First Person (Hardback)Richard Flanagan (author)
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As heard on BBC Radio 4's 'Book at Bedtime': the blistering story of a ghostwriter haunted by his demonic subject, the Man Booker Prize winner turns to lies, crime and literature with devastating effect.
A young and penniless writer, Kif Kehlmann, is rung in the middle of the night by the notorious con man and corporate criminal, Siegfried Heidl. About to go to trial for defrauding the banks of $700 million, Heidl proposes a deal: $10,000 for Kehlmann to ghostwrite his memoir in six weeks.
Kehlmann accepts but begins to fear that he is being corrupted by Heidl. As the deadline draws closer, he becomes ever more unsure if he is ghostwriting a memoir, or if Heidl is rewriting him-his life, his future. Everything that was certain grows uncertain as he begins to wonder: who is Siegfried Heidl-and who is Kif Kehlmann?
By turns compelling, comic and chilling, First Person is a haunting journey into the heart of our age.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 665 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 35 mm
"The real joy of [First Person] is the intensity of its honesty and its writing. This is a book of demonic possession, of obsession, and there's a zinger of thought, of expression, in every paragraph." - Phillip Adams, The Australian
"A black comedy about the unreliability of memory and the warped values of modern publishing... the beauty of First Person is the way it blossoms into a much richer novel than that outline scenario suggests.... readable and thought-provoking." - Max Davidson, Mail on Sunday
"Electric tension... a smart, slippery novel pitched between book-world satire, psychological thriller and state-of-Australia analysis" -- Anthony Cummins * Daily Mail *
"Richard Flanagan is an ardent voice" -- Eoin McNamee * Irish Times *
"Flanagan is scathingly funny about the world of publishing as seen from the point of view of an unpublished writer, but this is also a profound and thought-provoking novel that explores the nature of truth, lies and fiction" * Bookseller *
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