Thomas Keneally was born in 1935 and, as well as writing many novels, has shown an increasing interest in producing histories. His history of Irish convictism 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 that sought to make the reader feel close to the experience of individual Aboriginals, convicts and officials. His novels include The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Schindler's Ark, The Daughters of Mars, Shame and the Captives and his most recent work, Crimes of the Father. He has the 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. He lives in Sydney with his wife, Judy, and is a fierce supporter of the Manly-Warringah Rugby League team.
"Giving us what Australian history has desperately needed for years." --Canberra Times
"Keneally evokes these distant lives with concrete detail and vivid sympathy . . . his people inhabit the same world we do-we meet them without the hesitation of reaching across voids of space and time." --Sydney Morning Herald
"The story of Australia and the Australians could be in no better hands than Keneally's." --West Australian