What is the truth? In this blistering story of a ghost writer haunted by his demonic subject, the Man Booker Prize winner turns to lies, crime and literature with devastating effect.
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 ghost write his memoir in six weeks.
But as the writing gets under way, Kehlmann begins to fear that he is being corrupted by Heidl. As the deadline draws closer, he becomes ever more unsure if he is ghost writing 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 Seigfried Heidl—and who is Kif Kehlmann?
By turns compelling, comic, and chilling, First Person is a haunting journey into the heart of our age.
Out 2 October 2017.
NOTES ON AN EXODUS
Notes on the exodus of refugees from Syria. With illustrations from Archibald Prize winner Ben Quilty.
THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2014. A novel of the cruelty of war, tenuousness of life and the impossibility of love.
THE UNKNOWN TERRORIST
What would you do if you turned on the television and saw you were the most wanted terrorist in the country?
THE SOUND OF ONE HAND CLAPPING
In the winter of 1954, in a construction camp in the remote Tasmanian highlands, when Sonja Buloh was three years old and her father was drinking too much, Sonja’s mother walked into a blizzard never to return.
THE AUSTRALIAN DISEASE
A perceptive, hilarious, searing exposé of the conformity that afflicts our public life.
Wanting transforms into a remarkable meditation on the ways in which desire - and its denial - shape our lives.
GOULD'S BOOK OF FISH
Billy Gould, condemned to the most feared penal colony in the British Empire and there ordered to paint a book of fish.
DEATH OF A RIVER GUIDE
Beneath a waterfall on the Franklin, Aljaz Cosini, river guide, lies drowning. Beset by visions at once horrible and fabulous, he relives not just his own life but that of his family and forebears.