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Richard Flanagan
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First Person

Richard Flanagan


knopf australia

Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


480 pages

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ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— A struggling would be novelist, Kif Kehlmann, is given the opportunity to ghost write the memoir of Australia’s most wanted con-man, Siegfried Heidl. As Kif begins work on the book, Heidl becomes more and more evasive taunting Kif with well deployed psychological games. Loosley based on Flanagan’s own experience of ghosting infamous fraudster John Friedrich’s biography, this is a darkly comic yet equally disturbing read as Kif slowly struggles to hang on to his own personality and resist submitting to Heidl’s stronger will. A gripping read from the 2014 Man Booker Prize winner. Greg Waldron


The new novel from Australia's Man Booker Prize winning author Richard Flanagan.

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.

By:   Richard Flanagan
Imprint:   knopf australia
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 241mm,  Width: 163mm,  Spine: 41mm
Weight:   748g
ISBN:   9780143787242
ISBN 10:   0143787241
Pages:   480
Publication Date:   October 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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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