Join Tom Keneally for a fascinating talk on the background to his new novel, Napoleon’s Last Island at the home of the Tom Keneally Centre.
Whilst living in exile on St Helena, Napoleon exerted an extraordinary influence on young Betsy Balcombe. How did she get from Napoleon’s side to the Australian bush?
When Tom discovered by chance that Betsy Balcombe, a young girl living on St Helena while the Emperor Napoleon was exiled there, had become the Emperor’s ‘intimate friend and annoyer’, and had then emigrated with her family to Australia, he was impelled to begin another extraordinary novel, exploring the intersection between the ordinary people of the world and those we deem exceptional.
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC