An engrossing and transporting read
An ingenious, hilarious novel . . . Keneally does what he does so well: he plucks people from the pages of history and gives them emotional lives
Keneally is a master at weaving historical figures and events into compelling works of fiction and so he does with his new book
Rewarding terrain for a much-loved novelist
A dashing, crisply written book
Tender and wry as the novel is, it has a tough-minded postcolonial core . . . Keneally's other life as a historian informs every page; his is an antique footnote swelled up to life-size
The Dickens Boy . . . is energetic, even exuberant. It is in love with the abundance of life it negotiates.
[A] genial, wry recreation of [Edward Dickens'] time in remote New South Wales
A bustling picaresque tale . . . there are some unforgettably vivid scenes in this rompy but emotive story of bruised youth.
A delightful and continuously interesting portrayal of mid-19th century life in New South Wales and an acute and persuasive examination of the mystery that Charles Dickens still presents.
[An] absorbing novel . . . Plorn himself is a joy