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'Both Australia and Arthur W. Upfield (1890-1964) matured together. At the start of the last century, Upfield emigrated to Australia as that nation was gaining independence and identity. The Gallipoli campaign changed both, and both spent the next decades in pursuit of identity, he wandering, Australia finding its own unique place among nations. Arthur W. Upfield lived a life many might envy: unsuccessful student, immigrant (1911), walker, horse breaker and camel driver, soldier, Bushman, fence rider, journalist, intelligence officer, explorer, novelist, swordfisherman, and creator of bi-racial Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte, "Bony", in novels rivaling the popularity of Sherlock Holmes.

Caught between two worlds, like his fictional character, Upfield was thoroughly English and yet also an Australian nationalist describing Outback Australia to the world through his part Aboriginal character. Famous novelists including Tony Hillerman and Stan Jones, to name only two, found a detective model in "Bony". Australia developed quickly after the Second World War, and Upfield, too, was successful after years of tea, chops and damper, chasing "rabbit, 'roo and dog".

As Australia developed, Upfield's Bush, his "Australia Proper", slowly succumbed to modernization. After the war, Upfield left the Bush to become a successful writer eventually to be published in a wide range of languages and selling books in the millions of copies. The biography relies on letters, papers, and public documents of the period, in Australia, England and America, many unexplored before now, in order to understand the story of his life and that of his true homeland, Australia' (Publisher's website).

Notes

  • Dedication: For Eric, in memory.
  • Epigraph: A Boy: every wind blew fair,/ A Youth: he mutinied,/ A Young Man: he wrecked the ship,/ Then he built another. - Arthur W. Upfield (From: Jessica Hawke, Follow My Dust!, 'Arthur W. Upfield: His Epitaph To Be')

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Works about this Work

Arthur W. Upfield Retrospective Carol Hetherington , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture , vol. 1 no. 2 2012; (p. 269-273)

— Review of The Bony Bulletin 1981-1990 periodical (3 issues); The Beach of Atonement Arthur W. Upfield , 1930 single work novel ; Arthur W. Upfield : Life and Times of Bony's Man A. J. Milnor , 2008 single work biography ; Up and Down Australia : Short Stories Arthur W. Upfield , 2008 selected work short story ; Up and Down Australia Again : More Short Stories Arthur W. Upfield , 2009 selected work short story ; Up and Down the Real Australia : Autobiographical Articles and The Murchison Murders Arthur W. Upfield , 2009 selected work autobiography non-fiction ; Gripped by Drought Arthur W. Upfield , 1932 single work novel ; Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte: His Life and Times Michael Duke , 2010 single work criticism ; When Bony Was There : A Chronology of the Life and Career of Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte Kees De Hoog , 2010 single work criticism ; A Royal Abduction Arthur W. Upfield , 1932 single work novel
Arthur W. Upfield Retrospective Carol Hetherington , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture , vol. 1 no. 2 2012; (p. 269-273)

— Review of The Bony Bulletin 1981-1990 periodical (3 issues); The Beach of Atonement Arthur W. Upfield , 1930 single work novel ; Arthur W. Upfield : Life and Times of Bony's Man A. J. Milnor , 2008 single work biography ; Up and Down Australia : Short Stories Arthur W. Upfield , 2008 selected work short story ; Up and Down Australia Again : More Short Stories Arthur W. Upfield , 2009 selected work short story ; Up and Down the Real Australia : Autobiographical Articles and The Murchison Murders Arthur W. Upfield , 2009 selected work autobiography non-fiction ; Gripped by Drought Arthur W. Upfield , 1932 single work novel ; Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte: His Life and Times Michael Duke , 2010 single work criticism ; When Bony Was There : A Chronology of the Life and Career of Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte Kees De Hoog , 2010 single work criticism ; A Royal Abduction Arthur W. Upfield , 1932 single work novel
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