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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. One part Faust, one part thriller, one part a memoir of a man who once wrote a memoir, and all wholly Richard Flanagan.

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.


When: Tuesday 10 October, 6:00pm – 7.00pm
Where: Elements of Byron, Bayshore Drive, Byron Bay
Tickets: $20 Members / $25 General

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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 and 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 banks of $700 million, Heidl offers Kehlmann $10,000 to ghostwrite 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 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.

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.

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