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About the book
  • Published: 1 September 2004
  • ISBN: 9781864710724
  • Imprint: Doubleday Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $28.99
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The Tyrant's Novel




A gripping thriller and a chilling glimpse of an imaginary world that seems all too real.

In an oil-rich country terrorised by a tyrant known as The Great Uncle, war veteran and celebrated writer Alan Sheriff has a better life than most until his beautiful and beloved actress wife Sarah dies - and he is made an offer he can't refuse. He must write a great novel in three months - or else. If the writer no longer cares about his own life, he has friends. What follows is a terrifying trial as he battles with his conscience, Sarah's memory, a good woman who wants to rescue him, a dark secret - and the most important deadline of his life 'Stark, terrifying and utterly compelling, THE TYRANT'S NOVEL is a gripping thriller and a chilling glimpse of an imaginary world that seems all too real.

  • Pub date: 1 September 2004
  • ISBN: 9781864710724
  • Imprint: Doubleday Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $28.99

About the Author

Tom Keneally

Thomas Keneally was born in 1935 and his first novel was published in 1964. Since then he has written a considerable number of novels and non-fiction works. His novels include The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Schindler's List and The People's Train. He has won the Miles Franklin Award, the Booker Prize, the Los Angeles Times Prize, the Mondello International Prize and has been made a Literary Lion of the New York Public Library, a Fellow of the American Academy, recipient of the University of California gold medal, and is now the subject of a 55 cent Australian stamp.

He has held various academic posts in the United States, but lives in Sydney.

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Praise for The Tyrant's Novel

“‘An exquisitely wrought study of moral corruption in a convincing - and frighteningly modern - political dystopia.’ PUBLISHERS WEEKLY”

“‘This bold, angry book shows why Australia needs writers such as Keneally more than ever.' THE AGE”

“‘Brilliant, riveting, conscience-driven... rank it with the greats.' KIRKUS REVIEWS”

“‘Thrilling stuff… the writer stepping up to the front rank, bringing back what they find... beyond the horizontal bars of newspaper copy'. THE AUSTRALIAN”

“'Reads like a mix of fiction and the devastating truth of fact.’ WEEKLY TIMES”


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