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John O'Grady (writer)

John O'Grady
BornJohn Patrick O'Grady
(1907-10-09)9 October 1907
Waverley, New South Wales, Australia
Died14 January 1981(1981-01-14) (aged 73)[1]
Oatley, New South Wales, Australia
Pen nameNino Culotta
OccupationNovelist, poet
Notable worksThey're a Weird Mob
The Integrated Adjective
RelativesFrank O'Grady (brother)

John Patrick O'Grady, (9 October 1907 – 14 January 1981) was an Australian writer. His works include the comic novel They're a Weird Mob (1957) using the pen name Nino Culotta and the poem The Integrated Adjective, sometimes known as Tumba-bloody-rumba. Born to John Edward O'Grady and Margaret Gleeson.


O'Grady chose to write under a variety of pseudonyms, most famously as Nino Culotta for his books They're a Weird Mob, Cop This Lot, Gone Fishin ', and Gone Gougin' . Other examples include No Kava For Johnny, which is published under O'Grady's name, but contains a preface from the author claiming that the book had in fact been written by the eponymous character, Johnny.


O'Grady's numerous works were originally published in hardback by Ure Smith with comic illustrations; many have frequently been re-issued by other publishing houses, generally facsimile editions in paperback.

  • They're a Weird Mob (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1957) and its sequels,
    • Cop This Lot (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1960)
    • Gone Fishin' (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1962)
    • Gone Gougin' (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1975)
  • No Kava for Johnny (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1961) illustrated by 'wep'
  • The Things They Do To You (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1963) illustrated by 'wep'
  • Aussie English: An Explanation of the Australian Idiom (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1965)
  • Ladies and Gentlemen (with Douglass Baglin) (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1966)
  • Gone Troppo (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1968)
  • O'Grady Sez (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1969)
  • So Sue Me! (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1970)
  • Are You Irish or Normal? (as by Sean O'Grada) (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1970)
  • Aussie Etiket; or, Doing Things the Aussie Way (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1971)
  • It's Your Shout, Mate!: Aussie pubs and Aussie beers (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1972)
  • Smoky Joe the Fish-eater (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1972)
  • Survival in the Doghouse (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1973)
  • Now Listen, Mate! [re-issue of So sue me!] (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1974)
  • There Was A Kid: An Autobiography, Part One (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1977)
  • Down Under To Up Over (with Molly O'Grady) (Sydney: Lansdowne Press, 1980)

Aussie Etiket was translated into Japanese as Ōsutoraria-ryū Echiketto: Oretachi Dattara Kōsuru Ne (Tōkyō : Kindai Bungeisha, 1993)

A collection of the papers of O'Grady, ranging from 1942 to 1986, are available in manuscript form at the National Library of Australia, Canberra.[2]


O'Grady's son, John O'Grady, Jnr, was at one point the head of situation comedy at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation[3] and winner of the 1987 Television Drama Award for ABC TV series Mother and Son presented by the Australian Human Rights Commission.[4] O'Grady's brother, Frank, was also an author and published The Golden Valley (1955), Goonoo Goonoo (1956) and Hanging Rock (1957); all published by Cassell. While John O'Grady's novels were light satirical works, Frank O'Grady wrote pioneering sagas set in western New South Wales.[5]

See also


  1. ^ "John O'Grady dies, 73". The Canberra Times. 55 (16, 547). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 15 January 1981. p. 16 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ "Papers of John O'Grady (1907–1981)". Manuscripts (8046). National Library of Australia. 6 December 2007. Retrieved 11 August 2007.
  3. ^ Tynan, Jacinta (13 September 2008). "Weird how my rello won his fame". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  4. ^ "1987 Human Rights Medal and awards winners". Human Rights Medal and Awards. Australian Human Rights Commission. 1987. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  5. ^ Carter, David (1 October 2004). "O'Grady, John see 'Culotta, Nino': popular authorship, duplicity and celebrity". Australian Literary Studies. 21 (4): 56–73. doi:10.20314/als.53ea8f2166.

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