Richard Flanagan - Author

About the Author

Born in Tasmania in 1961, Richard Flanagan is one of Australia's leading novelists. His novels, Death of a River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Gould's Book of Fish (winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize), The Unknown Terrorist and Wanting have received numerous honours and been published in 26 countries. His father, who died the day Flanagan finished The Narrow Road to the Deep North, was a survivor of the Burma Death Railway.

Featured books by Richard Flanagan

First Person

First Person

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/2017

Kif Kehlmann, a young penniless writer, is rung in the middle of the night by the notorious con man and corporate criminal, Siegfried Heidl. About to go to trial for defrauding the banks of $700 million, Heidl offers Kehlmann the job of ghost-writing his memoir. He has six weeks to write the book, for which he'll be paid $10,000. But as the writing gets under way, Kehlmann begins to fear that he is being corrupted by Heidl. As the deadline draws closer, he becomes ever more unsure if he is ghost writing a memoir, or if Heidl is rewriting him - his life, his future. Everything that was certain grows uncertain as he begins to wonder: who is Siegfried Heidl - and who is Kif Kehlmann? As time runs out, one question looms above all others: what is the truth? By turns compelling, comic, and chilling, this is a haunting journey into the heart of our age.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/03/2015

Winner of The Man Booker Prize 2014.  Forever after, there were for them only two sorts of men: the men who were on the Line, and the rest of humanity, who were not. In the despair of a Japanese Pow camp on the Burma Death Railway, surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever. Hailed as a masterpiece, Richard Flanagan's epic novel tells the unforgettable story of one man's reckoning with the truth.   One of our Books of the Year 2014.

Other books by Richard Flanagan

First Person

First Person

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/07/2018

Young and penniless, Kif Kehlmann, is rung in the middle of the night by notorious con man and corporate criminal, Siegfried Heidl. About to go to trial for defrauding the banks of $700 million, Heidl proposes a deal: $10,000 for Kehlmann to ghostwrite his memoir in six weeks. Kehlmann accepts but soon begins to fear that he is being corrupted by Heidl. Is he ghostwriting a memoir, or is Heidl is rewriting him? As the deadline draws closer everything that is certain grows uncertain as he begins to wonder: who is Ziggy Heidl - and who is Kif Kehlmann?

First Person

First Person

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: eBook Release Date: 03/04/2018

From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Narrow Road to the Deep North, the hypnotic tale of a ghost writer writing the memoir of a notorious con man, and the chilling events that unfold as their lives become increasingly intertwined.Kif Kehlmann, a young, penniless writer, is rung in the middle of the night by the notorious con man and corporate criminal, Siegfried Heidl. About to go to trial for defrauding the banks of $700 million, Heidl offers Kehlmann the job of ghost writing his memoir. He has six weeks to write the book, for which he'll be paid $10,000. But as the writing gets under way, Kehlmann begins to fear that he is being corrupted by Heidl. As the deadline draws closer, he becomes ever more unsure if he is ghost writing a memoir, or if Heidl is rewriting him--his life, his future. Everything that was certain grows uncertain as he begins to wonder: Who is Siegfried Heidl--and who is Kif Kehlmann? As time runs out, as Kehlmann's world feels it is hurtling toward a catharsis, one question looms above all others: What is the truth? By turns compelling, comic, and chilling, this is a haunting journey into the heart of our age.

First Person

First Person

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: eBook Release Date: 23/11/2017

Random House presents the audiobook edition of First Person by Richard Flanagan, read by David James.Six weeks to write for your life... In this blistering story of a ghostwriter haunted by his demonic subject, the Man Booker Prize winner turns to lies, crime and literature with devastating effectA young and penniless writer, Kif Kehlmann, is rung in the middle of the night by the notorious con man and corporate criminal, Siegfried Heidl. About to go to trial for defrauding the banks of $700 million, Heidl proposes a deal: $10,000 for Kehlmann to ghostwrite his memoir in six weeks.Kehlmann accepts but begins to fear that he is being corrupted by Heidl. As the deadline draws closer, he becomes ever more unsure if he is ghostwriting a memoir, or if Heidl is rewriting him-his life, his future. Everything that was certain grows uncertain as he begins to wonder: who is Siegfried Heidl-and who is Kif Kehlmann?By turns compelling, comic and chilling, First Person is a haunting journey into the heart of our age.

