“There are no distractions; in the end all that stands between me and writing the book I wish to write is my own mediocrity and complete lack of talent.”
Bruny Island is located off the south-east coast of Tasmania, which itself is an island off the south-east coast of mainland Australia. It’s home to around 600 people, an iconic lighthouse, an oyster farm, an endangered species of Pardalote birds and, for at least part of the year, one internationally bestselling author.
In this video produced by Joel Tozer, Richard Flanagan, winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North, shares the role the isolation of this location plays in his writing process.
The winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize will be announced in London next Tuesday. This was the first year that books by writers from all nations have been permitted to enter the prestigious award, leading to speculation that the field would be dominated by American authors. Instead, it looks unlikely that the prize will be awarded outside the Commonwealth. If the latest odds from bookmaker William Hill are accurate, either Australia’s Richard Flanagan or Calcutta-born Neel Mukherjee will be taking home the £50,000 prize.
When the thirteen book longlist was announced in July, Mukherjee’s The Lives of Others immediately become a hot favourite among commentators and bookmakers alike. David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks was also popular among many pundits but the English authors’ sixth novel failed to make the shortlist. Flanagan’s The Narrow Road To The Deep North has been top seller is his home country but the book missed out on the Miles Franklin Award, the country’s most prestigious literary prize.
The Man Booker Prize 2014 Bookmakers’ Odds
A total of 154 books were considered by the Man Booker Prize judges this year, 145 of which were submitted by publishers with a further 9 called in by the judges. William Hill’s odds for the six novels still in contention are: