"As reports of east Africa's famine continue to focus on drought and crop failure - natural rather than political causes - Three Famines provides a sharp and timely admonition... Keneally's writing is understated, sometimes to a fault. He witnessed the famine in Ethiopia, yet refuses to tell us what it looked or felt like. The tone is distant, but the occasional glimpses of individual suffering are all the more moving for it." Financial Times "Thomas Keneally...writes vividly about the depths to which human beings descend during famines... The book is both reportage of starvation and analysis of how famine is made. The 'politics' in his subtitle points to the fact that drought, blight and pestilence may be unavoidable but famine is a manmade phenomenon. This may be an elementary point, but it needs to be made time and again." Guardian "The human story of famine is told very well and passionately by Keneally, as one might expect from the author of Schindler's Ark." Irish Examiner"
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About the Author
Thomas Keneally won the Booker Prize in 1982 with Schindler’s Ark, later made into the Academy Award-winning film Schindler’s List by Steven Spielberg. He has written ten works of non-fiction, including his recent memoir Searching for Schindler. His novels The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith, Gossip From the Forest, and Confederates were all shortlisted for the Booker Prize, while Bring Larks and Heroes and Three Cheers for the Parclete won the Miles Franklin Award. He lives in Australia.