Portrait of Martin Flanagan

Martin Flanagan

Martin Flanagan is the author of 13 books, including The Call, an imaginative reconstruction of the life of Tom Wills, the founder of Australian football, which was adapted into a stage play for Malthouse Theatre in 2004.

Martin’s other books include a collection of poetry, two collections of his newspaper writing and an autobiographical novel, Going Away. One of his more recent books is The Line, which he co-wrote with his 91-year-old father, Arch Flanagan, based on Arch’s experience of the Burma Railway.

Martin was born in Tasmania in 1955 and graduated in law from the University of Tasmania in 1975. He has two daughters and two granddaughters and lives in Melbourne, where he writes for the Age on sport and politics, Australian culture and the relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.

He is currently working on a book about Aboriginal footballer Michael Long and a TV series based on his novel, The Call.