John Clanchy

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John Clanchy
Born (1943-01-08) 8 January 1943 (age 76)
EducationCritical and Creative Writing
GenreFictional prose
Notable awardsQueensland Premier's Literary Awards (2005)
Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Book of the Year (2005)

John Clanchy (born 8 January 1943) is an Australian novelist and short story writer.


Clanchy was born in Melbourne. He currently lives in Canberra.


Clanchy is the author of several novels and many short stories. He has also co-authored two detective thrillers If God Sleeps and And Hope to Die with Mark Henshaw[1] using the pseudonym JM Calder. Both have also been published in French and German.

His fiction has won major awards in Europe, the US, New Zealand and Australia, including the Queensland Premier’s Award for short fiction and, on two occasions, the ACT Book of the Year.[2]

Clanchy is "widely acknowledged as a master of the short literary form."[3]



  • Lie of the Land (1985)
  • Homecoming (1998)
  • Breaking Glass (1992)
  • Hard Word (2002)
  • Lessons from the Heart (2003)
  • Sisters (2017, La Muse Books)

As JM Calder[edit]

  • If God sleeps
  • And Hope to Die

Short stories[edit]

  • Vincenzo’s Garden (Short stories, 2005)
  • His Father's Daughter (short stories, 2008)
  • Six (short stories, 2014, Finlay Lloyd)



  1. ^ "John Clanchy". UQP Authors. UQP. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Home Page of Author's official website".
  3. ^ Featherstone, Nigel. "Author John Clanchy reveals why he wrote Six". The Sydney Morning Herald.

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External links[edit]

  1. ^ Featherstone, Nigel (14 July 2014). "Author John Clanchy reveals why he wrote Six". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  2. ^ Pryor, Sally (19 July 2014). "Author John Clanchy's search for a publisher proved to be short and sweet".
  3. ^ "Interview". Verity La - online journal.
  4. ^ "Review of "Six"". Australian Book Review.
  5. ^ "Review of "Six"". Whispering Gums.