Thomas Keneally Event 29th November

Thomas Keneally

Thomas Keneally is best known for his 1982 novel Schindler’s Ark that was adapted into the Oscar-winning film Schindler’s List by Steven Spielberg.  Keneally, however, is also a prolific writer of history and Australiana – producing works such as Australia: Beyond the DreamtimeA Commonwealth of Thieves and Our Republic.
Now, in the follow up to his widely acclaimed book Australians: Origins to Eureka, Keneally has written a second instalment covering Australian history until World War I – Australians: Eureka to the Diggers.
Join Coaldrake’s and Brisbane’s Better Bookshops on Tuesday, November 29th as Thomas Keneally talks about the vast array of characters that populate his latest book – from immigrants to Aboriginal resistance figures, bushrangers to politicians, artists to soldiers, hard-nosed radicals to pastoralists.
Tuesday, 29 November at 6 for 6.30pm start
Contact Coaldrakes Bookstore for details.
RSVP Essential
Tickets $20 Adult; $18 Concession; $15 for purchase of 6 or more
Call 07 3367 8526  or  07 3841 0188 to book.

Torn Apart, by Shane Gericke

There are three elements to a good thriller: pace, suspense and high stakes. And with the great thrillers we also get a depth of character and point-of-view. Shane Gericke gives us all of these and more. Torn Apart is a complex, yet lightning-fast plot weaving together related subplots and characters with breathtaking momentum leading up to an explosive climax.

Strong female detective Emily being teased by a serial murderer who’s sending her body parts; four white trash killers kidnapping young girls for porn and slavery, and couriering drugs; a corrupt cop trying to save his daughter who needs treatment costing $3 million. These and a host of other characters, including a wily old stag (yes, a deer) make the plot buzz along at a pace that any author would be pressed to match. This is a story I carried around until I’d finished it.

I’d say Shane would have to be one of the tightest writers of prose in the business. He constantly surprises with his use of strong verbs. In fact, I’d consider him the Prince of Strong Verbs.

So, if you want a book that is a great example of modern writing style with a fast pace, great plot, suspense and depth of character, this is your next read!