The Long Shadow (novel)

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The Long Shadow
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First edition
AuthorJon Cleary
CountryAustralia
LanguageEnglish
GenreThriller
PublisherInvincible Press
Publication date
1949

The Long Shadow is a 1949 novel from Australian author Jon Cleary. Cleary had just written his debut work, You Can't See 'Round Corners and was unsure what to do as a follow up. His editor Graham Greene suggested he try his hand at a thriller "because it will teach you the art of narrative and it will teach you the uses of brevity."[1]

Plot[edit]

The plot revolves around Martin Brown, an educated man who is living as a swagman. He is falsely accused of murder of a woman called Ruth Taylor, and is pursued through the Australian countryside by police and other men. He falls in love with a woman who believes his innocence.[2]

Reception[edit]

Reviews were not as strong as that for Cleary's first novel.[3][4]

Proposed film[edit]

In 1968 it was announced that a movie version was to be made starring Rod Taylor for Ajax Films from a script by James Workman but no film resulted.[5][6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jon Cleary interview, The Book Show - Radio National, 26 February 2006
  2. ^ "SOME NEW FICTION". The Examiner. Launceston, Tasmania. 7 January 1950. p. 12. Retrieved 6 March 2012 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ "New interpreters of Australasian scene". The Argus. Melbourne. 28 January 1950. p. 12. Retrieved 6 March 2012 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "SOME NEW FICTION". The Examiner. Launceston, Tasmania. 7 January 1950. p. 12. Retrieved 18 October 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ Jon Cleary Interviewed by Stephen Vagg: Oral History at National Film and Sound Archive
  6. ^ 'Rod Taylor weighs offers for 5 Pix in Native Land', Variety, 21 Nov 1968
  7. ^ "LEISURE THE ARTS US visitor sees big film future for us". The Canberra Times. 14 December 1967. p. 30. Retrieved 18 October 2015 – via National Library of Australia.

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