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Thursday October 12

Outspoken is delighted to present

Steven Lang in conversation with 

Richard Flanagan


first person


Thursday october 12

MALENY state school hall

16, bunya STREET, MALENY

5.45 FOR 6.30

Tickets $20, $15 for students

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What is the truth? In this novel about a ghostwriter haunted by his demonic subject, Richard Flanagan turns to lies, crime and literature with devastating effect

Kif Kehlmann, a young penniless writer, is called up 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 offers Kehlmann the job of ghostwriting his memoir. He has six weeks to write the book, for which he’ll be paid $10,000. 

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 ghostwriting 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 Siegfried Heidl – and who is Kif Kehlmann?

By turns compelling, comic, and chilling, this is a blistering journey into the heart of our age.


Richard Flanagan was born in Tasmania in 1961. His novels Death of a River GuideThe Sound of One Hand ClappingGould’s Book of FishThe Unknown TerroristWanting and The Narrow Road to the Deep North have received numerous honours and are published in 42 countries. He won the Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North in 2014.

Outspoken is proud to work with two bookstores in Maleny, Rosetta Books (bookseller on the night) and Maleny Bookshop. We thank Anne Brown, Chris Francis and Fi Hunter for their continued support of our events. We'd also like to thank Maleny Community Centre for their help, they'll be running the bar. Complimentary biscuits and cheese from Maleny Cheese will be available pre-show.

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