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Thomas Keneally

(Thomas Michael Keneally)
Australia (1935 - )

aka William Coyle

Thomas Keneally, of Irish extraction, was brought up in Australia and still lives in Sydney. His novels include The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Confederates (which first led him to study nineteenth century American history). Schindler's Ark was later turned into as remarkable a film by Steven Spielberg under the title Schindler's List.
Monsarrat (with Meg Keneally)
1. The Soldier's Curse (2017)
2. The Unmourned (2018)
Thomas Keneally recommends
Painted Woman (1989)
Sue Woolfe
"Engrossing... such robust, unpitying and honest writing about women, that it becomes writing for everyone."
The Second Prison (1991)
Ronan Bennett
"What people love most about this book is what they love about LeCarre and Greene."
The Seduction of Silence (2000)
Bem Le Hunte
"The Seduction of Silence... does make you wonder, as with Rushdie and Mistry and others, whether all good modern writing has an essential connection with the Indian sub-continent? This tale is ample and fascinating."
The Kaiser's Last Kiss (2003)
Alan Judd
"History is a tease and a provocation to good storytelling and mythmaking, and The Kaiser’s Last Kiss, with both its historicities and inventions, celebrates that fact."
Carpentaria (2006)
Alexis Wright
"An Australia masterwork, one of those books which re-make a world anew... it will attract and excite readers the world over."
Sashenka (2008)
(Moscow Trilogy, book 1)
Simon Sebag Montefiore
"A furiously readable novel - it's hard to put SASHENKA down. SASHENKA is a brilliantly-plotted novel which brings home with unique intimacy the joys and hopes of Russian families, the Revolution, the horror of the Thirties - and a new generation's penetration of KGB files...."
Rockin' the Bronx (2010)
Larry Kirwan
"Larry Kirwan writes with all the charm of his music. This is Angela's Ashes for a new generation."

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