Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan is the author of three novels which have all been published to international acclaim: Death of a River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping and Gould's Book of Fish. His latest novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North won the Man Booker Prize 2014. He lives with his family in West Hobart, Tasmania.



A seamless masterpiece
Peter Carty, Independent on Sunday

I urge you to read it
Robert MacFarlane, Observer

A truly great book that will be read by serious people long after most of the literary fiction of our time is forgotten
Richard Holloway, Sunday Herald

A masterpiece
John Burnside, The Times

Hugely original
Alex Clark, The Guardian

Gould's Book of Fish is a novel about fish the way Ulysses is a novel about the events of a single day
Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

A strange and amazing book
Alex Linklater, Prospect

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

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

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)

A tightly riveted, almost classic thriller. The narrative pace is fast, the characters deftly honed... This is a damn good story delivered with the glittering prose that only the rage of just moral anger can achieve.Rachel Holmes
The Times

A thriller of genuine importance... fired by passionate concern.Toby Clements
Daily Telegraph

A searing depiction of how bigotry feasts on rumour and prejudice... To have achieved this feat inside a razor-sharp narrative, with humour and a keen eye for the ironies of politics... is nothing short of brilliance.James Wood
Scotland on Sunday

Funny, filmic and gripping.Sophie Ratcliffe
Daily Mail

As accessible and timely as they come - an intense and thoughtful thriller set in a paranoid Sydney ablaze with terrorism fever.Jonathan Gibbs

A terrific novel, maintained at fever heat.James Buchan

It grips from the very first page and forces you to read on to its explosive, tragic climax... This is a carefully patterned novel, full of surprises, that paints a devastating picture of the world today. It may be set on the other side of the planet but the punches it packs hit home - hard.Mark Sanderson
Sunday Telegraph

Read this novel now, before it's too late for any of us to understand its message.
James Wood, Scotland on Sunday