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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
              Interest Age General Audience
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              The People's Train

              The People's Train (Paperback, 3rd edition)

              By Keneally, Tom

              • RRP: $27.50
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              Artem Samsurov, a charismatic protege of Lenin and an ardent socialist, reaches sanctuary in Australia after escaping his Siberian labour camp and making a long, perilous journey via Japan. But Brisbane in 1911 turns out not to be quite the workers' paradise he was expecting, or ...the bickering local Russian emigres a model of brotherhood.
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              ISBN 9781741667455
              Published AU 1 Jul 2010
              Publisher Random House
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              The Commonwealth Of Thieves

              The Commonwealth Of Thieves (Paperback)

              By Keneally, Tom

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              A brilliant recreation of the first four years of white settlement in Australia by Booker Prize-winning author Tom Keneally.In 1787, Britain banished its unwanted citizens - uneducated petty thieves, streetwalkers, orphan chimneysweeps and dashing highwaymen - to the fringes of t...he known world. So remote was Botany Bay - the destination to which the overcrowded, disease-ridden convict ships were bound - that only one European expedition had ever before anchored there. Yet the rejects of Britain, accompanied only by a flimsy complement of soldiers, marines and officers, were expected to start a settlement and flourish. It was an audacious social experiment, unparalleled before or since. To the indigenous inhabitants, the white men came as ghosts through cracks in the cosmos, rudely seizing the bounty of land and sea. On the swampy shores of Botany Bay, and by the sandstone coves of Sydney Harbour, the clash of civilisations was ineviteable, intense and often tragic. From this improbable beginning, through famine, drought, escapes and floggings, the glory of modern Sydney was born. Britain's penal experiment succeeded against all odds. Impeccably researched and told in the inimitable Keneally style, The Commonwealth of Thieves is the compelling tale of a nation's beginning, its unforgettable people and their quest for identity.
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              ISBN 9780143790839
              Published AU 19 Mar 2018
              Publisher Penguin
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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

              • RRP: $22.99
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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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              Two Old Men Dying

              Two Old Men Dying (Paperback)

              By Keneally, Tom

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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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              American Scoundrel

              American Scoundrel (Paperback)

              By Keneally, Tom

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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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              An Angel In Australia

              An Angel In Australia (Paperback)

              By Keneally, Tom

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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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              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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              Searching For Schindler

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

              By Keneally, Tom

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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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              Bettany's Book
               

              Bettany's Book (Paperback)

              By Keneally, Tom

              • RRP: $27.50
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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
              Interest Age General Audience
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