This is a story that needs to be heard but that no one need read. And hats off to Steven Spielberg for giving everyone the opportunity to do exactly that!
The book inhabits a misbegotten halfway house between fiction and non-fiction. Keneally should have committed to a narrative or a historical record. He chose over 400 pages of neither.
Keneally would never have won the Booker Prize had the Spielberg film been released first. But would the film have been made if the book hadn’t won the Booker?