The Great Shame
In the 19th century the Irish population was halved. This masterly book traces the three causes of this depletion; first the manine, second the Irish diaspora and the emigrations to places such as America and Canada and thridly the transportations of political activists to Australia. It is a quest for Keneally's Irish ancestors. Based on unique research among little-used sources, the characters and their stories come brilliantly to life; this is an important book in which the main political themes are fascinatingly explored. It also contains a remarkable collection of photographs and documents.
- Paperback | 784 pages
- 130 x 194 x 46mm | 521.64g
- 07 Oct 1999
- Vintage Publishing
- London, United Kingdom
- illustrations facsimiles, maps, portraits
"Keneally's history of Irish emigration is a lucid, elegant and ambitious book with an epic narrative sweep"
"Keneally's history of Irish emigration is a lucid, elegant and ambitious book with an epic narrative sweep" * Observer *
About Thomas Keneally
Thomas Keneally won the Booker Prize in 1982 with Schindler's Ark, since made into the internationally acclaimed film Schindler's List by Steven Speilberg. His works of non-fiction include The Place Where Souls Are Born, about the American South West, his memoir Homebush Boy, and, most recently, The Commonwealth of Thieves. His twenty-three works of fiction include The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Gossip from the Forest and Confederates, each of which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Thomas Keneally is married with two daughters and lives most of the year in Sydney.