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West, Morris, 1916–, Australian novelist, b. Melbourne. West's novels often reveal his interest in both Roman Catholicism and international politics, as reflected in his best-selling novel, The Shoes of the Fisherman (1963), which concerns a Soviet cardinal who is named pope during an international crisis. His other novels include The Devil's Advocate (1959), Harlequin (1974), The Clowns of God (1981), The World Is Made of Glass (1983), and Cassidy (1986).