Bestselling author Thomas Keneally brings to life the vast range of characters who have formed our national story, in the second volume of a unique history of Australia.
Thomas Keneally is the author of the history of Irish convictism, titled The Great Shame. His later work, The Commonwealth of Thieves, looked upon the penal origins of Australia in a way which sought to make the reader feel close to the experience of individual Aboriginals, convicts and officials. His novels include Bring Larks and Heroes, The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith, Gossip from the Forest, Schindler's Ark and The People's Train. He has the won the Miles Franklin Award, the Booker Prize, the Los Angeles Book Prize, the Royal Society of Literature Prize, and the Scripter Award of the University of Southern California.
'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