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Richard Flanagan Richard Flanagan i(A10641 works by)
Born: Established: 1961 Longford, Northern Midlands, Midlands, Tasmania, ;
Gender: Male
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BiographyHistory

Richard Flanagan was the fifth of six children. He was educated at state schools, leaving school at the age of sixteen to work as a labourer in the bush. He later returned to further his education at the University of Tasmania and went on to win a Rhodes Scholarship.

In addition to his novels, which have won both national and international acclaim, Flanagan has also published a history of the Tasmanian Green Movement , The Rest of the World Is Watching (1990), with Cassandra Pybus, A Terrible Beauty: History of the Gordon River Country (1985) and On the Mountain (1996), a pictorial and natural history of Mount Wellington, with Jamie Kirkpatrick and photographs by Peter Dombrovskis.

Flanagan's 2014 novel, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, won the Man Booker Prize. It was also awarded the Prime Minister's Prize for fiction in 2014 alongside Steven Carroll's A World of Other People. He donated the $40,000 to the Indigenous Literacy Fund, saying 'If just one of those children in turn becomes a writer, if just one brings to Australia and to the world an idea of the universe that arises out of that glorious lineage of 60,000 years of Australian civilisation, then I will think this prize has rewarded not just me, but us all.'

In 2017, Flanagan withdrew his novels from consideration for the 2018 Miles Franklin Award and any future Miles Franklin Awards.

Exhibitions

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Most Referenced Works

Notes

  • In 2016 Flanagan was appointed as the Boisbouvier Founding Chair in Australian Literature at The University of Melbourne.

  • Voted number 28 in the Booktopia Top 50 Favourite Australian Authors for 2018

  • Other works not individually indexed include:

    Seize the Fire : Three Speeches (Penguin Random House Australia, 2018)

    Toxic: The Rotting Underbelly of the Tasmanian Salmon Industry (2021)

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Living Sea of Waking Dreams Melbourne : Penguin , 2020 19615971 2020 single work novel

'In a world of perennial fire and growing extinctions, Anna's aged mother is dying—if her three children would just allow it. Condemned by their pity to living she increasingly escapes through her hospital window into visions of horror and delight.

'When Anna's finger vanishes and a few months later her knee disappears, Anna too feels the pull of the window. She begins to see that all around her others are similarly vanishing, but no one else notices. All Anna can do is keep her mother alive. But the window keeps opening wider, taking Anna and the reader ever deeper into a strangely beautiful novel about hope and love and orange-bellied parrots.

'An ember storm of a novel, this is Booker Prize-winning novelist Richard Flanagan at his most moving—and astonishing—best.' (Publication summary)

2021 longlisted APA Book Design Awards Best Designed Literary Fiction Book designed by Adam Laszczuk
2021 shortlisted Indie Awards Fiction
2021 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction
y separately published work icon First Person Melbourne : Penguin Random House Australia , 2017 10929917 2017 single work novel

'First Person, Flanagan’s first novel since winning the Man Booker Prize in 2014, is inspired by Flanagan’s real-life experience ghost-writing the memoir of Australian conman Johann Friedrich Hohenberger.

'The novel is written in the first person by reality TV producer Kif Kehlman and details how Kif, as a younger, penniless writer unable to finish his first novel, agrees to ghost write the memoir of a notorious con man, Ziggy Heidl, who has defrauded the banks of $700 million.

'As work gets underway, Kif begins to fear that he is being corrupted by the con man and grows ever more uncertain as to whether he is ghost writing a memoir, or if Ziggy Heidl is rewriting him.

'At the novel’s heart is a question: what is the truth?' (Publication summary)

2019 longlisted Tasmania Book Prizes Margaret Scott Prize
2019 longlisted International Awards International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
2018 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Fiction
2018 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Literary Fiction Book of the Year
2018 longlisted Indie Awards Fiction
y separately published work icon The Narrow Road to the Deep North Sydney : Random House , 2013 Z1928536 2013 single work novel historical fiction (taught in 5 units)

'A novel of the cruelty of war, and 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.' (Publisher's blurb)

2015 winner Tasmania Book Prizes Margaret Scott Prize
2015 longlisted Tasmania Book Prizes Tasmania Book Prize
2015 shortlisted International Awards International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
2014 winner Queensland Literary Awards Fiction Book Award
2014 joint winner Prime Minister's Literary Awards Fiction With Steven Carroll's A World of Other People.
2014 winner Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Premier's Prize
2014 winner Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Fiction
2014 winner International Awards The Booker Prize
2014 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Literary Fiction Book of the Year
2014 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
2014 shortlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award
2014 winner Indie Awards Book of the Year
2014 winner Indie Awards Fiction
2014 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Fiction
2013 shortlisted Colin Roderick Award
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