Fane Logo

Richard Flanagan: The Living Sea of Waking Dreams
Exclusive to Australia & New Zealand

Richard Flanagan: The Living Sea of Waking Dreams

Richard Flanagan: The Living Sea of Waking Dreams in conversation with Jennifer Byrne is proudly produced by FANE, Penguin Random House Australia, The Wheeler Centre, Adelaide Festival, Sydney Writers Festival and Brisbane Writers Festival.


The Living Sea of Waking Dreams is an ember storm of a novel. This is Booker Prize-winning novelist Richard Flanagan at his most moving—and astonishing—best.

In a world of perennial fire and growing extinctions, Anna’s aged mother is dying—if her three children would just allow it. Condemned by their pity to living she increasingly escapes through her hospital window into visions of horror and delight.

When Anna’s finger vanishes and a few months later her knee disappears, Anna too feels the pull of the window. She begins to see that all around her others are similarly vanishing, but no one else notices. All Anna can do is keep her mother alive. But the window keeps opening wider, taking Anna and the reader ever deeper into a strangely beautiful story about hope and love and orange-bellied parrots.

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.

Jennifer Byrne is a celebrated journalist, editor, quizmaster, Logie-winning presenter, and formerly publishing director of Reed books and host of ABC’s decade-spanning The Book Club.

This digital event is broadcast from 7pm AEST, 29th September 2020, and available on demand until 9pm AEST, 13th October 2020 in Australia & New Zealand. Viewing instructions for the event will be sent directly to purchasers by email within 24 hours of the commencement of the broadcast period.

Fane Online is a curated series of broadcast-quality live-streamed events, giving you the chance to watch exclusive shows with celebrated authors, actors and podcasters, all from the comfort of your own home.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]  

Australian Broadcast