Richard Flanagan (b. 1961 in Tasmania) is considered the best Australian writer of his generation ("The Economist"). He is the author of six novels which have received numerous honors and have been published in twenty-six countries. He also authored numerous articles and essays devoted to the environmental and cultural heritage of his native island. His latest novel, "The Narrow Road to the Deepest North," inspired by the experience of his father in a Japanese POW camp during World War II, was awarded the "Man Booker Prize" for 2014.