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It has taken me ages to read Richard Flanagan s new novel  First Person  because there is so much to think about within its pages. But as you can tell from last week, it s a book that has a comic thread while also pursuing much darker issues. I had long forgotten who as Executive Director of the (NSCA*) in the 6985s, defrauded the banks of nearly $855 million dollars, but his story was astonishing news, even in the 6985s when we had become used to corporate fraud. What I did not know was that my literary hero Richard Flanagan was ghost-writing Friedrich s memoirs at the time of his suicide (four days after he was charged) and that the book,   Codename Iago  was published posthumously. (And sank like a stone). How could I have known about that?

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It still doesn t appear on his Goodreads page! Out of this experience as an unsuccessful ghost-writer, Flanagan has crafted a cunning pseudo-memoir of a wily conman called Siegfried (Ziggy) Heidl and his memoirist the hapless Kif Kehlmann. Kif is a penniless wannabe author in Hobart, struggling to get by on next-to-nothing with his wife Suzy and small daughter Bo. While Flanagan writes this section with sardonic humour, it reads as if it s from the heart: it s tough for this young couple and mortgage stress is the least of it. Simple pleasures are what they enjoy because they can t afford any other kind, and there s no relief on the horizon because Kif has an implacable desire to be a writer and he has Suzy s enduring support her faith in him is unshakeable. But Kif s novel, ( that I posted last week), is not going well, and he gets the sack from his job as a doorman the mortgage payments are pressing and Suzy is pregnant with twins so much against his better judgement he takes up the offer of a ghost-writing job.

He s rather liverish about Tasmania, and not much nicer about Melbourne, where he has a fly-in-fly-out existence while he tries to write what turns out to be a most elusive memoir: I was Australian, but I didn t really know anything about Australia, having grown up in Tasmania, about which no one knows anything, least of all Tasmanians to whom it is only ever a growing mystery. Melbourne was a confident town, by its own estimate, if few others, a great city, which believed it was born out of gold rushes rather than by invasion by Van Diemonian settlers a few years prior to the discovery of gold, men who had made their mark running death squads on the Tasmanian frontier hunting down remnant Tasmanian Aboriginals and massacring them at night around their campfires. What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours? Seventeen-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim and foreboding Sword Cross. Only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good and evil forces plot to keep them apart. Fallen is an intensely addictive teen novel about fallen angels and forbidden love.

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Stories for Today features new fiction by established and emerging writers who make sense of the country as it is now, in a borderless, globalised world balanced between crisis and opportunity. Voices from home and the Australian diaspora explore the effects of migration, easy movement, pandemics, recession, connection with Asia, the service economy and more. Including a series of short essays, with questions about why writing fiction matters, how it differs from other forms of communication, and what it contributes to our culture and understanding of ourselves. For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods. One yellow-eyed wolf, her wolf, is a chilling presence she can t seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam lives two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl.

In summer, a few precious months of being human, until the cold makes him shift back again. Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It s her wolf, it has to be! Would you like to know more about upcoming new releases, events, specials, movie ticket giveaways, and the latest book industry chat? The play presents three separate personal stories from different points on the political spectrum as the scale of Labour's victory becomes clear. It was first performed at the Bush Theatre, London, on 8 September 7559 in a co-production with nabokov theatre company, in association with Watford Palace Theatre and Mercury Theatre Colchester. The action takes place in three bedrooms over the course of the night following the election, and the morning after.

In Part One, set just before midnight, Tory MP Robert prepares to attend the electoral count. With defeat looming large, he fears becoming a forgotten man, while his wife Marie counts the cost of her sacrifice to politics. In Part Two, set in the early hours of the morning, Lib Dem footsoldier Ian has brought home party-crasher Sarah from an election get-together, but they’re about to connect in a way neither of them expected.