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Partners in Crime: Tom and Meg Keneally


How do you bond with your dad? Go to the cricket? Walk the dogs? How about writing a book together? How about writing twelve books together?

That’s what Meg Keneally has been doing with her dad, although it’s not such a strange idea in her case. Meg’s father is an icon of Australian literature, a Booker Prize-winner, a Miles Franklin-winner, and the author of The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Schindler’s Ark and other classics – Tom Keneally.

So far, the pair have written two books together, The Soldiers Curse and The Unmourned, as part of a funny and engrossing historical crime fiction series. The Monsarrat series is about a crime-solving convict who travels between penal colonies cracking murder cases … and the Keneallys are aiming to write another ten books in the series.

How did this collaboration come about? What are their creative similarities and differences as writers? And how do they resolve creative disputes? Tom and Meg will tackle these questions and many more with host Chris Flynn.


Thomas Keneally

Tom Keneally won the Booker Prize in 1982 with Schindler’s Ark, later made into the Steven Spielberg-directed, Academy Award-winning film Schindler’s List. His non-fiction includes the memoir Searching for Schindler and Three Famines, an LA Times Book of the Year, and the histories The C... Read more

Meg Keneally

Meg Keneally is the co-author, with father Tom Keneally, of the Monsarrat Series of historical crime novels. She started her working life 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 freelance features writer.... Read more

Chris Flynn

Chris Flynn is the author of The Glass Kingdom and A Tiger in Eden, which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in the Age, the Australian, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Australian Book Review, the Saturday Paper, Smith Journal, the Big Issue, Monster... Read more


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