"Morris Langlo West" Officer of the Order of Australia/AO was an Australian novelist and playwright, best known for his novels The Devil's Advocate (West novel)/The Devil's Advocate (1959), The Shoes of the Fisherman (novel)/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. One of his best known works, The Shoes of the Fisherman (1963), described the election and career of a Slav as Pope, 15 years before the historic election of Karol Wojty?a as Pope John Paul II. The sequel, The Clowns of God, described a successor Pope, who resigned the papacy to live in seclusion.

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