Strike Me Lucky (novel)
Strike Me Lucky is a 1959 novel written by Jon Cleary in collaboration with his wife Joy. The plot concerns an Australian family who discover gold and the effect this has on their small town.
Cleary originally wrote it as a short story for the Saturday Evening Post. Later while the Clearys were living in Spain, Joy was at a loose end and decided to adapt the story into a novel, which Jon then rewrote. It was published under her name and enjoyed minor success.
Marlon Brando optioned the film rights for his production company Pennebaker, intending to make it as a co-production in England, but no movie was made. However Jon Cleary did later adapt it into a play in 1969.
- "JOY CLEARY: She's happy to let Jon be the author". The Australian Women's Weekly. National Library of Australia. 20 September 1961. p. 9. Retrieved 28 February 2012.
- 'Noted on the local scene' New York Times 24 Sept 1961 pp. X11
- Jon Cleary Interviewed by Stephen Vagg: Oral History at National Film and Sound Archive
- ""I'm disenchanted with Sydney...but it's home"". The Australian Women's Weekly. National Library of Australia. 30 July 1969. p. 13. Retrieved 28 February 2012.