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The People's Train

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By (author) Thomas Keneally

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  • Publisher: Sceptre
  • Format: Paperback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 131mm x 197mm x 27mm | 328g
  • Publication date: 13 May 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0340951869
  • ISBN 13: 9780340951866
  • Sales rank: 127,436

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After a long, dangerous escape from Tsarist Russia, Artem Samsurov might have reached sanctuary in Brisbane, Australia, but that doesn't stop him trying to create a socialist paradise with his fellow emigres and workmates. And despite getting entangled with an attractive female lawyer, then charged with the murder of an informer, he never loses hope that one day the revolution will come. But when he returns to Russia in 1917 to fight alongside his comrades, he cannot know whether it will succeed, or at what cost. In this enthralling novel, Thomas Keneally brings to life a seismic episode in world history from an unusual, intimate perspective. Basing his story on a real figure, he captures what it was like moment by dramatic moment for the men and women caught up in the maelstrom, and explores the passions, ideals and terrible compromises that fuelled it.

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Thomas Keneally began his writing career in 1964 and has published thirty novels since. They include Schindler's Ark, which won the Booker Prize in 1982 and was subsequently made into the film Schindler's List, and The Chant Of Jimmie Blacksmith, Confederates and Gossip From The Forest, each of which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His most recent novels are The Daughters Of Mars, which was shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize in 2013, and Shame and the Captives. He has also written several works of non-fiction, including his memoir Homebush Boy, Searching for Schindler and Australians. He is married with two daughters and lives in Sydney.

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Thomas Keneally is one of the historical novel's most expert practitioners, and his new book sees him back on the form that produced SCHINDLER'S ARK Giles Foden, Guardian Reading at times like a cross between Peter Carey and Tom Rob Smith's Child 44, Keneally has delivered a broad-ranging piece of historical fiction that approaches his best. Given that his best is the 1982 Booker-winning SCHINDLER'S ARK, that is high praise indeed. Robert Epstein, Independent on Sunday Effortlessly captures the mindset of a young man convinced that the day is coming with the workers will rise...This impassioned idealism stands starkly at odds with our own knowledge of where the revolution lead - a contrast that lends the novel a queasy power. Edward McGown, Daily Telegraph Uncommonly good Allan Massie, Scotsman Thomas Keneally's impersonation of translated prose, artfully achieved, is studded with strange poeticisms...a sturdy achievement, expertly constructed and paced...One of its major pleasures is to be found in the way in which the author has braided together the factual and the invented. Jonathan Barnes, Literary Review