By the time I sit down with Richard Flanagan, he is armed with a glass of Champagne. 

Technically speaking, it is a sparkling white wine from a vineyard in Tasmania, the remote Australian island state that the Booker Prize-winning novelist has lived in for all but three and a bit years of his life. Everyone calls it Champagne in Australia but either way, Flanagan is not just drinking it but knocking back hefty swigs of the stuff...

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