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John Bryson John Bryson i(A27720 works by) (a.k.a. John Noel Bryson)
Born: Established: 25 Dec 1935 Melbourne, Victoria, ; Died: Ceased: 5 Feb 2022 Sydney, New South Wales,
Gender: Male
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Educated at the University of Melbourne, Bryson studied law, which he practised, first as a solicitor and later as a barrister, for ten years. He left the profession in 1971 for a business role, but rejoined the bar in 1978.

Bryson began publishing fiction in the early 1970s, in Australian newspapers and periodicals. He has also published collections of short stories and non-fiction. His best-known work, however, remains the non-fiction Evil Angels, an account of the trials (including the trial of public speculation) of Lindy Chamberlain for the death of her daughter Azaria, taken by a dingo at Uluru in 1980. The book formed the basis of Fred Schepisi's film of the same name, released in 1988.

In 2014, many of Bryson's works became available in ebook form, including collections of short stories and journalism.

Most Referenced Works


  • Bryson has also wrote study guides on school English texts.

  • In addition to works individually indexed on AustLit, Bryson wrote a number of non-fiction works that fall outside AustLit's scope, including history / political science such as A Long Weekend in Belfast; In Rage, Rebellion; Islanders, Far South; The Personality of War; and Three Revolutions in the Equatorial Americas. He was also the author of SBS TV's Secrets of the Jury Room, a dramatised criminal court case designed to demonstrate how juries work.

Personal Awards

2014 recipient Order of Australia Member of the Order of Australia (AM) For significant service to Australian literature, particularly as an author, through contributions to Indigenous youth, and to the community.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Evil Angels Ringwood : Viking , 1985 Z809307 1985 single work non-fiction (taught in 1 units)

Non-fiction account of the prosecution of Michael and Lindy Chamberlain for the alleged murder of their daughter Azaria at Uluru in 1980.

1986 winner Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Award for Non-Fiction
1986 winner Crime Writers' Association (UK) The CWA Gold Dagger Non-fiction
y separately published work icon Whoring Around Ringwood : Penguin , 1981 Z399025 1981 selected work short story
1979 winner Patricia Hackett Prize (for "The routine")
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