Richard Flanagan

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Richard Flanagan (2013)

Richard Miller Flanagan (* 1961 in Longford , Tasmania ) is an Australian writer .


Richard Flanagan is the fifth of six children of an Irish Catholic family who settled in Tasmania in 1849. His father was a teacher and was used during the Second World War in Japanese captivity in the construction of the Thai-Burma death railway . Flanagan grew up in the village of Rosebery . He was educated in state schools until he left school at 16 and worked in the Australian bush. However, Flanagan took up his education again, went on a Rhodes Scholarship to Worcester College at the University of Oxford and completed his history here in 1991.

Flanagan is married with three children and currently resides in Hobart , Tasmania.

He has published six novels so far. The book Gould's Book of Fish won the 2002 Commonwealth Writers' Prize . In 2014 he received the Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North , on which he had worked for twelve years .



  • Death of a River Guide , 1994
  • The Sound of One Hand Clapping , 1997
    • At the beginning of memory , 1998
  • Gould's Book of Fish , 2001
  • The Unknown Terrorist , 2006
  • Wanting , 2008
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North , 2013
  • First person . Chatto & Windus, 2017


  • A Terrible Beauty: History of the Gordon River Country (1985)
  • The Rest of the World is Watching (1990), as co-editor


Flanagan wrote the script and directed The Sound of one Hand Clapping , based on his novel of the same name. The film premiered at the 1998 Berlinale and was nominated for the Golden Bear for Best Film.

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Individual evidence

  1. a b Wieland Freund : One life is not enough for that . Interview, in: The Literary World , January 9, 2016, p. 4
  2. Slap me in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung on January 10, 2016, page 44