Thomas Keneally

Thomas Keneally is an Australian author renowned for his historical fiction and non-fiction works. He is best known for his Booker Prize-winning novel 'Schindler's Ark', which was later adapted into the Academy Award-winning film 'Schindler's List' directed by Steven Spielberg. Keneally's writing often explores themes of human justice and moral dilemmas, and his extensive body of work includes novels, plays, and essays.


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  1. 1. Schindler's List

    The book tells the true story of a German businessman who saves more than a thousand Polish Jews during the Holocaust by employing them in his factories. The protagonist's transformation from a greedy high living war profiteer to a savior of lives forms the crux of the narrative. It offers a chilling yet inspiring account of the horrors of the Holocaust, human resilience, and the power of one individual to make a significant difference.

  2. 2. The Playmaker

    "The Playmaker" is a historical novel set in the late 18th century, revolving around the lives of British convicts transported to the penal colony in New South Wales, Australia. The narrative focuses on a lieutenant who is tasked with directing a play featuring the convicts as actors, as part of a rehabilitation and morale-boosting effort. The story delves into the transformative power of theater, the complex relationships between the officers and convicts, and the harsh realities of life in the colony. Through the process of staging the play, the characters confront their pasts, their identities, and the rigid class and power structures of their society, all against the backdrop of the unforgiving Australian landscape.

  3. 3. Schindler's Ark

    The book is a historical novel based on the true story of a German industrialist who becomes an unlikely humanitarian amid the barbaric Nazi reign. When he witnesses the horrors inflicted upon the Jews, he is moved to save as many as he can by employing them in his factory. His actions, driven by courage and compassion, lead to the salvation of over a thousand Jewish workers from certain death in the Holocaust. The narrative explores themes of morality, survival, and the capacity for good in the face of overwhelming evil, as the protagonist navigates the complexities of war and the human spirit.