First Person

First Person

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/11/2017

What is the truth? In this blistering story of a ghostwriter haunted by his demonic subject, the Man Booker Prize winner turns to lies, crime and literature with devastating effect. Kif Kehlmann, a young penniless writer, is rung in the middle of the night by the notorious con man and corporate criminal, Siegfried Heidl. About to go to trial for defrauding the banks of $700 million, Heidl offers Kehlmann the job of ghost-writing his memoir. He has six weeks to write the book, for which he'll be paid $10,000. But as the writing gets under way, Kehlmann begins to fear that he is being corrupted by Heidl. As the deadline draws closer, he becomes ever more unsure if he is ghost writing a memoir, or if Heidl is rewriting him - his life, his future. Everything that was certain grows uncertain as he begins to wonder: who is Siegfried Heidl - and who is Kif Kehlmann? As time runs out, one question looms above all others: what is the truth? By turns compelling, comic, and chilling, this is a haunting journey into the heart of our age.

First Person

First Person

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: eBook Release Date: 02/10/2017

A young and penniless writer, Kif Kehlmann, is rung in the middle of the night by the notorious con man and corporate criminal, Siegfried Heidl. About to go to trial for defrauding the banks of $700 million, Heidl proposes a deal: $10,000 for Kehlmann to ghost write his memoir in six weeks.But as the writing gets under way, Kehlmann begins to fear that he is being corrupted by Heidl. As the deadline draws closer, he becomes ever more unsure if he is ghost writing a memoir, or if Heidl is rewriting him-his life, his future. Everything that was certain grows uncertain as he begins to wonder: who is Siegfried Heidl-and who is Kif Kehlmann?By turns compelling, comic, and chilling, First Person is a haunting journey into the heart of our age.

Notes on an Exodus

Notes on an Exodus

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: eBook Release Date: 27/06/2016

Notes on the exodus of refugees from Syria, by Man Booker Prize winner Richard Flanagan. With illustrations from Archibald Prize winner Ben Quilty.In January 2016 Richard Flanagan and Ben Quilty travelled to Lebanon, Greece, and Serbia to follow the river that is the exodus of our age: that of refugees from Syria. Flanagan's 'notes' and Quilty's sketches bear witness to the remarkable people they met on that journey and their stories. These individual portraits from the Man Booker Prize-winning author and Archibald Prize-winning artist combine to form a powerful testament to human dignity and courage in the face of war, death, and suffering. Refugees are not like you and me. They are you and me. That terrible river of the wretched and the damned flowing through Europe is my family.

The Unknown Terrorist

The Unknown Terrorist

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/05/2016

FROM THE WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2014 After a one-night stand with an attractive stranger, pole-dancer Gina Davies finds herself prime suspect in an attempted terrorist attack on Sydney. Hunted by the police, her face stares back at her on the unremitting 24/7 news cycle. She is soon running away from her dreams for a better life and witnessing every truth turn into a betrayal. The Unknown Terrorist is a startlingly prescient novel that drums with the cadences of city life; where fear invades individual lives, pushing one woman ever closer to breaking point.

Wanting

Wanting

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/05/2016

FROM THE WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2014 Mathinna, an Aboriginal girl from Van Diemen's Land, is adopted by nineteenth-century explorer, Sir John Franklin, and his wife, Lady Jane. Franklin is confident that shining the light of reason on Mathinna will lift her out of savagery and desire. But when Franklin dies on an Arctic expedition, Lady Jane writes to Charles Dickens, asking him to defend Franklin's reputation amid rumours of his crew lapsing into cannibalism. Dickens responds by staging a play in which he takes the leading role as Franklin, his symbol of reason's triumph, only to fall in love with an eighteen-year-old actress. As reason gives way to wanting, the frontier between civilisation and barbarity dissolves, and Mathinna, now a teenage prostitute, goes drinking on a fatal night.

Death of a River Guide

Death of a River Guide

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/05/2016

FROM THE WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2014 Trapped within a waterfall on the wild Franklin River, Tasmanian river guide, Aljaz Cosini, lies drowning. As the tourists he has been guiding down the river seek to save him, Aljaz is beset by visions horrible and fabulous. As the rapids rise, Aljaz relives not just his own life but also his country's dreaming.

