Author(s): Tom Keneally
A gripping thriller and a chilling glimpse of an imaginary world that seems all too real. In an oil-rich country terrorised by a tyrant known as The Great Uncle, war veteran and celebrated writer Alan Sheriff has a better life than most until his beautiful and beloved actress wife Sarah dies - and he is made an offer he can't refuse. He must write a great novel in three months - or else. If the writer no longer cares about his own life, he has friends. What follows is a terrifying trial as he battles with his conscience, Sarah's memory, a good woman who wants to rescue him, a dark secret - and the most important deadline of his life Stark, terrifying and utterly compelling, The Tyrant's Novel is a gripping thriller and a chilling glimpse of an imaginary world that seems all too real.
THOMAS KENEALLY won the Booker Prize in 1982 with SCHINDLER'S ARK, later made into the Academy Award-winning film SCHINDLER'S LIST by Steven Spielberg. He has written ten works of non-fiction, including his recent memoir SEARCHING FOR SCHINDLER, and the histories THE COMMONWEALTH OF THIEVES, THE GREAT SHAME and AMERICAN SCOUNDREL, and 28 works of fiction, including 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 JIMMY 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. His most recent novel THE PEOPLE'S TRAIN was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize, South East Asia division.