Thomas Keneally

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Thomas Michael Keneally (October 7, 1935) is an Australian writer. He has won several major awards including the Miles Franklin Award and the Booker Prize.[1]

Keneally was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1935. His early life was spent in northern New South Wales around the towns of Kemspey, Wauchope and Taree.[2] He began training to become a Roman Catholic priest but left at the end of six years when he had a nervous breakdown.[3] He wanted to be able to marry, which he did later and had two daughters.[1] His first job was as a teacher, and during this time he began writing short stories. He began studying to become a lawyer and wrote his first book, a novel called The Place at Whitton, in 1964.[1]

His book, Bring Larks and Heroes (1967), was given the Miles Franklin Award.[1] In 1982, his book Schindler's Ark, won the Booker Prize. This was made into a movie, Schindler's List, in 1993.[1]

Keneally was the first chairman of the Australian Republican Movement.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Thomas Keneally (1935-)". Today's Birthday. The Age. October 7 2009. Check date values in: |date= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  2. Hughes, Robin (September 9 2002). "Thomas Keneally - Interview Transcript tape 1". Australian Biography - Extraordinary Australians talk about their lives. Retrieved 2009-10-15. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. Hughes, Robin (September 9 2002). "Thomas Keneally - Interview Transcript tape 4". Australian Biography - Extraordinary Australians talk about their lives. Retrieved 2009-10-15. Check date values in: |date= (help)

Other websites[change | change source]

  • [1] Watch an interview with Thomas Keneally