Reading Australia presents this Thomas Keneally podcast, with permission from The Garret Podcast.
Thomas Keneally is a legend of the Australian literary scene. He is a novelist, playwright and essayist, and a force to be reckoned with.
He won the Booker Prize in 1982 for Schindler’s Ark (which was made into Schindler’s List by Steven Spielberg), and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize on three other occasions for The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Gossip from the Forest, and Confederates.
He has been awarded received Australia’s most prestigious literary prize, the Miles Franklin Literary Award, twice for Bring Larks and Heroes (1967) and Three Cheers For The Paraclete (1968). In addition, An Angel in Australia (2003) was shortlisted and The Widow and Her Hero (2008), The People’s Train (2010) and The Daughters of Mars (2013) were longlisted for the Miles Franklin.
Tom’s non-fiction includes the memoir Searching For Schindler: A Memoir and Three Famines (an LA Times Book of the Year), as well as the histories The Commonwealth Of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia, The Great Shame: An the Triumph of the Irish in the English-speaking World and American Scoundrel: The Life of the Notorious Civil War General Dan Sickles.
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