Hello and welcome to You Wrote The Book, a book based podcast hosted by Simon Savidge. Each fortnight over the coming months he will be joined by a special guest author to discuss their life as a writer and as a reader, from the current novel they have published to the first book they read and everything in between.
Simon’s special guest for this episode is the author Richard Flanagan who last night won the Man Booker Prize 2014 for his sixth novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North. Richard is one of Australia’s leading authors his previous works including Death of a River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, The Unknown Terrorist, Wanting having won numerous prizes and honours, Gould’s Book of Fish winning the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, and being published in over 26 countries.
The Narrow Road to the Deep North is both an unfolding love story between a doctor and his uncles wife and an incredibly moving and shocking account of the Burman Death Railway in World War II, one of the most infamous episodes in Japanese history, and one which Richards own father was a prisoner of, prisoner 335 as the book is dedicated to.
Simon spoke to Richard last week (before his win) about The Narrow Road to the North, the relation its writing had to his father, why it took several years and attempts to write, how he managed to deal with such a shocking and emotional period in history and of course the Man Booker.
Over the next few episodes Simon will be joined by David Nicholls, Neel Mukherjee many more. If you have any questions for the authors, would like to suggest authors you think Simon should be getting on the show, or simply want to have a natter about books, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on twitter @youwrotethebook.
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