Gould's Book of Fish

Gould's Book of Fish

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/05/2016

FROM THE WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2014 Once upon a time that was called 1828, before all fishes in the sea and all living things on the land were destroyed, there was a man named William Buelow Gould, a white convict who fell in love with a black woman and discovered too late that to love is not safe. Silly Billy Gould, invader of Australia, liar, murderer and forger, condemned to the most feared penal colony in the British Empire and there ordered to paint a book of fish.

The Sound of One Hand Clapping

The Sound of One Hand Clapping

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/05/2016

FROM THE WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2014 In the winter of 1954, in a construction camp in the remote Tasmanian highlands, when Sonja Buloh was three years old and her father was drinking too much, her mother disappeared into a blizzard never to return. Thirty-five years later, Sonja returns to the place of her childhood to visit her drunkard father. The shadows of the past begin to intrude ever more forcefully into the present, changing forever his living death and her ordered life.

Sa bati din palme cu o singura mana

Sa bati din palme cu o singura mana

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2016

Intr-o noapte geroasa din 1954, o femeie coboara treptele baracii unde spera sa inceapa o noua viata si dispare in iarna australiana, lasand in memoria Sonjei, fiica ei de trei ani, doar ecoul unui cantec de leagan. Treizeci si cinci de ani mai tarziu, Sonja se intoarce in locurile copilariei, vrand sa inteleaga motivele acestui abandon. Isi intalneste tatal, a carui cumplita furie a alungat-o de acasa, si trebuie sa infrunte demonii trecutului ce i-a bantuit parintii: ororile ocupatiei naziste din Slovenia, tara ei de origine.SA baE i din palme cu o singurA mnA zugrA veE te barbaria unei lumi vechi E i asprimea unei E A ri noi, unde destine fA rA speranE A cautA sA se rA scumpere prin iubire.De la nceputul de o stranie frumuseE e la finalul impresionant, iatA o poveste sfE ietoare, E esutA cu mA iestrie."e; - Literary ReviewFlanagan insuflA acestei poveE ti australiene o sensibilitate est-europeanA la Milan Kundera... SA baE i din palme cu o singurA mnA este un roman menit sA devinA clasic."e; - Sunday Herald SunObsedant E i de neuitat."e; - The Canberra Times

The Australian Disease: On The Decline Of Love And The Rise Of Non-Freedom:Short Black 1

The Australian Disease: On The Decline Of Love And The Rise Of Non-Freedom:Short Black 1

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/09/2015

'Non-freedom to the Western mind is inevitably linked with images of backwardness - Soviet tractors, East German Trabants, Kim Jong Il's haircut. But non-freedom these days is also iPads, iPhones and a dazzling array of less iconic but ubiquitous consumer goods that flood our stores, our homes and which increasingly are used to define our ideas of worth and happiness. It is a full-lipped smile achieved with the aid of collagen made from skin flensed from dead Chinese convicts.' The Australian Disease is Richard Flanagan's perceptive, hilarious, searing expose of the conformity that afflicts our public life. From Weary Dunlop to Vassily Grossman, from David Hicks to Craig Thomson, Flanagan takes us on a wildly entertaining and unsettling trip. If we are to find hope, he says, we must take our compass more from ourselves and less from the powerful.

O cale-ngusta spre nordul indepartat

O cale-ngusta spre nordul indepartat

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: eBook Release Date: 25/08/2015

În mijlocul lagarului de prizonieri de razboi condamnati sa construiasca o cale ferata între Birmania si Thailanda, cunoscuta cu denumirea Calea ferata a mortii, chirurgul Dorrigo Evans, comandantul lagarului, este torturat de povestea de dragoste pe care a trait-o cu tânara sotie a unchiului sau cu doi ani în urma. În stradania lui de a-si salva oamenii de înfometare, de holera, de persecutii, Dorrigo primeste o scrisoare care îi schimba pentru totdeauna cursul vietii.O poveste despre dragoste E i moarte cu multiplele lor faE ete, despre rA zboi E i despre adevA r, în care eroul îE i trA ieE te experienE a de viaE A numai pentru a descoperi tot ceea ce a pierdut.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/03/2015

Winner of The Man Booker Prize 2014.  Forever after, there were for them only two sorts of men: the men who were on the Line, and the rest of humanity, who were not. In the despair of a Japanese Pow camp on the Burma Death Railway, surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever. Hailed as a masterpiece, Richard Flanagan's epic novel tells the unforgettable story of one man's reckoning with the truth.   One of our Books of the Year 2014.

