BOOKS: Richard Flanagan's newest book, First Person, is available in September.
BOOKS: Richard Flanagan's newest book, First Person, is available in September. Penguin Random House

Prize winning Richard Flanagan's compelling new novel

WHAT is the truth? In this blistering story of a ghost-writer haunted by his demonic subject, the Man Booker Prize winner Richard Flanagan turns to lies, crime and literature with devastating effect.

Written from the perspective of reality TV producer, Kif Kehlmann, First Person is Kif's recollection of how as a young, penniless writer he agreed to ghost-write the memoir of a notorious con man, Ziggy Heidl, who has defrauded the banks of $700m.

But as the work gets underway, Kif begins to fear that he is being corrupted by the con man.

Is he ghost-writing a memoir or is Ziggy rewriting him?

In this blistering story of a ghost-writer haunted by his demonic subject, Flanagan uses aspects of his own autobiography to mock the memoir genre, turning to lies, crime and literature with devastating effect.

Richard Flanagan: First Person is published by Penguin and available hardback and ebook. RRP $39.99.


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