'It’s a very strange time where fictions are presented to us as realities, where reality seems fictional, and it seems to me there’s no better way to write about that than to write a story about what lies are, what fiction is, and to use the form of the novel to do it.' Richard Flanagan

Join Richard Flanagan and Michael Robotham at City Recital Hall for a fascinating discussion about Flanagan’s much-anticipated first novel since The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

First Person is full of alternative facts, fake identities and charismatic charlatans. Inspired by events from Flanagan’s own life, First Person is the razor-sharp story of reality TV producer Kif Kehlmann and how as a young, penniless writer he agreed to ghostwrite the memoir of a notorious con man, Ziggy Heidl, who had defrauded the banks of $700 million. But as the work gets underway, Kif begins to fear that he is being corrupted – or even possessed – by the con man. 

 This event is a unique opportunity to hear from one of Australia’s leading literary talents about his work and his latest tale of truth, power and crime.

Supported by UNSW Arts and Social Sciences




Richard Flanagan (Australian )


Richard Flanagan was born in Tasmania in 1961. His novels Death of a River GuideThe Sound of One Hand ClappingGould’s Book of FishThe Unknown TerroristWanting 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.

Michael Robotham (Australian)

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Michael Robotham is a former investigative journalist whose psychological thrillers have been translated into 23 languages. In 2015 he won the prestigious UK Gold Dagger for his novel Life Or Death, which was also shortlisted for the 2016 Edgar Allan Poe Award for best novel. Michael has twice won a Ned Kelly Award for Australia's best crime novel for Lost in 2015 and Shatter in 2008. His most recent novel is The Secrets She Keeps.