Richard Flanagan was born in Tasmania in 1961, a descendant of Irish convicts transported to what was then Van Diemens Land during the Great Famine. His debut novel Death of a River Guide, won several major Australian literary prizes including the 1996 National Fiction Award. He is also the author of The Sound of One Hand Clapping, which won the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction, Gould’s Book of Fish, which won the 2002 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book, The Unknown Terrorist, and Wanting. His most recent novel is The Narrow Road to the Deep North, which won the 2014 Man Booker Prize. He has contributed to publications including The New Yorker, Suddeutsche Zeitung, Le Monde, and La Reppublica, and his work has been published in twenty-six languages. Richard Flanagan lives in Tasmania with his family.