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Richard Flanagan
Born in Longford, Tasmania, in 1961, Richard Flanagan made his debut with the novel Death of a River Guide (1994). His other works include Gould’s Book of Fish (2001) and The Unknown Terrorist (2006), the latter a thriller driven by the paranoid new reality of the post 9/11 world. He contributed to the screenplay for the film Australia, which starred Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. The Narrow Road to the Deep North (2013), also due out in Brazil, is his most recent novel and focuses on the construction of a railway in Burma. Commissioned by the Japanese government for the transport of its troops during the Second World War, the railway was built by the forced labour of prisoners of war – among whom was Flanagan’s father, to whom the novel is dedicated. It was awarded the 2014 Man Booker Prize.

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