Upfield’s books enjoyed considerable international success at the time.
The Bony books, dealing with a half-Aboriginal detective, might not satisfy modern standards of political correctness although in fact there’s nothing even remotely racist about them. On the other hand Upfield carefully refrained from the modern practice of lecturing his readers.
|James Laurenson as Boney in the TV series|
The TV series caused some minor angst because a white New Zealander, James Laurenson, was cast in the title role. In fact the producers tried to find a suitable half-Aboriginal actor but without success.
I’ve just posted a review of one of the more celebrated Bony mysteries, Wings Above the Diamantina, at my Vintage Pop Fictions blog. Here’s the link.
Both the novels and the TV series are a great deal of fun.
As for Nevil Shute, I think No Highway is an absolutely superb novel. I think I read most of his books years ago.