Richard Flanagan (b. 1961) is an author, historian and film director. He was born in Tasmania, and studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar. His first novel, The Death of a River Guide, won major Australian literary prizes, and his second, Sound of One Hand Clapping , was similarly well received, both in his home country and abroad. It was later turned into a feature film, which Flanagan himself directed. He currently lives in Tasmania with his wife and three children.