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The Playmaker

The Playmaker

by Thomas Keneally

Publisher Hodder & Stoughton


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  • UK First Edition
  • First Printing
  • Hardcover

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About the book

In 1789 in Sydney Cove, the remotest penal colony of the British Empire, a group of convicts and one of their captors unite to stage a play. As felons, perjurers and whores rehearse, their playmaker becomes strangely seduced. For the play's power is mirrored in the rich, varied life of this primitive land, and, not least, in the convict and actress, Mary Brenham.

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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 a small bump at the top of the spine and slightly yellowed pages. In a fine, unclipped dust jacket with some bruising at the top and bottom of the spine.

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

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