Author visit @ Nowra Library: Thomas Keneally

Shoalhaven Libraries and Dean Swift Book Store present author Thomas Kenneally speaking about his new book, The Daughters of Mars, in which the inveterate storyteller turns his attention to The Great War. Nurses, rather than soldiers are his focus and in his hands the day-to-day life of a nurse on the frontline comes alive in glorious colour. Hitherto litte known facets of their lives are brought expertly into our collective consciousness.

As with Tom Keneally’s previous works, his research is meticulous and here the journals of Australian nursing sisters have provided inspiration for his fiction. The Daughter of Mars is destined to reign alongside other WW1 works and shows clearlywhy Tom Keneally is the master of Australian fiction.

Thomas Keneally won the Booker Prize in 1982 with Schindler’s Ark, later made into the Academy Award-winning film Schindler’s List by Steven Spielberg.

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 TheWidow and Her Hero (shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award), An Angel in Australia and Bettany’s Book. His novels The Chant of Jimmy 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 long listed for theMiles Franklin Award and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize, South East Asia division.

Saturday 30th June at 12pm at Nowra Library

 $2.00 entry with proceeds going to charity

Tom is happy to sign his books that will be available for purchase at $32.99

 BOOK NOW on 4429 3710 or email

Sharpe@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au

 

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