The Irishman

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For the 1978 film, see The Irishman (film).
The Irishman
First edition
Author Elizabeth O'Conner
Country Australia
Language English
Publisher Angus and Robertson, Australia
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 318pp
Preceded by
Followed by Find a Woman

The Irishman (1960) is a Miles Franklin Award-winning novel by Australian author Elizabeth O'Conner.

Story outline[edit]

The novel follows the experiences of Paddy Doolan, an Irish horse wagoner and his son Michael in the Gulf Country of north-eastern Australia.[1] It is set in the early 1920s when horse-drawn transport was challenged by the advent of motor vehicles and aircraft—change which Doolan cannot accept.[2]

Film adaptation[edit]

In 1978, the book was adapted for the screen and directed by Donald Crombie in a film of the same name. The film featured Michael Craig, Simon Burke and Robyn Nevin in the lead roles.[3]


  1. ^ Middlemiss, Perry "The Irishman", 11 September 2001. Accessed 10 July 2015
  2. ^ Hill, Lisa "The Irishman, by Elizabeth O’Conner" at, 19 April 2012. Accessed 10 July 2015
  3. ^ Internet Movie DataBase - The Irishman (1978)
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
The Big Fellow
Miles Franklin Award recipient
Succeeded by
Riders in the Chariot