Richard Flanagan in conversation with Kerry O’Brien
In his first visit to Byron Bay since winning the Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan will chat with Kerry O’Brien about his haunting new novel First Person.
Join us for an evening of intimate conversation as Richard Flanagan takes us to the edge of our seats with his latest novel First Person.
Written in the style of a memoir, inspired by his own experience, but very firmly a work of fiction, First Person is a comment on the ‘cult of memoir’ that he sees growing within literature, particularly in the American market – the proliferation of the idea that the only authentic way to write about the world is through autobiography.
When: Tuesday 10 Ocotober, 6:00 – 7.00pm Where: Byron Theatre, 69 Jonson St, Byron Bay Tickets: $30 Members / $35 General
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About the book
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 ghostwriting 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 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?
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.
Praise for First Person
‘Richard Flanagan has given us a sly, razor-sharp novel about truth, power, and the very nature of writing. It’s a core-shaking commentary on the world we live in, and a book only Richard could have written. His command and range are on full display here.’
– Diana Miller, Senior Editor at Alfred A Knopf (USA)
About the Author
Richard Flanagan was born in Tasmania in 1961. His novels Death of a River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Gould’s Book of Fish, The Unknown Terrorist, Wanting and The Narrow Road to the Deep North have received numerous honours and are published in 42 countries. He won the Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North in 2014.