Thomas Keneally is a prolific author of fiction and nonfiction. Many of his books are worldwide bestsellers and he has won many awards. He won the Booker Prize for Schindler’s Ark, which was later made into the Oscar-winner film Schindler’s List by Steven Spielberg. His new book, The Daughters of Mars, offers a fresh focus on the First World War, from the Red Cross-ships in Egypt and the horrors of Gallipoli, to the makeshift operating theatres of the Western Front. Inspired by journals of Australian nurses from the war, Keneally once again examines the roles ordinary people take in momentous events, taking the reader to the heart of war via a fresh female perspective in a searing and profoundly moving tale as it pays tribute to the men and women who voluntarily risked their lives for peace.
Thomas Keneally began his writing career in 1964 and has published 25 novels since. He has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize four times and won it with Schindler’s Ark in 1982. His novels have been filmed (Schindler’s List and The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith) and dramatised (The Playmaker). He has also written several works of nonfiction, including his boyhood memoir Homebush Boy, The Commonwealth of Thieves and Australians.
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