Declared a National Living Treasure by the Australian Government, Thomas Keneally’s works include histories and novels. Best known in this country for his novel, Schindler’s Ark, his work has increasingly focused on history. His history of Irish convictism was a read-out of the problems of Ireland itself was entitled The Great Shame and was published in all the English language markets. The same was true of his later work, The Commonwealth of Thieves, which looked upon the penal origins of Australia in a way which sought to make the reader feel close to the experience of Aboriginals, convicts and officials. As a novelist, his better known works include Schindler’s Ark, Bring Larks and Heroes, The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith, Gossip from the Forest, Towards Asmara, and The People’s Train. He has won the Miles Franklin Award, The Booker Prize, the Los Angeles Book Prize, the Royal Society of Literature Prize, the Scripter Award of the University of Southern California, the Mondello International Prize, the Helmerich Prize (U.S.) He holds a number of national and international honorary doctorates and is particularly proud of the one awarded by the National University of Ireland. He has also been awarded the Gold Medal of the University of California. He has in recent years published Three Famines, a narrative history of famine, and his new novel, The Daughters of Mars have been published in Australia and the UK and will appear in the US in 2013. He has now published two volumes of A History of Australians. Thomas Keneally lives in Sydney with his wife.
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