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Thomas Keneally

(Thomas Michael Keneally)
Australia (b.1935)

aka William Coyle, Meg and Tom Keneally

Thomas Keneally began his writing career in 1964 and has published thirty novels since. They include Schindler's Ark, which won the Booker Prize in 1982 and was subsequently made into the film Schindler's List, and The Chant Of Jimmie Blacksmith, Confederates and Gossip From The Forest, each of which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His most recent novels are The Daughters Of Mars, which was shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize in 2013, Shame and the Captives and Napoleon's Last Island. He has also written several works of non-fiction, including his memoir Homebush Boy, Searching for Schindler and Australians. He is married with two daughters and lives in Sydney.

Genres: Historical, Literary Fiction

Series contributed to
Non fiction
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Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (1972) : The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (1975) : Gossip from the Forest
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (1979) : Confederates
Booker Prize Best Novel winner (1982) : Schindler's Ark
Walter Scott Prize Best Historical Novel nominee (2013) : The Daughters of Mars

Thomas Keneally recommends
The Second Prison (1991)
Ronan Bennett
"What people love most about this book is what they love about LeCarre and Greene."
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."
A Theatre for Dreamers (2020)
Polly Samson
"It is a grand read and the prose falls translucently like the air ... Superb work and a delightful novel."
The Dictionary of Lost Words (2020)
Pip Williams
"What a novel of words, their adventure, and their capacity to define and, above all, challenge the world. There will not be this year a more original novel published. I just know it."
An Unlikely Spy (2021)
Rebecca Starford
"Rebecca Starford seems to be the inheritor of the cool, narrative elegance of Graham Greene and John le Carré. Her building of the tale to reach the critical moral apogee of this book seems effortless, and she has found a fascinating and unexpected World War II corner of espionage and intelligence to exploit for a plot that runs like milk and honey."

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