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              The Dickens Boy

              The Dickens Boy (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Keneally, Tom

              • RRP: $32.99
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              In this joyful novel, our narrator is Charles Dickens's tenth child, Edward Bulwer Lytton Dickens, known as Plorn. Sent, as his brother Alfred had been before him, at sixteen years of age, to Australia to learn to 'apply himself', we follow his early Australian adventures in outb...ack NSW learning to become a man from the most diverse and toughest of men. Part of Dickens' motivation was to separate these younger of his children from the Dickens family schism, where Charles had expelled his wife from the family home, keeping her sister Georgie there to run the household and taking up with the actress Ellen Tiernan. Plorn arrived in Melbourne in late 1868 carrying a terrible secret. He has never read a word of his father's work. After a very brief stopover he is sent out to become a gentleman stockman on a 2000 square mile station in remotest, semi-arid parts of NSW. Here he inevitably gets enmeshed in a tribe named the Paakintji and various other folk, colonists, colonial-born, ex-convicts, ex-soldiers, and very few women - though he is struck by each one he does encounter. Plorn did not expect he would encounter the same veneration of his father and familiarity with his work in Australia that was rampant in England. Against this backdrop, and featuring cricket tournaments, horse-racing, bushranging, sheep droving, shifty stock and station agents, frontier wars and first encounters with Australian women we follow Plorn, and sometimes his brother Alfred, through wonderful adventures as he works to apply himself. This is Tom Keneally in his most familiar terrain. Taking historical figures and events and reimagining them with verve, compassion and humour. It is a romp.
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              ISBN 9781760893194
              Published AU 31 Mar 2020
              Publisher Penguin
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              The Commonwealth Of Thieves

              The Commonwealth Of Thieves (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Keneally, Tom

              Decades of research has allowed Keneally to bring the first four years of the colony to life in extraordinary detail. Examines how a motley thief colony, exiled by England as incapable of civilised development not only survived but flourished into a sophisticated modern society.

              ISBN 9781741661217
              Published AU 1 Nov 2006
              Publisher Random House
              Interest Age 19+ years
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              Shame and the Captives

              Shame and the Captives (Hardback)

              By Keneally, Tom

              • RRP: $45.00
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              Will keeping the Japanese, Korean and Italian POWs of the Second World War alive in Australia keep Australian POWs alive and well wherever they are? Like The Daughters of Mars and all his best work, what this novel does so brilliantly is to explore the intimacies and extraordinar...y aspects of ordinary lives being played out against grand world events. And this time, the events take place on home turf. It is the lives of the farmers, townspeople and soldiers training and working for this cataclysmic international event that is taking place at a distance, that we explore. One of the extraordinary elements of Shame and the Captives is how the war has been brought into their neighbourhood and ordinary lives. This is not the Western Front but a NSW farming community having to deal with 'the enemy'. Many of the townspeople and soldiers have husbands, sons, brothers who are away at war, missing, imprisoned or perhaps dead. The moral quandary they have is deciding how to treat these POWs in their midst. Do they treat them with disdain, as the enemy? Or with respect and an element of care in the hope that their own loved ones on the other side of the world will be treated with the same care? Will keeping these POWs alive in Australia keep their own people alive over there? We also have a good dose of sexual tension and this time illicit love between Alice a young woman living a very dull life with her father-in-law on his farm as her husband of less than a year, Neville, fights the grand war, and Giancarlo, the Italian immigrant from the POW camp assigned to work on their farm. Giancarlo is bright and charming and gives an excellent insight into the other side of the war, a war he did not willingly participate in, nor support. Alice discovers the world is much larger and more complex than she had been given to understand. The machinations of life in the POW camp, the separate housing of Italians, Japanese and Koreans to accommodate all their different needs u including differ
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              ISBN 9780857980984
              Published AU 1 Nov 2013
              Publisher Random House
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              Jacko: The Great Intruder
               

              Jacko: The Great Intruder (Paperback)

              By Keneally, Tom

              • RRP: $17.99
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              Jacko Emptor, Northern Territory born, brings Australian wilderness to the television screens of America. Is American ready for him? Is he ready for America? Jacko, investigative reporter, exploits American innocence to break into living rooms and penetrate the heart's secrets. B...ut these secrets make their claim on him too, especially the secrets of Sunny Sondquist, a child-woman missing in the American heartland. Follow Jacko as he exposes evil, falls from grace and shows how television makes gods of some and fools of many.
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              ISBN 9781863303545
              Published AU 1 Aug 1994
              Publisher Random House
              Interest Age 16+ years
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              Shame and the Captives

              Shame and the Captives (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Keneally, Tom

