Tom Keneally’s latest book has been written in collaboration with his daughter, former journalist Meg Keneally.
Planned to be part of a four book series, the first book in the Monsarrat series is “The Soldier’s Curse”. Set in the Port Macquarie Penal Settlement in 1825, it tells the story of educated felon Hugh Llewellyn Monsarrat.
The “who-dunnit” plot unfolds after the suspicious death of the settlement Commandant’s wife and Hugh Monsarrat tries to solve the mystery before the death of an innocent woman for the crime.
Tom Keneally was inspired by the story of convict James Tucker, one of Australia’s first novelists. Tom Keneally and his daughter are already working on book two in the series.