About the Event
Join Richard Flanagan in conversation with Jennifer Byrne as he discusses his latest novel, The Living Sea of Waking Dreams.
The Living Sea of Waking Dreams is an ember storm of a novel. This is Booker Prize-winning novelist Richard Flanagan at his most moving—and astonishing—best.
In a world of perennial fire and growing extinctions, Anna’s aged mother is dying—if her three children would just allow it. Condemned by their pity to living she increasingly escapes through her hospital window into visions of horror and delight.
When Anna’s finger vanishes and a few months later her knee disappears, Anna too feels the pull of the window. She begins to see that all around her others are similarly vanishing, but no one else notices. All Anna can do is keep her mother alive. But the window keeps opening wider, taking Anna and the reader ever deeper into a strangely beautiful story about hope and love and orange-bellied parrots.
Richard Flanagan's novels have received numerous honours and are published in forty-two countries. He won the Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North and the Commonwealth Prize for Gould’s Book of Fish. A rapid on the Franklin River is named after him.
Jennifer Byrne is a celebrated journalist, editor, quizmaster, Logie-winning presenter, and formerly publishing director of Reed books and host of ABC’s decade-spanning The Book Club.
The ‘stream and book’ package includes a unique ticket for the stream, and a copy of The Living Sea of Waking Dreams, worth £20, deliverable to any UK or international address.
For one night only the event will initially be broadcast on 14th January at 18:30 UK time. It will be available to view up to a week after the event has ended and can be accessed Worldwide. If you live in a time zone that does not suit the initial broadcast time you can watch it at any point after the initial showing for one week.
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About the Book
Publication date:14 Jan 2021
An ember storm of a novel, this is Booker Prize-winning novelist Richard Flanagan at his most moving-and astonishing-best.