Richard Flanagan was born in Longford, Tasmania, in 1961. His novels Death of a River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Gould’s Book of Fish, The Unknown Terrorist and Wanting have received numerous honours and have been published in 26 countries. He directed a feature film version of The Sound of One Hand Clapping and worked with Baz Luhrmann as a writer on the feature film Australia. A collection of his essays is published as And What Do You Do, Mr Gable? His new novel is The Narrow Road to the Deep North.