Richard Flanagan is an author, historian and film director. He was born in Tasmania in 1961, and studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar. His first novel, The Death of a River Guide, won major Australian literary prizes, and his second, Sound of One Hand Clapping, was similarly well received, both in his home country and abroad. It was later turned into a feature film, which Flanagan himself directed. He currently lives in Tasmania with his wife and three children.