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Congratulations to Richard Flanagan

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Christine Milne 15 Oct 2014

15 October 2014

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne has congratulated Richard Flanagan.

"Richard Flanagan is one of Australia's greatest writers. His win in the Man Booker 2014 with ‘the book he was born to write' is a fantastic acknowledgement of his literary brilliance. This is a moment for the whole nation to celebrate.

"Richard worked on this book for a long time and was profoundly influenced by his father's experiences as a prisoner of war on the Burma railway.

"I am especially excited by Richard Flanagan's win as a fellow Tasmanian and as a friend. Richard loves Tasmania and he has now put us firmly on the global literary map.

"The win is especially prestigious as it is the first year the prize has been open to authors of any nationality writing in English. Congratulations Richard."



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