What books are on Man Booker Prize Winning Author Richard Flanagan’s bookshelf?

by |February 6, 2015

Earlier this week The New Yorker produced a short film about Man Booker Prize winner Richard Flanagan, focusing on his ‘writing shack’ on Bruny Island.

FlanoIt’s a beautiful piece, full of vintage musings on life, happiness and the writer’s life.

We also get a glimpse into the award-winning author’s writing room: a modest, empty desk with a laptop, a lamp and a couple of notepads. And a galah that sits next to him. Seriously, he is amazing, both Richard and the galah.

The real treat is a couple of lingering shots of Flanagan’s bookshelves, an intentionally small collection. ” I don’t keep many books here,” he says. “I keep the books I’m reading at the moment, but I do read a lot when I’m writing.’

Being the crafty book nerds that we are, we thought we’d compile a list of the books in Richard Flanagan’s bookcase, a look into the reading habits of one of Australia’s finest writers. Enjoy.

A Death in the Family: My Struggle
by Karl Ove Knausgaard

Light in August
by William Faulkner

Umbrella
by Will Self

Dear Life
by Alice Munro

Love in the Time of Cholera
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Crossing to Safety
by Wallace Stegner

The Childhood of Jesus
by J. M. Coetzee

To Name Those Lost
by Rohan Wilson

The Blood of Heaven
by Kent Wascom

A Possible Life
by Sebastian Faulks

Alone in Berlin
by Hans Fallada

The Story of a New Name
by Elena Ferrante

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay
by Elena Ferrante

My Brilliant Friend
by Elena Ferrante

Troubling Love
by Elena Ferrante

Half of a Yellow Sun
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Paradise Reclaimed
by Halldor Laxness

This War Never Ends: The Pain of Separation and Return
by Michael McKernan

Moscow, 1937
by Karl Schlogel

The First Man
by Albert Camus

An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter
by Cesar Aira

Living to Tell the Tale
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The River Swimmer
by Jim Harrison

Long, Last, Happy: New and Collected Stories
by Barry Hannah

Sanctuary
by William Faulkner

The Virgin and The Gipsy & Other Stories
by D. H. Lawrence

Sons and Lovers
by D. H. Lawrence

A Burnt-out Case
by Graham Greene

A Life Like Other People’s
by Alan Bennett

Soldaten: On Fighting, Killing, and Dying – the Secret WWII Transcripts of German POWs
by Sonke Neitzel

Tablet and Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East
by Reza Aslan

The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Belomor
by Nicolas Rothwell

Sandakan: The Untold Story of the Sandakan Death Marches
by Paul Ham

Fallen Land
by Patrick Flanery

Submergence
by J. M. Ledgard

The Accidental
by Ali Smith

A Meal in Winter
by Hubert Mingarelli

the-narrow-road-to-the-deep-northThe Narrow Road to the Deep North

Winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize

by Richard Flanagan

A novel of the cruelty of war, and tenuousness of life and the impossibility of love.

August, 1943. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle’s young wife two years earlier.

Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever.

This savagely beautiful novel is a story about the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.

Grab a copy of Richard Flanagan’s award-winning
The Narrow Road to the Deep North here

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Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.

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