Daniel Carney

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Daniel Carney
Born (1944-08-08)August 8, 1944
Beirut, Lebanon
Died January 6, 1987(1987-01-06) (aged 42)
Harare, Zimbabwe
Occupation Fiction writer
Nationality Rhodesian
Period 1969–1985
Notable works The Wild Geese (1977)
Relatives Erin Pizzey (sister)

Daniel Carney (1944–1987) was a Rhodesian novelist.[1] Three of his novels have been made into films. He was a brother of Erin Pizzey, also a writer.[2]


Daniel Carney was born in Beirut in 1944, a son of British diplomat.[3] In 1963, he settled in Southern Rhodesia (soon to be renamed Rhodesia) and joined the British South Africa Police (BSAP), where he served for three and a half years. In 1968, he co-founded the estate agents Fox and Carney in Salisbury, Rhodesia. He died of cancer in 1987.[4]

After his death, ownership rights of his novels and the films based on them passed to his family.[citation needed] They have consistently withheld permission to reproduce Daniel's novels, and have opposed re-release or sales of the movies based on the novels.[citation needed] In 2005, Tango Entertainment released a 30th anniversary edition of The Wild Geese (1978). The film had been hampered by the collapse of its American distributor, Allied Artists. As a result, the film was only partially distributed in the United States, where it was a box office disappointment, despite being the fourteenth-highest-grossing film, worldwide, of 1978.[citation needed]

Published works

  • The Whispering Death (1969). ISBN 0-552-11353-0., set in Rhodesia, was adapted as a 1976 movie titled Whispering Death, a.k.a. Night of the Askaris, Death in the Sun, and Albino.[5]
  • The Wild Geese (1977). ISBN 0-552-10869-3. (originally titled The Thin White Line), set in a fictitious African country, was adapted as the film The Wild Geese (1978), with a screenplay by Reginald Rose (author of 12 Angry Men).[6]
  • Under a Raging Sky (1980)., is set in Rhodesia. Its film rights were optioned by Euan Lloyd, producer of The Wild Geese and Wild Geese II, but the project was not filmed.[7]
  • The Square Circle (1982). ISBN 0-553-25380-8., set in Germany and republished as The Wild Geese II and The Return of the Wild Geese, was adapted as a movie titled Wild Geese II (1985).[8]
  • Macau (1985). ISBN 0-917657-10-1. is set in Macau.


  1. ^ "Writer Carney Dead at Age 42", Reading Eagle, 1987-01-09, retrieved 2010-01-06
  2. ^ "We gave women back a sense of self". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Daniel Carney". Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  4. ^ OBITUARY Moncur, Andrew. The Guardian (1959–2003) [London (UK)] 10 Jan 1987: 32.
  5. ^ "The Night of the Askari". IMDb. 1 February 1978. Retrieved 6 September 2016 – via IMDb.
  6. ^ "The Wild Geese". IMDb. 11 November 1978. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  7. ^ "The Euan Lloyd Interview Part 1". Cinema Retro.
  8. ^ "Wild Geese II". IMDb. 18 October 1985. Retrieved 6 September 2016.

External links

  • Daniel Carney on IMDb
  • Photo of Carney's grave in Zimbabwe
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