Narrow Road to the Deep North

Narrow Road to the Deep North

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: eBook Release Date: 23/09/2013

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2014. A novel of the cruelty of war, tenuousness of life and the impossibility of love.August, 1943. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever. This savagely beautiful novel is a story about the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.'The Narrow Road to the Deep North is a big, magnificent novel of passion and horror and tragic irony. Its scope, its themes and its people all seem to grow richer and deeper in significance with the progress of the story, as it moves to its extraordinary resolution. It's by far the best new novel I've read in ages.' - Patrick McGrath 'Magnificent.' -- Michael Gorra, The New York Times'Beyond comparison . . . an immense achievement . . . Wilfred Owen wrote of his Great War verse: "e;My subject is war, and the pity of war. The poetry is in the pity."e; Flanagan's triumph is to find poetry without any pity at all.' - Geordie Williamson, The Australian'A story of war and star-crossed lovers, the novel is also a profound meditation on life and time, memory and forgetting . . . a magnificent achievement.' - Katharine England, Adelaide Advertiser'A masterpiece . . . The Narrow Road is an extraordinary piece of writing and a high point in an already distinguished career.' - Michael Williams, The Guardian

Out of a Wild Sea

Out of a Wild Sea

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2013

This essay is taken from Richard Flanagan's acclaimed collection of nonfiction pieces, And What Do You Do, Mr Gable?, published in Vintage. 'Maybe if the weather had been different we would have made it. No one had predicted anything like the force-nine gale that turned a calm ocean into a liquid earthquake.'A near-fatal kayak trip across the Bass Strait with a friend has author Richard Flanagan contemplating memory and dreams, childhood visions, and the things that really matter in life.

Out of a Wild Sea (Storycuts)

Out of a Wild Sea (Storycuts)

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: eBook Release Date: 12/03/2012

This essay is taken from Richard Flanagan's acclaimed collection of nonfiction pieces, And What Do You Do, Mr Gable?, published in Vintage. 'Maybe if the weather had been different we would have made it. No one had predicted anything like the force-nine gale that turned a calm ocean into a liquid earthquake.'A near-fatal kayak trip across the Bass Strait with a friend has author Richard Flanagan contemplating memory and dreams, childhood visions, and the things that really matter in life.

Sound Of One Hand Clapping

Sound Of One Hand Clapping

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2011

From the winner of the Man Booker Prize. One of the most-loved and biggest-selling literary novels in Australian history.In the winter of 1954, in a construction camp in the remote Tasmanian highlands, when Sonja Buloh was three years old and her father was drinking too much, Sonja's mother walked into a blizzard never to return. Some thirty-five years later, when Sonja visits Tasmania and her drunkard father, the shadows of the past begin to intrude ever more forcefully into the present - changing for ever his living death and her ordered life... The Sound of One Hand Clapping is about the underbelly of Australia, the barbarism of Europe, and the destiny of those in the country beyond hope who seek to redeem themselves through love. 'Heart-wrenching and beautifully written... A rare and remarkable achievement' -- Los Angeles Times

Gould's Book Of Fish

Gould's Book Of Fish

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2011

From the winner of the Man Booker Prize 2014, his Commonwealth Writers' Prize-winning novel.Once upon a time that was called 1828, before all fishes in the sea and all living things on the land were destroyed, there was a man named William Buelow Gould, a white convict who fell in love with a black woman and discovered too late that to love is not safe. Silly Billy Gould, invader of Australia, liar, murderer & forger, condemned to the most feared penal colony in the British Empire and there ordered to paint a book of fish. Once upon a time, there were miracles... 'A work of significant genius' -- Chicago Tribune

Death Of A River Guide

Death Of A River Guide

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2011

From the winner of the Man Booker Prize. Death of a River Guide, Richard Flanagan's debut novel, is widely regarded as a classic in Australian literature.Beneath a waterfall on the Franklin, Aljaz Cosini, river guide, lies drowning. Beset by visions at once horrible and fabulous, he relives not just his own life but that of his family and forebears. In the rainforest waters that rush over him he sees those lives stripped of their surface realities, and finds a world where dreaming reasserts its power over thinking. As the river rises, his visions grow more turbulent, and in the flood of his past Aljaz discovers the soul history of his country. Richard Flanagan's 1994 debut about a mythical Tasmania dazzled readers around the world, and is now recognised as one of the most powerful and original Australian novels of recent decades. 'Very, very beautiful' -- Baltimore Sun

