Richard Flanagan: The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Richard Flanagan’s novels have won national awards and worldwide acclaim, while his social justice journalism has galvanised public opinion – and sparked social movements. In fact and fiction alike, Flanagan is one of our foremost ambassadors of ideas. Here, he’s joined in conversation by Ramona Koval for an intimate exploration of the process and ideas behind his latest book, The Narrow Road to the Deep North.
Flanagan’s highly anticipated sixth novel is about the cruelty of war, the tenuousness of life and the impossibility of love.
As one day in a Japanese slave labour camp builds to its horrific climax, Dorrigo Evans battles and fails in his quest to save the lives of his fellow POWs, a man is killed for no reason, and a love story unfolds.
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.
Ramona Koval is a writer, journalist, broadcaster and editor. She is an Honorary Fellow at the centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne.