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In perhaps his boldest novel, Tom Keneally explores the journeys of modern Australians alongside the imagined story of ancient Learned Man whose remains were discovered in Western NSW some decades ago.

The remains of Mungo Man, the oldest known resident of Australia, were discovered by geologist Jim Bowler some 40 years ago and after sitting for many years in universities and institutions, with great ceremony, have just been returned to country.

In perhaps his most daring and exciting piece of fiction, Tom Keneally explores the story of modern Australians alongside the story of the First Man.

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  • Trade Paperback


    October 29, 2018

    Vintage Australia

    352 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook


    October 29, 2018

    Random House Australia

    352 pages

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The Daughters Of Mars
The Unmourned
Crimes of the Father
The Soldier's Curse
Napoleon's Last Island
The Place at Whitton
A Country Too Far: Teacher's Edition
The Great Australian Writers' Collection 2013
Shame and the Captives
A Country Too Far
Bring Larks and Heroes:Text Classics
Three Famines
The People's Train
Searching For Schindler
Three Cheers For The Paraclete
The Widow And Her Hero
The Commonwealth Of Thieves
Roos In Shoes
The Tyrant's Novel
An Angel In Australia
American Scoundrel
Bettany's Book
The Great Shame


The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
Midnight's Children
The Award
A Gentleman in Moscow
Echo Burning
The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Girl on the Train
Memoirs Of A Geisha
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Life After Life
Swing Time
The Bear and The Nightingale
The French Perfumer
Ready Player One
The Trip of a Lifetime