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First Person by [Flanagan, Richard]
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"First Person is both comic and frightening. At times I caught a glimpse of Money-era Martin Amis in Flanagan’s satirical asides on the Australian publishing industry… And there’s a hint, too, of an epochal gloom that is redolent of the The Great Gatsby. Yet there are also passages touched with the virtuosity that shone so brightly in The Narrow Road that are pure Flanagan… Studded with sharp, breath-catching observations about the finite nature of life" (Carl Wilkinson Financial Times)

"The novel, with its switch backing recollections and cyclical dialogue, its penetrating scenes of birth and, eventually, death, is enigmatic and mesmerizing" (The New Yorker)

"Perhaps the most prodigal account of writer’s block ever written… Despite some sprightly satirical sallies, mostly about publishing, First Person is a serious treatment of important modern issues (corporate corruption, exploitation of trust, the impudent dismissal of truth)" (David Grylls Sunday Times)

"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)

"A dark, occasionally demented book, that is as unsettling as it is inspired" (Miranda Collinge Esquire UK)

"Electric tension... a smart, slippery novel pitched between book-world satire, psychological thriller and state-of-Australia analysis" (Anthony Cummins Daily Mail)

"There’s some wonderful writing about Tasmania and the wild kayaking exploits which the narrator and Ray enjoyed, at the risk of their lives, in their youth. There is some very fine descriptive writing and narrative passages that go with a swing. There’s the sadness of lives gone wrong or torn apart, the desolation that is the consequence of family break-up. Yet the strength of the novel rests in its mordant intelligence, in its recognition that the world today is essentially Ziggy’s, one of make-believe and denial… Absorbing" (Allan Massie Scotsman)

"Richard Flanagan is an ardent voice" (Eoin McNamee Irish Times)

"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)

"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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Six weeks to write for your life... In this blistering story of a ghostwriter haunted by his demonic subject, the Man Booker Prize winner turns to lies, crime and literature with devastating effect

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1177 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Australia (2 October 2017)
  • Sold by: Random House Australia
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06XSVW2PV
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,585 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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