Penguin Random House to publish Man Booker Prize-winner Richard Flanagan's next novel

Penguin Random House is delighted to announce that First Person, Richard Flanagan’s first novel since winning the Man Booker Prize in 2014 with The Narrow Road to the Deep North, is to be published in Britain in November by VINTAGE imprint Chatto & Windus.

Written in the first person by a reality TV producer, Kif Kehlmann, First Person is Kif’s recollection of how as a younger, penniless writer, unable to finish his first novel, he agrees to ghostwrite the memoir of a notorious con man, Ziggy Heidl, who has defrauded the banks of $700 million.

He has six weeks to write the book, for which he'll receive $10,000. But as the work gets under way, Kehlmann begins to fear that he is being corrupted by the con man.

He grows ever more uncertain as to whether he is ghostwriting a memoir, or if Ziggy Heidl is rewriting him – his life, his future. At the novel’s heart is a question: what is the truth?

Clara Farmer, Publishing Director at Chatto & Windus (UK), says: ‘A stunning novel and a deadly ride, to read First Person is to be left haunted. Here is a story of what happens when evil is close by – and Richard Flanagan’s novel unfurls with the flair and energy of a novelist at the height of his powers.’

Flanagan’s novels are published in 42 countries and his most recent novel, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, hailed as a masterpiece, has sold more than a million copies worldwide.

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