Tom Keneally is a legend of Australian literature and winner of the Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin Award. His latest masterpiece is The Dickens Boy, the joyful story of Charles Dickens’s tenth child who was sent to outback NSW at the age of 16 to learn how to become a man. The Schindler’s Ark and The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith author joins journalist Helen Dalley to speak about his 34th novel, which vividly evokes life in a community riven with tensions, while affording an intimate portrait of the young Dickens himself.

Tom Keneally (Australian)

Tom Keneally

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. His latest novel is The Dickens Boy.

Helen Dalley (Australian)

Helen Dalley

Helen Dalley is a Walkley Award-winning journalist and broadcaster with decades of experience in television media and journalism. Helen was a reporter/presenter for almost 20 years on the 9 Network, including on the award-winning Sunday show, and was an inaugural reporter on Business Sunday. Most recently Helen was host, presenter and interviewer of several politics and business interview programs on Sky News Australia and Sky Business Channels, including The Dalley Edition and Late Agenda, and was a senior News anchor of News Now with Helen Dalley, over 11 years. She's recently created and hosts a new Podcast series, Build It. They'll Come. Revealing interviews with some of Australia's visionary, successful self-starters, on how they built an empire. Helen has interviewed myriad political and business leaders, writers, scientists, actors and sports stars.