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Bettany's Book

Bettany's Book

by Thomas Keneally

Publisher Sceptre


  • Signed by the Author
  • UK First Edition
  • First Printing
  • Hardcover

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About the book

Prim, an aid-worker in the Sudan, is contacted by her sister Dimp, who is back in Australia. She has come into possession of revealing documents concerning their ancestors: transported from Manchester, their great-grandfather was the son of a convict, while their great grandmother was not only a convict too, but Jewish. As the story unfolds, through letters and a journal, of how John Bettany made his fortune, and of Sarah's time in the notorious Female Factory, the sisters gain new perspectives on their roots. And as Prim's travels progress, she realises that her life is paralleling the perilous paths taken by her great-grandmother, and her enthusiasms and loves as well. A compelling portrait of the white origins of Australia, and of two adventurous, spirited young women, one hundred and fifty years apart.

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About the Author

Thomas Keneally

Thomas Keneally began his writing career in 1964 and has published thirty novels since. They include SCHINDLER'S ARK, which won the Booker Prize in 1982 and was subsequently made into the film Schindler's List, and THE CHANT OF JIMMIE BLACKSMITH, CONFEDERATES and GOSSIP FROM THE FOREST, each of which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His most recent novels are THE DAUGHTERS OF MARS, which was shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize in 2013, SHAME AND THE CAPTIVES and NAPOLEON'S LAST ISLAND. He has also written several works of non-fiction, including his memoir HOMEBUSH BOY, SEARCHING FOR SCHINDLER and AUSTRALIANS. He is married with two daughters and lives in Sydney.

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    All of our books that have a dust wrapper are covered in clear protective, removable film and are packed professionally in bubble wrap and a box for shipping so that they reach you in perfect condition.

  • Book Condition & Notes

    Fine first edition with some slight bruising along the top and bottom of the spine. In a fine, unclipped dust jacket with similar bruising along the spine.

    On the title page with the signature there is a dedication to Ion.

    This book is located in our Brighton shop and may take longer for delivery.

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