Sam Leith

Books Podcast: Richard Flanagan

Books Podcast: Richard Flanagan
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This week in the books podcast I’m talking to Richard Flanagan, the Man Booker prize winning author of Gould’s Book of Fish and The Narrow Road to the Deep North, about his new novel First Person.Drawing on Richard’s own experience of working as the ghostwriter for a celebrated con-man, First Person tells the story of a struggling young literary writer brought in to help write the memoir of a man who scammed Australia’s banks and public institutions out of millions. I talk to Richard about fiction and lies, what it means to be an Aussie writer now, post-Booker madness, Flaubert’s despair… and why North American writing really isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

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