Just Let Me Be

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Just Let Me Be
AuthorJon Cleary
CountryAustralia
LanguageEnglish
Genrecrime
PublisherWener Laurie
Publication date
1950

Just Let Me Be is a 1950 novel from Australian author Jon Cleary. It was his third published full-length novel.[1][2]

Plot[edit]

Joe Brennan, an ex-serviceman, returns home to Coogee after World War II. He gets a job as a milkman and intends to make enough money to marry his girlfriend Connie. He accidentally kills a man while defending local gangster Bill Pepper and is persuaded to hide the body.[3]

Awards[edit]

The novel won the 1950 Australian Literature Society Gold Medal.[4]

Adaptations[edit]

The novel was adapted for British TV in 1957.

Republication[edit]

It was later republished in 1990 under the title You, the Jury.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BOOK REVIEWS---". The News. Adelaide. 14 July 1950. p. 10. Retrieved 18 October 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ "Younger novelists merit more attention". The Argus. Melbourne. 18 November 1950. p. 10. Retrieved 18 October 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ "Violence Breaks Out At Coogee". The Sydney Morning Herald. 3 February 1951. p. 10. Retrieved 6 March 2012 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ The Cambridge Companion to Australian Literature p129
  5. ^ "Boom under way in crime writing". The Canberra Times. 25 March 1990. p. 26. Retrieved 18 October 2015 – via National Library of Australia.

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