Thomas Keneally is a truly great Australian. He was born in 1935 and is one of the country's finest writers. As well as his many novels, he has published a number of histories including his three-volume series Australians. His novels include The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Schindler's Ark and The Dickens Boy. He has won the Miles Franklin Award, the Booker Prize, the Los Angeles Book Prize, the Royal Society of Literature Prize, the Scripter Award of the University of Southern California, the Mondello International Prize and the Helmerich Prize. He lives in Sydney with his wife Judy.