BOOKS

Death Of A River Guide

Richard Flanagan

RRP: £8.99

12 February 2004

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781843542193

THE WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2014’S MAGNIFICENT FIRST NOVEL

Beneath a waterfall on the Franklin, Aljaz Cosini, river guide, lies drowning. Beset by visions at once horrible and fabulous, he relives not just his own life but that of his family and forebears. In the rainforest waters that rush over him he sees those lives stripped bare of their surface realities, and finds a world where dreaming reasserts its power over thinking. As the river rises his visions grow more turbulent, and in the flood of the past Aljaz discovers the soul of his country.

REVIEWS

This first novel combines the narrative ingenuity of Golding's Pincher Martin with the imaginative detail of De Bernieres' Captain Corelli. It's a torrent of a book - take the plunge
Independent

Death of a River Guide defies superlatives. It is that rare commodity - a wonderful fiction which has pace, depth of feeling, and infinite imaginative possibilities
Scotland on Sunday

One of the most auspicious debuts in Australian writing
TLS

Combines a rich voice, highly original, with great invention and engrossing narrative pace... very, very good indeed
Thomas Keneally

Richard Flanagan's first novel could well become a classic, doing for Tasmania what Gabriel Garcia Márquez did for Colombia or William Faulkner did for Mississippi
Mercury (Tasmania)