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  • Published: 1 September 2011
  • ISBN: 9781742752723
  • Imprint: Vintage Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $32.99

And What Do You Do, Mr Gable?




The collected short pieces of nonfiction from one of Australia’s pre-eminent novelists.

'And what do you do, Mr Faulkner?' asked Clark Gable after being introduced to William Faulkner at a party.

'I write,' replied Faulkner. 'And what do you do, Mr Gable?'

Collected here for the first time are the very best of Richard Flanagan's wide-ranging, free-wheeling writings on everything from directing film and writing novels to a near fatal kayak trip; from baking bread to bushfires to art to war; from Kosovar refugees on the run to Jorge Luis Borges to his celebrated essay on the rape of Tasmania's forests, credited as a key to halting Gunns' two billion dollar pulp mill.

Sparkling, moving and always surprising, this is exhilarating reading from one of Australia's best writers.

  • Pub date: 1 September 2011
  • ISBN: 9781742752723
  • Imprint: Vintage Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $32.99

About the Author

Richard Flanagan

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.

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