Tom Keneally

Tom Keneally won the Booker Prize in 1982 with Schindler's Ark, later made into the Steven Spielberg Academy Award-winning film Schindler's List. His non-fiction includes the memoir Searching For Schindler and Three Famines, an LA Times Book of the Year, and the histories The Commonwealth Of Thieves, The Great Shame and American Scoundrel. His fiction includes Shame and the Captives, The Daughters Of Mars, The Widow And Her Hero (shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Award), An Angel In Australia and Bettany's Book. His novels The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Gossip from the Forest, and Confederates were all shortlisted for the Booker Prize, while Bring Larks and Heroes and Three Cheers For The Paraclete won the Miles Franklin Award. The People's Train was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize, South East Asia division.

Author Lives In: Manly, NSW

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While 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? On a visit to the National Gallery of Victoria, Tom Keneally discovered that Betsy Balcombe, a young girl living on St Helena while the Emperor Napoleon was living there in exile, had become Napoleon's ‘intimate friend and annoyer', and had later emigrated with her family to Australia. Keneally was compelled to begin this extraordinary novel, exploring the intersection between the ordinary people of the world and those we deem exceptional.

Books by Tom Keneally