Richard Flanagan: ‘Fiction is not a lie, but a truth, a necessary truth’

The Booker prize winner on his new novel and why it’s not always possible to separate fact from fiction

Richard Flanagan won the Man Booker prize in 2014 for The Narrow Road to the Deep North. In First Person, would-be novelist Kif finds himself embarking on the ghostwriting job from hell.

This is a very different novel to The Narrow Road. Was that always the plan?
Plan? I had no plan. First Person is the book I began before the Booker and which I finished after, while at the same time, trying to surf the mudslide that the Booker brings on without falling off and being buried alive.

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