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Richard Flanagan: Question 7

‘I wasn’t really looking towards literary models. I was interested in the way we create stories, but we’re also created by stories.’ – Richard Flanagan.

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Richard Flanagan’s masterful new novel Question 7 is his most personal book yet: a tribute to his parents and to his island home of Tasmania, and a hypnotic melding of dream, history, place and memory.

Beginning with Flanagan’s father’s imprisonment near Hiroshima when the atom bomb was dropped, Question 7 traces a chain reaction of events, from the turbulent romance between literary giants H.G. Wells and Rebecca West, to the intricate world of 1930s and 40s nuclear physics, to a young Flanagan trapped on a perilous Tasmanian river rapid.

One of Australia’s most revered novelists, Flanagan was awarded the Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North and the Commonwealth Prize for Gould’s Book of Fish.

He joins host Astrid Edwards to discuss Question 7’s unique blend of history, fiction and autofiction, and its examination of the stories we construct about ourselves and others.



This event was presented in partnership with RMIT Culture.

It was recorded on Thursday 9 November 2023 at The Capitol.

The official bookseller was Readings.

Featured music is ‘Different Days’ by Chill Cole.

Together, we can change the conversation.

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