Thomas Keneally published his first book The Place at Whitton in 1964. He won the Miles Franklin Award in consecutive years for his novels Bring Larks and Heroes (1967) and Three Cheers for the Paraclete (1968). He was shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times before being the first Australian ever to win it, in 1982, for Schindler's Ark. His novel The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith was made into a film by Fred Schepisi. Thomas Keneally has written over thirty books, both fiction and non-fiction, as well as plays and essays. He is an ardent Republican and was the founding chairman of the Australian Republican Movement.