Australians: v. 2: Eureka to the DiggersHardback
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- Publisher: Allen & Unwin
- Format: Hardback | 464 pages
- Dimensions: 183mm x 249mm x 38mm | 1,202g
- Publication date: 1 May 2012
- Publication City/Country: St Leonards
- ISBN 10: 1742374484
- ISBN 13: 9781742374482
- Edition: 2
- Illustrations note: Illustrations (some col.), facsims, ports.
- Sales rank: 36,566
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.
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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 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, 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 Number 1 ticket-holder of the Manly-Warringah Rugby League team.
'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