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Keneally recounts his accidental and inspiring first meeting in Los Angeles with Leopold Page, a Jewish Pole who survived World War II thanks to the efforts of Nazi, Oskar Schindler. Page told Keneally that he knew 'a wonderful story. A story of humanity ...' The story that emerged took written form as Keneally's Schindler's Ark.
The first of the three 'Best of' collections, Best Australian Essays was initiated in 1998 (then published by Bookman Press) under the guidance of executive chair Morry Schwartz and edited by Peter Craven. In March 2018, Black Inc, announced the cancellation of all three, replaced by the series Best Summer Stories.