2016 Media Releases

Talks@Willoughby presents Meg and Tom Keneally in conversation: The Soldier’s Curse

26 February 2016

12.30pm, Thursday 17 March
Chatswood Library on The Concourse, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
FREE event

Join Meg and Tom Keneally in conversation about their intriguing novel The Soldier’s Curse – Book One of The Monsarrat Series. Originally envisioned as a 12 book series, Tom enlisted the help of his daughter Meg, a former journalist, to bring the first novel to fruition. 

Set in the Port Macquarie penal settlement for second offenders, at the edge of the known world, gentleman convict Hugh Monsarrat is on the hunt for his wife’s murderer. One of Australia’s first novelists, a well-educated convict named James Tucker, inspired the title character of the series. 

A gripping, fast-paced tale, Meg and Tom have successfully blurred the lines between historical fact and credible fiction to create a memorable super-sleuthing series.

Novelist and playwright, Tom Keneally is best known for his Booker Prize-winning novel, Schindler's Ark, which was adapted into the Academy Award winning Schindler's List.  His novels The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Gossip from the Forest, and Confederates were shortlisted for the Booker Prize, while Bring Larks and Heroes and Three Cheers for the Paraclete won the Miles Franklin Award.

Meg Keneally started as a junior public affairs officer at the Australian Consulate-General in New York, before moving to Dublin to work as a sub-editor and features writer. On returning to Australia, she worked at The Daily Telegraph as a news reporter, Radio 2UE as a talkback radio producer and in 1997 co-founded a financial service public relations company.

Lindfield Bookshop will have copies of the authors’ books available on the day for sale and signing.

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