Thomas Keneally confronts the vast economic, cultural and historical distances between Australia and Africa, with a story that bridges them together convincingly. His rare ability to project engrossing human drama on to the most daunting of world events won him international fame after the publication of Schindler's Ark in 1982. His new novel brings the same humanity and intelligence to bear on aspects of the 20th century . . . Keneally has been described as 'the best Australian writer alive'. His complex new novel about what it means to be Australian should be read for decades to come
A work of towering authority: large in scope, rich in detail; overflowing with ripe humanity ... more than an engrossing novel: it is a stirring one.
A marvellously readable and powerfully moving skein of stories ... Thomas Keneally's achievement in Bettany's Book, as ever, is the uniquely novelistic one of bringing the most marginalised, unremembered of individuals to unforgettable life