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Richard Flanagan In Conversation with Phillip Adams

First published September 19

State Cinema Bookstore presents:

Richard Flanagan In Conversation with Phillip Adams

In his first public Tasmanian event since winning the 2014 Booker Prize, Richard will be speaking about his highly anticipated new novel First Person.

Friday 29th September, 6.30pm
Farrall Centre Friends’ School (395) Argyle St Campus, North Hobart
Admission $20, doors open 5.30pm

Pre-signed copies of First Person will be available at special event prices and Richard will be signing after speaking. Fine Tasmanian wines and beers will be available for purchase.

This rare Tasmanian appearance by Richard Flanagan is expected to sell out quickly, so click the session time below to book now.


What is the truth? 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 effect

Kif Kehlmann, a young penniless writer, 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 of $700 million, Heidl offers Kehlmann the job of ghostwriting his memoir. He has six weeks to write the book, for which he’ll be paid $10,000.

But 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 more unsure if he is ghostwriting 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 Siegfried Heidl – and who is Kif Kehlmann?

As time runs out, one question looms above all others: what is the truth?

By turns compelling, comic, and chilling, this is a haunting journey into the heart of our age.


Richard Flanagan was born in Tasmania in 1961. His novels Death of a River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Gould’s Book of Fish, The Unknown Terrorist, Wanting and The Narrow Road to the Deep North have received numerous honours and are published in 42 countries. He won the Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North in 2014.


Phillip Adams is an Australian humanist, social commentator, broadcaster, public intellectual and farmer. He hosts an ABC Radio National program, Late Night Live, four nights a week, and writes a weekly column for The Australian.

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  1. Lynne Newington

    September 28, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    A complimentary article sent to me on Richard today in the Newcastle Herald. http://www.theherald.com.au/story/4947060/richard-flanagan-the-writer-who-never-had-a-plan-b/?cs=12

  2. Simon Warriner

    September 23, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Lynne, I agree with your assessment of his ability to get across a subject and explore it. He is certainly good at that. It is just that he chooses to not explore some aspects of some issues and that is why the range of perspectives is so informative. Not paying attention to that can leave one thinking silly stuff, like that Hillary was going to win, or that the Russians were responsible for Trump’s win.


  3. Lynne Newington

    September 23, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    For one thing Simon – in my opinion – he knows what he’s talking about and has an interesting and insightful way of sharing it.

  4. Simon Warriner

    September 23, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Adams came to my attention late in my life and I was for a short while a bit of a fan, but my attendance at a discussion he hosted at the Burnie Civic Centre cured me of that. Subsequent attentive listening to his copious output confirmed what I observed on that evening.

    He is interested in presenting the perspectives he agrees with and not so much in a search for the truth, which requires considering the broadest range of perspectives possible. Not to say he is not a brilliant conversationalist with an agreeable protagonist, but just that he ain’t quite as compelling as Lynne seems to think.

  5. Lynne Newington

    September 20, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    I’m given the Magazine lift out of the Weekend Australian just to read his contribution on page 58……….Yours Faithfully sometime ago, lets everyone know he misses the old traditional letter writing, then a history lesson on the Romans mail service and Augustus…….
    Always something to learn.

  6. William Boeder

    September 20, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Wonderfully said Lynne, with these 2 persons together is to learn the art of the most fascinating and fruitful conversation.

    I began reading the written narratives of Phillip Adams,……… oh dear, let me try and recall, yes must be since some 40 years plus ago.

  7. Lynne Newington

    September 19, 2017 at 2:25 am

    Anything with Phillip Adams name attached is guaranteed a not-to-be-missed occasion and with the combination of the two……
    Lucky Tasmania.

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