mmanders fatally misread. Mortified by being taken alive in battle and preferring a violent death to the shame of living. the Japanese prisoners plan an outbreak with shattering and far-reaching consequences for all the citizens around them. In a career spanning half a century. Thomas Keneally has proven brilliant at exploring ordinary lives caught up in extraordinary events. With this profoundly gripping and thought-provoking novel. inspired by a notorious incident in New South Wales in 1944. he once again shows why he is celebrated as a writer who looks into the heart of the human condition with a piercing intelligence that few can match (Sunday Telegraph).
Palace of Curiosities
A luminous and bewitching debut novel that is perfect for fans of Angela Carter. Set in Victorian London. it follows the fortunes of Eve. the Lion-Faced Girl and Abel. the Flayed Man. A magical realism delight.Before Eve is born. her mother goes to the circus. She buys a penny twist of coloured sugar and settles down to watch the heart-stopping main attraction: a lion. billed as a monster from the savage heart of Africa. forged in the heat of a merciless sun. Mama swears she hears the lion sigh. just before it leapsaand when Eve is born. the story goes. she didnt cry she meowed and licked her paws.When Abel is pulled from the stinking Thames. the mudlarks are sure he is long dead. As they search his pockets to divvy up the treasure. his eyes crack open and he coughs up a stream of black water. But how has he survived a week in that thick stew of human waste?Cast out by Victorian society. Eve and Abel find succour from an unlikely source. They soar to f
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