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First Person - Richard Flanagan

First Person - Richard Flanagan

Title: First Person

Author:  Richard Flanagan

ISBN:  9781784742195

Weight:  990g

Signed first edition, first printing



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First Person by Richard Flanagan

Six weeks to write for your life…

A young and penniless writer, Kif Kehlmann, is rung in the middle of the night by the notorious con man and corporate criminal, Siegfried Heidl.  About to go to trial for defrauding the banks of $700 million, Heidl proposes a deal: $10,000 for Kehlmann to ghostwrite his memoir in six weeks.

Kehlmann accepts but begins to fear that he is being corrupted by Heidl.  As the deadline draws closer, he becomes ever more unsure if he is ghostwriting a memoir, or if Heidl is rewriting him – his life, his future. Everything that was certain grows uncertain as he begins to wonder: who is Siegfried Heidl – and who is Kif Kehlmann?

By turns compelling, comic and chilling, First Person is a haunting journey into the heart of our age.

In this blistering story of a ghostwriter haunted by his demonic subject, Man Booker Prize winner Richard Flanagan turns to lies, crime and literature with devastating effect.

Peer & Press Reviews

First Person is a work that crawls under the reader’s skin for its duration.  Harrowing in how it lampoons the publishing industry, Flanagan unflinchingly reflects on how social predators within such circles prey on those with a shred of hope or joy until nothing is left of their original identity.

Michael Lanigan, Hot Press

Flanagan is scathingly funny about the world of publishing as seen from the point of view of an unpublished writer, but this is also a profound and thought-provoking novel that explores the nature of truth, lies and fiction

The Bookseller

It’s a dark, occasionally demented book, that is as unsettling as it is inspired.

Miranda Collinge, Esquire UK

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Title: First Person
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Jacket feature: On the front of the jacket is a 35mm diam. ‘Signed by the Author’ sticker (see image).  Because of the jacket’s SuperMatt laminate finish, we don’t advise removing this as it could result in a flaw known as Sticker Ghost.
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: Yes
Awards and Media
Media adaptation: BBC Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime serialised First Person as ten 15-minute episodes, broadcast Mon-Fri from Mon 6 Nov 2017.
Book Stats
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Imprint: Chatto & Windus
Publication date:
ISBN 13: 9781784742195
ISBN 10: 1784742198
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket

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