Careful, He Might Hear You (novel)

Careful, He Might Hear You is a Miles Franklin Award-winning novel by Australian author Sumner Locke Elliott. It was published in 1963.

Careful, He Might Hear You
First US edition
AuthorSumner Locke Elliott
PublisherHarper and Row, USA
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)

The 1983 film Careful, He Might Hear You was based on the novel.


Careful, He Might Hear You is based on the author's childhood. The secure world of an orphan living with his working-class aunt and uncle is changed forever with the arrival of another aunt from London who wishes to raise him as her child.


Along with the 1983 film, a Musical production was performed in Canberra, Australia in 1999 by Supa Productions. The stage production was developed by David Sale (Book and Lyrics) and Ron Creager (music) and starred Toni Lamond (as Lila Baines), Jayden Cooke and Jordan Prosser (as PS) and Bronwyn Sullivan (as Vanessa Scott).


  • Elliott, Sumner Locke. "Careful, He Might Hear You". 1963, Houston. (ISBN, 1921922249, 9781921922244)

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
The Well Dressed Explorer
The Cupboard Under the Stairs
Miles Franklin Award recipient
Succeeded by
My Brother Jack