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Morris West

Born Morris Langlo West
(1916-04-26)26 April 1916
St Kilda, Victoria, Australia
Died 9 October 1999(1999-10-09) (aged 83)
Clareville, New South Wales, Australia
Pen name Michael East, Julian Morris
Occupation Writer
Nationality Australian
Period 20th century
Genre Literary fiction
Notable works The Shoes of the Fisherman, The Devil's Advocate
Notable awards James Tait Black Memorial prize 1959

Morris Langlo West AO (26 April 1916 – 9 October 1999) was an Australian novelist and playwright, best known for his novels The Devil's Advocate (1959), The Shoes of the Fisherman (1963) and The Clowns of God (1981). His books were published in 27 languages and sold more than 60 million copies worldwide. Each new book he wrote after he became an established writer sold more than one million copies.

West's works were often focused on international politics and the role of the Roman Catholic Church in international affairs. In The Shoes of the Fisherman he described the election and career of a Slav as Pope, 15 years before the historic election of Karol Wojtyła as Pope John Paul II. The sequel, The Clowns of God, described a successor Pope who resigned the papacy to live in seclusion, 32 years before the abdication of Pope Benedict XVI in 2013.

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