Gossip from the Forest

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This article is about the novel. For the book subtitled "the tangled roots of our forests and fairytales", see Gossip from the Forest (Maitland book).
Gossip from the Forest
First edition
Author Thomas Keneally
Country Australia
Language English
Publisher Collins, England and Australia
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 222 pp
ISBN 0151367051
OCLC 1863442
LC Class PZ4.K336 Go 1976 PR9619.3.K46

Gossip from the Forest is a novel by the Australian author Thomas Keneally which deals with the negotiations surrounding the ending of World War I.

Subject matter[edit]

"In Gossip from the Forest, Keneally offered a concentrated fictional presentation of the peace talks that took place in the Forest of Compiègne in November 1918, focusing on the highest-ranking German negotiator, Mattias Erzberger, a liberal pacifist.

Critical reception[edit]

According to the New York Times Book Review's Paul Fussell, Gossip from the Forest 'is a study of the profoundly civilian and pacific sensibility beleaguered by crude power.... it is absorbing, and as history it achieves the kind of significance earned only by sympathy acting on deep knowledge.'

Robert E. McDowell in World Literature Today concluded that 'with Gossip from the Forest Keneally has succeeded better than in any of his previous books in lighting the lives of historical figures and in convincing us that people are really the events of history.'"[1]


  • "Dedication: To My Father."
  • "Author's note: In the season in which this book was written, the French government persisted in exploding nuclear devices above the ocean where my children swim."

Awards and nominations[edit]


External links[edit]

  • Book review by Danny Yee [1]