In what is perhaps Tom Keneally’s boldest and most candid novel, Two Old Men Dying explores the journeys of modern Australians alongside the imagined story of ancient ‘Learned Man’, whose remains were discovered in Western NSW decades ago. One of the greats of Australian literature, he is joined by Ailsa Piper to discuss his exquisite exploration of community, country, love and mortality, which was hailed by Geordie Williamson as “intensely personal, hugely inventive and often moving”.

Thomas Keneally (Australian)

Thomas Keneally

Tom Keneally won the Booker Prize in 1982 with Schindler's Ark, later made into the Academy Award-winning film Schindler's List by Steven Spielberg. His non-fiction includes the memoir Searching For Schindler and Three Famines, which was a LA Times Book of the Year. His fiction includes Shame and the Captives and The Widow And Her Hero, shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Award. His novels The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Gossip from the Forest, and Confederates were all shortlisted for the ManBooker 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. He is co-author with Meg Keneally of The Soldier’s Curse and The Unmourned, the first two books in The Monsarrat Series. His latest novel is Two Old Men Dying.

Ailsa Piper (Australian)

Ailsa Piper

Ailsa Piper is a writer, performer, director, teacher and facilitator. Her most recent book was The Attachment, co-authored with Tony Doherty. Her travel memoir, Sinning Across Spain, was re-released in 2017. Her script Small Mercies was co-winner of the Patrick White Playwrights Award. She is sustained by reading, walking, swimming and trees.