|Media type||Print Hardback & Paperback|
|LC Class||PR9619.3.F525 W36 2008|
|Preceded by||The Unknown Terrorist (2006)|
Wanting cuts between two stories based on real historical figures under the central theme of 'wanting', and is set in both nineteenth century Tasmania and Britain. One tells the tale of an Aboriginal child, Mathinna, adopted by then governor of Van Diemens Land, Sir John Franklin, and his wife Lady Jane; the other of Charles Dickens love affair with Ellen Ternan after one of his daughters dies.
- Dedication: "For Kevin Perkins".
- Epigraph: "You see, reason, gentlemen, is a fine thing, that is unquestionable, but reason is only reason and satisfies only man's reasoning capacity, while wanting is a manifestation of the whole of life." - Fyodor Dostoevsky
- Epigraph: "That which is wanting cannot be numbered." - Ecclesiastes
- 2008 Western Australia Premiers Prize
- 2009 Queensland Premiers Prize
- 2009 New Yorker Notable Book of the Year
- 2009 Washington Post Book of the Year
- 2009 London Observer Book of the Year
- "The Australian"
- "Publisher's Weekly"
- "New York Times"
- "... the savagery of the colonizing powers and further still the savagery of civilised society is laid bare for the reader to reflect upon. Flanagan’s writing style is masterful, grabbing the reader by the shoulders and forcing them to delve into their own ideologies and beliefs on good and evil, discipline and desire, right and wrong. "Booklover Book Reviews"
- Jason Steger in "The Age"
- Ramona Kaval on "The Book Show"
- Simon Bevilacqua in "The Mercury"
- Sally Warhaft on "Slow TV"
- Flanagan, Richard (2009). Wanting. Random House Australia. pp. Cover blurb. ISBN 978-1-74166-668-7.
- Holmes, Rachel (12 September 2009). "Wanting by Richard Flanagan". The Times. London.
- "A subtle weaving of passion and despair". The Irish Times. 10 October 2009.
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