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Suzanne Leal in conversation with Guest of Honour Tom Keneally

Suzanne Leal interviews multi award winning Thomas Keneally on the inspiration behind his 2022 ARA Historical Prize winning Corporal Hitler’s Pistol, a novel that weaves together the traumas of WW1, the Irish Civil War, and 1930s small town prejudices. His new book, Fanatic Heart also explores Irish rebellion in a retelling of the life and exploits of patriot John Mitchel.

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About Tom Kenneally

Tom Keneally won the Booker Prize in 1982 with Schindler’s Ark, later made into the Steven Spielberg Academy Award-winning film Schindler’s List. His non-fiction includes the memoir Searching for Schindler and Three Famines, an LA Times Book of the Year, and the histories The Commonwealth of Thieves, The Great Shame and American Scoundrel. His fiction includes Shame and the Captives, The Daughters of Mars, The Widow and Her Hero (shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award), An Angel in Australia and Bettany’s Book. His novels The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Gossip from the Forest, and Confederates were all shortlisted for the Booker Prize, while Bring Larks and Heroes and Three Cheers for the Paraclete won the Miles Franklin Award. The People’s Train was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize, South East Asia division. Tom won the 2022 ARA Historical Novel Prize for Corporal Hitler’s Pistol.

About Suzanne Leal

Suzanne Leal’s debut novel for middle-grade readers, Running with Ivan, is a time travel adventure inspired by true events in wartime Europe. An experienced facilitator and host at community, corporate and literary events, Suzanne is the founder of Thursday Book Club, a relaxed, friendly book club connecting readers online. Suzanne’s newly released novel for adult readers is The Watchful Wife.





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