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Issue Details: First known date: 2009... 2009 The People's Train
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'Artem Samsurov, a charismatic protege of Lenin and an ardent socialist, reaches sanctuary in Australia after escaping his Siberian labour camp and making a long, perilous journey via Japan. But Brisbane in 1911 turns out not to be quite the workers' paradise he was expecting, or the bickering local Russian emigres a model of brotherhood.

'As Artem helps organise a strike and gets dangerously entangled in the death of another exile, he discovers that corruption, repression and injustice are almost as prevalent in Brisbane as at home. Yet he finds fellow spirits in a fiery old suffragette and a distractingly attractive married lawyer, who undermines his belief that a revolutionary cannot spare the time for relationships. When the revolution dawns and he returns to Russia, will his ideals hold true?

'Based on a true story, The People's Train brings the past alive and makes it resonate in the present. With all the empathy and storytelling skills that he brought to bear in Schindler's Ark, Tom Keneally takes us to the heart of the Russian Revolution through the dramatic life of an unknown, inspiring figure. Like Schindler, Samsurov was no saint, but he was an individual who played a vital role in world-changing events.' (From the publisher's website.)

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  • Dedication: To Judith

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • North Sydney, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Vintage Australia , 2009 .
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      Extent: 408p.
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      • Includes bibliographical references (pp. [407]-408).
      ISBN: 9781741667431 (pbk)
    • North Sydney, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Knopf Australia , 2009 .
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      Extent: 408p.
      Note/s:
      • Includes bibliographical references (pp. [407]-408).
      ISBN: 9781741667424 (hbk)
    • London,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Sceptre ,
      2009 .
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      Extent: 416p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 17 September 2009.
      ISBN: 0340951850 (hbk), 9780340951859 (hbk)
    • London,
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      England,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Sceptre ,
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      Extent: 416p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 17 September 2009.
      ISBN: 9780340980545 (pbk), 0340980540 (pbk)
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Open Road Media ,
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      Extent: 406p.
      Note/s:
      • Published November 14th 2017
      ISBN: 9781504038713
    • North Sydney, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Vintage Australia , 2010 .
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      Extent: 408p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 1 July 2010
      ISBN: 9781741667455

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Works about this Work

A National (Diasporic?) Living Treasure : Thomas Keneally Paul Sharrad , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Le Simplegadi , November no. 14 2015; (p. 20-27)
Although Thomas Keneally is firmly located as a national figure, his international literary career and his novels’ inspection of colonial exile, Aboriginal alienation, and movements of people throughout history reflect aspects of diasporic experience, while pushing the term itself into wider meaning of the transnational.
Review of The People's Train Thomas Poole , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Queensland Journal of Labour History , March no. 12 2011; (p. 38-41)

— Review of The People's Train Thomas Keneally , 2009 single work novel
Poole-Fried Collection Thomas Keneally , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Found in Fryer : Stories from the Fryer Library Collection 2010; (p. 74-75)
Keneally discusses the Poole-Fried collection in the Fyer Library which provided the source material for his novel.
Master of Our Human Comedy Peter Pierce , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , December vol. 4 no. 11 2009; (p. 6-7)
Reds under the Beds John Clare , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 8 November 2009; (p. 13)

— Review of The People's Train Thomas Keneally , 2009 single work novel
Bolshie Biggles Robert Dessaix , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , August vol. 4 no. 7 2009; (p. 21)

— Review of The People's Train Thomas Keneally , 2009 single work novel
[Review] The People's Train Katharine England , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 8 August 2009; (p. 24)

— Review of The People's Train Thomas Keneally , 2009 single work novel
Utopian Journey Francesca Beddie , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 8-9 August 2009; (p. 17)

— Review of The People's Train Thomas Keneally , 2009 single work novel
All Aboard for a Revolution Peter Pierce , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 8 August 2009; (p. 24)

— Review of The People's Train Thomas Keneally , 2009 single work novel
Railroaded into the Revolution Mary Philip , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 1 - 2 August 2009; (p. 21)

— Review of The People's Train Thomas Keneally , 2009 single work novel
Fact and Fiction Luke Slattery , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 1-2 August 2009; (p. 4-5)
Chasing Schindler Lynne Minion , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 8 August 2009; (p. 6-7)
Bolshevik Brisbane is Real Fiction Des Houghton , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 19 - 20 September 2009; (p. 56)
Master of Our Human Comedy Peter Pierce , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , December vol. 4 no. 11 2009; (p. 6-7)
Poole-Fried Collection Thomas Keneally , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Found in Fryer : Stories from the Fryer Library Collection 2010; (p. 74-75)
Keneally discusses the Poole-Fried collection in the Fyer Library which provided the source material for his novel.
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