamberlain's trial for murder, following the Death of Azaria Chamberlain. It was made into a film of the same name starring Meryl Streep in 1988. It was released under its original title in Australia and New Zealand and as A Cry in the Dark in other English-speaking territories, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and South Africa. It is also known by similar titles internationally.[3]

Bryson is also the author of a 1981 collection of short fiction, Whoring Around, and a collection of reportage, Backstage at the Revolution. His novel of the Spanish Civil War, To the Death, Amic, was published by Viking in 1994 and as Hasta la Muerte, Amigo by Editorial Milenio Spain in 2006. In 2004 he originated and co-produced Secrets of the Juryroom, a documentary for SBS-TV.

In 2013, he was published in eBook format for both works of fiction and non-fiction.[4] Many of the non-fiction titles included collections of articles he had published as a journalist.

Awards[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

Fiction[edit]

  • Whoring Around Penguin Books (1981)
  • Melodram fur eine Heldin aus Plast Spektrum, Berlin (1985)
  • Children Aren't Supposed to be Here at All in the Penguin Century of Australian Stories (2000)
  • To the Death, Amic Penguin (1994)
  • Hasta la Muerte, Amigo Editorial Milenio, Spain (2006)
  • A World This Size, eBook (2013)
  • Fancygoods Over the Mountain, eBook (2013)
  • Homage to a Born Insurgent, eBook (2013)
  • Whoring Around, a Novella, eBook (2013)
  • Stories of Laughter and Lament, eBook (2013)

Non-fiction[edit]

  • Evil Angels Penguin (1985) and Hachette (2000) and in 12 languages
  • Backstage at the Revolution Penguin (1986)
  • The Personality of War, eBook (2013)
  • A Long Weekend in Belfast, eBook (2013)
  • Islanders, Far South, eBook (2013)
  • In Rage, Rebellion, eBook (2013)
  • Three Revolutions, eBook (2013)
  • Among the Very Foreign, eBook (2013)
  • Brilliant Artists in Trio, eBook (2013)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ AustLit
  2. ^ Bryson, J (1985), p.i.
  3. ^ "A Cry in the Dark (1988) – Release dates". IMDb.com. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  4. ^ a b "John Bryson". Australian Society of Authors. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Book Awards". LibraryThing. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Nettie Palmer Prize for Australian Nonfiction 1986". LibraryThing. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Gold – Non-Fiction 1986". Crime Readers Association. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  8. ^ "MEMBER (AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA pge 9" (PDF). Governor General Australia. Retrieved 10 January 2017.

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