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              Books by Tom Keneally

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              The Dickens Boy

              The Dickens Boy (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Keneally, Tom

              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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              Two Old Men Dying

              Two Old Men Dying (Paperback)

              By Keneally, Tom

              • RRP: $19.99
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              Learned Man is the child of humankind as we know it; of those who are thought to have travelled from the Rift Valley in Africa and to ancient Australia. Shelby Apple is an acclaimed documentary-maker. After making films about Learned Man's discovery, in Vietnam and back home in t...he Northern Territory, Shelby turns his sights on Eritrea. He thinks this embattled society might represent a new cognitive leap, one that will reconcile our tenderness and our savagery, our reason and our emotions. Shelby sees the world through the lens of his camera; Learned Man through the lens of his responsibility under law. Both men are well aware that their landscape comes to them from elders and ancestors. They are each willing to die and, in a sense, kill for their secret crafts. Two Old Men Dying is an exquisite exploration of community and country, love and mortality.
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              ISBN 9780143785422
              Published AU 20 Aug 2019
              Publisher Random House
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              Jacko
               

              Jacko (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 (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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              American Scoundrel

              American Scoundrel (Paperback)

              By Keneally, Tom

              • RRP: $26.99
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              On the last, cold Sunday of February 1859, Daniel Sickles shot his wife's lover in Lafayette Square, just across from the White House. This is the story of that murder and its repercussions; how Sickles literally got away with murder and went on to become a General in the Civil W...ar.
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              ISBN 9781740512190
              Published AU 1 Aug 2003
              Publisher Random House
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              Shame and the Captives

              Shame and the Captives (Paperback)

              By Keneally, Tom

              • RRP: $19.99
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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? In the spirit of The Daughters of Mars, Tom Keneally's new novel brilliantly explores the intimacies of ordinary lives being played... out against momentous world events. In Gawell, New South Wales, a prisoner-of-war camp to house European, Korean and Japanese captives is built close to a farming community. Alice is a young woman living a dull life with her father-in-law on his farm while her new husband first fights, then is taken prisoner, in Greece. When Giancarlo, an Italian POW and anarchist from Gawell's camp, is assigned to work on their farm, Alice's view of the world and her self-knowledge are dramatically expanded. But what most challenges Alice and the town is the foreignness of the Japanese compound and its culture, entirely perplexing to the inmates' captors. Driven by a desperate need to validate the funerals already held for them in Japan, the prisoners vote to take part in an outbreak, and the bloodshed and chaos this precipitates shatter the certainties and safeties of all who inhabit the region.
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              ISBN 9780857981004
              Published AU 3 Nov 2014
              Publisher Random House
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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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              Shame and the Captives

              Shame and the Captives (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Keneally, Tom

              • RRP: $32.99
              • $24.74
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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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              Napoleon's Last Island

              Napoleon's Last Island (Paperback)

              By Keneally, Tom

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              Whilst living in exile on St Helena, Napoleon exerted an extraordinary influence on young Betsy Balcombe. How did she get from Napoleon's side to the Australian bush? Betsy Balcombe as a young woman lived with her family on St Helena. They befriended, served and were ruined by th...eir relationship with Napoleon. To redeem the family's fortunes William Balcombe, Betsy's father, betrays Napoleon and accepts a job as the colonial treasurer of NSW, bringing his family with them. William never recovers from the ups and downs of association with Napoleon. His family however flourish in Australia and remain renowned pastoralists in Victoria. Tom Keneally, with his gift for bringing historical stories to life, shares this remarkable friendship and the beginning of an Australian dynasty.
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              ISBN 9780857984623
              Published AU 30 May 2016
              Publisher Random House
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