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First Person Six weeks to write for your life 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 effectA young and penniless writer, Kif Kehlmann, 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 ofmillion, Heidl proposes a deal , for Kehlmann to ghost write his memoir in six weeksBut 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 unsure if he is ghost writing 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 Seigfried Heidl and who is Kif Kehlmann By turns compelling, comic, and chilling, First Person is a haunting journey into the heart of our age

About the Author: Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan born 1961 is an author, historian and film director from Tasmania, Australia He was president of the Tasmania University Union and a Rhodes Scholar Each of his novels has attracted major praise His first, Death of a River Guide 1994 , was short listed for the Miles Franklin Award, as were his next two, The Sound of One Hand Clapping 1997 and Gould s Book of Fish 2001 His earlier, non fiction titles include books about the Gordon River, student issues, and the story of conman John Friedrich.Two of his novels are set on the West Coast of Tasmania where he lived in the township of Rosebery as a child Death of a River Guide relates to the Franklin River, Gould s Book of Fish to the Macquarie Harbour Penal Station, and The Sound of One Hand Clapping to the Hydro settlements in the Central Highlands of Tasmania.

10 thoughts on “First Person

  1. Paromjit Paromjit says:

    Richard Flanagan has written a smart, comic and intelligent satirical fable for our era, set in Australia To some extent it is a blend of fact and fiction that draws on the author s well known experience of ghost writing a memoir for a con man in the 1990s Flanagan mocks a

  2. Phrynne Phrynne says:

    One of those books you can easily expect to appear on a literary prize list beautiful prose, many pages spent pondering the thoughts and beliefs of the main character and a lot going on that I did not understand Not understanding parts of it is, I am sure, my problem not the author

  3. Sara Sara says:

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review I loved the premise for this a penniless writer is promised 10,000 to ghost write the memoirs of a notorious criminal in six weeks Part thriller, part literary introspective study and autobiography, what follows was an interest

  4. Hugh Hugh says:

    An intriguing hybrid of satire and counterfactual autobiography that turns out to be both dark and surprisingly profound, while remaining something of a page turner.The central character Kif Kehlmann is, like the young Flanagan, a Tasmanian writer struggling to fund his first novel with casual work

  5. Michael Robotham Michael Robotham says:

    This is a beautifully written book My copy is dog eared countless times at pages where the prose took my breath away At the same time, I found it quite a bleak, harrowing read The descent into madness The poverty The loss of love It is a painful parable for the age of Trump and reality TV.

  6. Gumble& Gumble& says:

    Richard Flanagan was the 2014 winner of the Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North, a book inspired by his own father s harrowing experiences, but one on which I had mixed views, concerned at characters that seem to barely rise above clichand a topic that really did nothing that hasn t already been done i

  7. Trin Trin says:

    Australian men do man things The men are so manly with their man problems Occasionally there is an incidental woman who is hugely pregnant like a whale, or has an evilly lipsticked mouth, or who likes to take selfies But what of the MEN How will they manage to create REAL ART when also struggling with all the pressures of bei

  8. Meike Meike says:

    It s a very strange time where fictions are presented to us as realities, where reality seems fictional, and it seems to me there s no better way to write about that than to write a story about what lies are, what fiction is, and to use the form of the novel to do it This is how Richard Flanagan himself sums up what his new novel is a

  9. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    Ghostwriting what a thankless task After countless hours of subsuming the self in another s life story and personality, you get hardly any credit, not even a byline But for Kif Kehlmann, the narrator of Flanagan s seventh novel, it s a quick route to some cash Unfortunately for Kif, his subject, conman Siegfried Heidl, is extremely unforthcomi

  10. Ace Ace says:

    First Person by Richard FlanaganWhen you are a struggling writer, and you haven t actually written anything, or published a book there is probably only a few job offers that you would refuse When a con man and fraudster waiting on trial calls you and asks you to ghost write his memoirs in 6 weeks prior to the start of his trial , for 10K, it is a hard

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