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Thomas Keneally:
The Great Shame
Thomas Keneally
  The Great Shame  
Thomas Keneally    
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  Thomas Keneally is famous for his many novels, notably the Booker Prize-winning Schindler's List and, most recently, Woman of the Inner Sea and A River Town. But his new book, The Great Shame and the Triumph of the Irish in English-Speaking World, is a monumental work of history, an astonishing effort to tell the story of Irish diaspora as completely, accurately, and intimately as possible. The work demanded years of research among little-known sources, and the writing of the book itself--it is drawn straight from the historical record and is fully documented--was its own epic journey for the author.

It was a journey that drew as much on Keneally's skill and determination as a researcher as it did on his talents as a novelist; he sought to bring to life eighty years of Irish history as seen through the eyes of political prisoners as they made their way from Ireland to Australia and North America. Now that this journey is complete, Keneally sat down to answer a few questions for Bold Type about what he's learned along the way. Read an interview with the author and an excerpt from The Great Shame.
 
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