'This is a damn good story delivered with the glittering prose that only
the rage of just moral anger can achieve.' -- Rachel Holmes, The Times
I suppose it's only possible for a novelist to reinvent the novel once.
Richard Flanagan did so in Gould's Book of Fish - a gloriously eccentric,
unclassifiable work in which some sketches of marine life open out into a
tragicomic fable about the penal regime of colonial Tasmania. Now Flanagan
has retreated to the safety of convention. The Unknown Terrorist is an
exercise in genre fiction - a thriller that, I am glad to say, happens to
be genuinely thrilling. -- Peter Conrad, The Observer
`Once in a while a thriller of genuine importance comes along, fired by
passionate concern...' -- Toby Clements, Daily Telegraph
`A terrific novel, maintained at fever heat but never straying beyond the bounds of possible or even the likely.' -- James Buchan, Guardian
`It grips from the very first page and, despite the atmosphere of mounting dread, forces you to read on to its explosive, tragic climax... The Unknown Terrorist shows what happens when fear is allowed to excuse the erosion of civil liberties... This is a carefully patterned novel, full of surprises, that paints a devastating picture of the world today. It may be set on the other side of the planet but the punches it packs hit home - hard.' -- Mark Sanderson, The Sunday Telegraph
`The Unknown Terrorist is accessible and timely as they come - an intense and thoughtful thriller set in a paranoid Sydney ablaze with terrorism fever.'
-- Jonathan Gibbs, Metro
About the Author
Richard Flanagan was born in Tasmania in 1961. His previous novels, Death of a River Guide (Atlantic) and The Sound of One Hand Clapping (Picador) were both published to international acclaim. His third novel, Gould's Book of Fish (Atlantic), won the Commonwealth Writers Prize 2002.