Unknown Terrorist

Unknown Terrorist

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2011

From the winner of the Man Booker Prize. What would you do if you turned on the television and saw you were the most wanted terrorist in the country? Gina Davies is about to find out. After spending a night with an attractive stranger, she has become a prime suspect in the investigation of an attempted terrorist attack. When police find three unexploded bombs at a stadium and her enigmatic lover suddenly goes missing, Gina spends five days on the run and witnesses every truth of her life twisted into a betrayal. The Unknown Terrorist is a relentless tour de force that paints a devastating picture of a contemporary society gone haywire, where the ceaseless drumbeat of terror-alert levels, newsbreaks, and fear of the unknown pushes one woman ever closer to breaking point. This is an extraordinary achievement, chilling, impossible to put down, and all too familiar. 'A masterpiece' -- Washington Times

And What Do You Do, Mr Gable?

And What Do You Do, Mr Gable?

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: eBook Release Date: 31/08/2011

From the winner of the Man Booker Prize. The collected short pieces of nonfiction from one of Australia's best novelists.'And what do you do, Mr Faulkner?' asked Clark Gable after being introduced to William Faulkner at a party. 'I write,' replied Faulkner. 'And what do you do, Mr Gable?' Collected here for the first time are the very best of Richard Flanagan's wide-ranging, free-wheeling writings on everything from directing film and writing novels to a near fatal kayak trip; from baking bread to bushfires to art to war; from Kosovar refugees on the run to Jorge Luis Borges to his celebrated essay on the rape of Tasmania's forests, credited as a key to halting Gunns' two billion dollar pulp mill. Sparkling, moving and always surprising, this is exhilarating reading from one of Australia's best writers.

Wanting

Wanting

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2011

From the winner of the Man Booker Prize. The bestselling, universally lauded novel of desire and its denial from acclaimed writer Richard Flanagan.It is 1839. A young Aboriginal girl, Mathinna, is running through the long wet grass of an island at the end of the world to get help for her dying father, an Aboriginal chieftain. Twenty years later, on an island at the centre of the world, the most famous novelist of the day, Charles Dickens, realises he is about to abandon his wife, risk his name and forever after be altered because of his inability any longer to control his intense passion. Connecting the two events are the most celebrated explorer of the age, Sir John Franklin - then governor of Van Diemen's Land - and his wife, Lady Jane, who adopt Mathinna, seen as one of the last of a dying race, as an experiment. Lady Jane believes the distance between savagery and civilisation is the learned capacity to control wanting. The experiment fails, Sir John disappears into the blue ice of the Arctic seeking the Northwest Passage, and a decade later Lady Jane enlists Dickens's aid to put an end to the scandalous suggestions that Sir John's expedition ended in cannibalism. Dickens becomes ever more entranced in the story of men entombed in ice, recognising in its terrible image his own frozen inner life. He produces and stars in a play inspired by Franklin's fate to give story to his central belief that discipline and will can conquer desire. And yet the play will bring him to the point where he is no longer able to control his own passion and the consequences it brings. Inspired by historical events, Wanting is a novel about art, love, and the way in which life is finally determined never by reason, but only ever by wanting.

Parish-Fed Bastards A History of the Politics of the Unemployed in Britain, 1884-1939

Parish-Fed Bastards A History of the Politics of the Unemployed in Britain, 1884-1939

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/10/1991

This volume breaks tradition with previous studies of the unemployed in Britain. It offers a history highlighting the active political nature of the unemployed, rather than a depiction of them as passive victims of the system whose existence signals economic decline and social injustice. Beginning with the first appearance of the jobless as a political group in 1884, Richard Flanagan reduces large amounts of available information on their activities-- outlining the major points that define the nature of the politics of the unemployed, discussing their troubled leadership, and documenting the government's response to their efforts through the end of the National Unemployment Workers' Movement in 1939. Curious as to why much of the information about Britain's unemployed has been overlooked, Flanagan lifts the literature on the subject out of what he considers to be a largely fictionalized view by presenting a factual, historically relevant account examining the unemployed in relation to their society, past and present, and how they were able to overcome their diversity at certain times of crisis to form a single political voice and gain some control over their lives. The study reaches beyond the immediate subject, as its conclusions reflect upon the connection between unemployment and any industrialized society, the viability of certain solutions to the conflicts between classes, and most importantly, the political influence that even the most disadvantaged can exert if encouraged to take an active role in their future.

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