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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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Published: 1st August 2011
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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.

Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan was born in Longford, Tasmania, in 1961. He is descended from Irish convicts transported to Van Diemen’s Land in the 1840s. His father is a survivor of the Burma Death Railway. One of his three brothers is Australian Rules football journalist Martin Flanagan. He grew up in the remote mining town of Rosebery on Tasmania’s western coast.

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 twenty-six countries.

He directed a feature film version of The Sound Of One Hand Clapping. A collection of his essays is published as And What Do You Do, Mr Gable?

His latest book The Narrow Road to the Deep North won the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

Visit Richard Flanagan's Booktopia Author Page


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