              • RRP: $32.99
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              Will keeping the Japanese, Korean and Italian POWs of the Second World War alive in Australia keep Australian POWs alive and well wherever they are? Like The Daughters of Mars and all his best work, what this novel does so brilliantly is to explore the intimacies and extraordinar...y aspects of ordinary lives being played out against grand world events. And this time, the events take place on home turf. It is the lives of the farmers, townspeople and soldiers training and working for this cataclysmic international event that is taking place at a distance, that we explore. One of the extraordinary elements of Shame and the Captives is how the war has been brought into their neighbourhood and ordinary lives. This is not the Western Front but a NSW farming community having to deal with 'the enemy'. Many of the townspeople and soldiers have husbands, sons, brothers who are away at war, missing, imprisoned or perhaps dead. The moral quandary they have is deciding how to treat these POWs in their midst. Do they treat them with disdain, as the enemy? Or with respect and an element of care in the hope that their own loved ones on the other side of the world will be treated with the same care? Will keeping these POWs alive in Australia keep their own people alive over there? We also have a good dose of sexual tension and this time illicit love between Alice a young woman living a very dull life with her father-in-law on his farm as her husband of less than a year, Neville, fights the grand war, and Giancarlo, the Italian immigrant from the POW camp assigned to work on their farm. Giancarlo is bright and charming and gives an excellent insight into the other side of the war, a war he did not willingly participate in, nor support. Alice discovers the world is much larger and more complex than she had been given to understand. The machinations of life in the POW camp, the separate housing of Italians, Japanese and Koreans to accommodate all their different needs u including differ
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              ISBN 9780857980991
              Published AU 1 Nov 2013
              Publisher Random House
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              Three Famines

              Three Famines (Paperback, 2nd edition)

              By Keneally, Tom

              • RRP: $29.50
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              This is the story of three great famines. The first is an Gorta M r, the great hunger of Ireland, which began in 1846 and whose end-date is a matter of debate. The second is the less well-known but more deadly famine that struck Bengal in 1943. The third is the Ethiopian famine, ...which first sprung up in lethal form in the 1970s under Emperor Haile Selassie and then again under the brutal dictator Mengistu in the 1980s. Keneally himself visited Eritrea in 1984 to see the effects of this grave event. In those who suffered these famines; in those who denied their suffering; in those who propounded theories to excuse it; in those who - against the wishes of each government - told the world what was happening; and in those who tried to relieve it, there is a remarkable continuity of impulse and experience and dilemma. Though these famines are diverse, they are in many ways as similar as if they were related by DNA, or a malignant force of fallibility. Tom Keneally shares these three shocking histories with his customary penetrating wisdom, and he presents a controversial theory in his utterly compelling narrative: in all three famines, ideology, mindsets of governments, racial preconceptions and administrative incompetence were, ultimately, more lethal than the initiating blights, the loss of potatoes or rice or the grain named teff.
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              ISBN 9781741668568
              Published AU 1 Sep 2011
              Publisher Random House
              Interest Age 19+ years
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              An Angel In Australia

              An Angel In Australia (Paperback)

              By Keneally, Tom

              • RRP: $26.99
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              Sydney, 1942: the year of the fall of Singapore, the bombing of Darwin and the surprise attack on Sydney Harbour by Japanese midget submarines. Through the eyes of a naive young priest we see into the hearts of a people who fear the end of life as they know it. Shortlist Miles Fr...anklin Award 2003.
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              ISBN 9781864710618
              Published AU 1 Oct 2003
              Publisher Transworld Publishers
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              Bettany's Book
               

              Bettany's Book (Paperback)

              By Keneally, Tom

              • RRP: $26.99
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              Prim, an aid-worker in the Sudan, is contacted by her sister back in Australia. She has found some revealing documents concerning their ancestors. As Prim's travels progress, she realises that her life is paralleling the enthusiasms, loves and perilous paths taken by her Jewish g...reat-grandmother.
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              ISBN 9781864710045
              Published AU 4 Jan 2002
              Publisher Transworld Publishers
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              Searching For Schindler

              Searching For Schindler (Trade Paperback / Paperback, 2nd edition)

              By Keneally, Tom

              • RRP: $34.99
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              A memoir of Tom's journey around the world to discover the complete story of Oskar Schindler and that list.

              ISBN 9781741666151
              Published AU 1 Sep 2008
              Publisher Random House
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              The Soldier's Curse: Book One, The Monsarrat Series

              The Soldier's Curse: Book One, The Monsarrat Series (Paperback)

              By Keneally, Tom; Keneally, Meg

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              A fast-paced, witty and gripping historical crime series from Tom Keneally and his eldest daughter Meg. In the Port Macquarie penal settlement for second offenders gentleman convict Hugh Monsarrat hungers for freedom. Originally transported for forging documents passing himself o...ff as a lawyer, he is now the trusted clerk of the settlement's commandant. His position has certain advantages, such as being able to spend time in the Government House kitchen, being supplied with outstanding cups of tea by housekeeper Hannah Mulrooney, who, despite being illiterate, is his most intelligent companion. Not long after the commandant heads off in search of a rumoured river, his beautiful wife, Honora, falls ill with a sickness the doctor is unable to identify. When Honora dies, it becomes clear she has been slowly poisoned. Monsarrat and Mrs Mulrooney suspect the commandant's second-in-command, Captain Diamond, a cruel man who shares history with Honora. Then Diamond has Mrs Mulrooney arrested for the murder. Knowing his friend will hang if she is tried, Monsarrat knows he must find the real killer. And so begins The Monsarrat Series, a fast-paced, witty and gripping series from Tom Keneally and his eldest daughter, Meg.
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              ISBN 9780857989383
              Published AU 27 Feb 2017
              Publisher Random House
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