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Meet Thomas Keneally @ Five Dock Library

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4-12 Garfield Street

Five Dock, NSW 2046

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The Dickens Boy

From one of Australia’s most loved authors comes a joyful reimagining of the adventures of Charles Dickens’ tenth child, Edward Bulwer Lytton Dickens, known as Plorn.

It is the late 1800s and Dickens has farewelled Plorn; sending him off to ‘apply himself’ in Australia. Reticent, and unsure of his ability to live up to others’ perceptions of his legendary father (especially given he’s never read any of the great man’s work), Plorn nevertheless throws himself into this journey of self-discovery. Along the way he meets
a colourful cast of characters, from colonialists to ex-convicts and Paakantji, all of whom contribute in some way to his ineffable quest for manhood.

Keneally weaves tales of historical figures and events amongst Plorn’s own adventures allowing us to examine Australia’s long-standing relationships with class and race that run parallels to an exploration of family breakdowns and their long lasting impact. Written with compassion and humour The Dickens Boy is Keneally at his very best.

Light refreshments will be provided between 10.30-11am.

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