Richard Flanagan was born in Longford, Tasmania, in 1961. His books include Death Of A River Guide, The Sound Of One Hand Clapping, Gould’s Book of Fish, The Unknown Terrorist and Wanting. He directed a feature film version of The Sound Of One Hand Clapping. His journalism appears in various publications, including the New Yorker, Le Monde, Süddeutsche Zeitung, and la Repubblica.