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And What Do You Do, Mr Gable? : Short Pieces - Richard Flanagan

And What Do You Do, Mr Gable?

Short Pieces

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The collected short pieces of nonfiction from one of Australia’s pre-eminent novelists.

'And what do you do, Mr Faulkner?' asked Clark Gable after being introduced to William Faulkner at a party.

'I write,' replied Faulkner. 'And what do you do, Mr Gable?'

Collected here for the first time are the very best of Richard Flanagan's wide-ranging, free-wheeling writings on everything from directing film and writing novels to a near fatal kayak trip; from baking bread to bushfires to art to war; from Kosovar refugees on the run to Jorge Luis Borges to his celebrated essay on the rape of Tasmania's forests, credited as a key to halting Gunns' two billion dollar pulp mill.

Sparkling, moving and always surprising, this is exhilarating reading from one of Australia's best writers.

About the Author

Richard Flanagan was born in Tasmania in 1961. Regarded internationally as one of Australia’s pre-eminent novelists, his multi-award-winning novels, DEATH OF A RIVER GUIDE, THE SOUND OF ONE HAND CLAPPING, GOULD’S BOOK OF FISH and THE UNKNOWN TERRORIST have been published to popular success and critical acclaim in twenty-five countries. His most recent book, WANTING, won the 2009 QLD Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction, the 2008 WA Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction, was a 2008 New Yorker Notable Book, 2008 Library Journal Notable Book, 2008 London Observer Book of the Year, and 2008 Washington Post Book of the Year. It was also shortlisted for the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award. He directed a feature film version of THE SOUND OF ONE HAND CLAPPING and collaborated with Baz Luhrmann on the script for Luhrmann’s blockbuster AUSTRALIA. He lives in Hobart with his family.

ISBN: 9781742752723
ISBN-10: 1742752721
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st September 2011
Publisher: Random House Australia
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.28

Richard Flanagan

Descended from Irish convicts transported to Van Diemens Land (later renamed Tasmania) during the Great Famine, Richard Flanagan was born in his native island in 1961, the fifth of six children. He spent his childhood in the mining town of Rosebery and left school at sixteen to work as a bush laborer. He later attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. His first novel is the much celebrated Death of a River Guide (available from Grove Press), which won major Australian literary prizes including the 1996 National Fiction Award and was described by the Times Literary Supplement as "one of the most auspicious debuts in Australian writing."

His second novel, The Sound of One Hand Clapping (available from Grove Press), was similarly critically acclaimed and has sold over 150,000 copies in Australia, an unprecedented figure there for a literary novel. It won the Australian Booksellers Book of the Year Award and the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction. Flanagan's first two novels, declared Kirkus Reviews, "rank with the finest fiction out of Australia since the heyday of Patrick White." Gould's Book of Fish, his third novel, won Best Book for the 2002 Commonwealth Writers Prize in the South East Asia & South Pacific Region.

In addition to Australia and the USA, his novels are being published in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Sweden, Britain, Germany, Holland, and France. He directed an acclaimed feature film based on The Sound of One Hand Clapping, which had its world premiere in competition at the 1998 Berlin Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Golden Bear for best film. He lives in Tasmania with his wife and three children.

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