Richard Flanagan is a legend of Australian letters. His much-lauded novels are published in 42 countries. He won the Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North and the Commonwealth Prize for Gould’s Book of Fish. His latest novel, The Living Sea of Waking Dreams, offers a tender, haunting portrait of a world disappearing around us. With Laura Tingle, he reflects with characteristic eloquence on the purpose of literature, the nature of time, the democratic freedom of the novel and the truths of our world.