Peter Carey - Author

About the Author

Peter Carey was born in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria in 1943. He has published 18 books and been translated into 24 languages. His numerous prize wins include the Man Booker Prize twice, the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize twice and the Miles Franklin Literary Award three times. His novels have sold in excess of one million copies in the UK alone. He has lived in New York for over twenty years.

 

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Featured books by Peter Carey

Amnesia

Amnesia

Author: Peter Carey Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/05/2015

A clever political thriller with a powerful message on a large scale. Computer hacking genius Gaby, involved with an extreme anarchist gang, is the daughter of a high ranking Australian politician. She manages to get prison doors to unlock and somehow her programming unlocks doors in America too, so a link between the countries is verified. Felix is a drink sodden, left-wing journalist bent on writing Gaby’s biography. How the two cross paths, separate and cause havoc is quite a tale. It’s written in journalistic style, tense, taut with black humour and surprisingly likeable characters. From a twice winner of the Man Booker Prize, it is obviously extremely well written, a book of great merit. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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The Chemistry of Tears

The Chemistry of Tears

Author: Peter Carey Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/03/2013

It's London 2010, Catherine Gehrig, conservator at the Swinburne museum, learns of the unexpected death of her colleague and lover of thirteen years. As the mistress of a married man she has to grieve in private. One other person knows their secret, the director of the museum, who arranges for Catherine to be given a special project away from prying eyes. Mad with grief, the usually controlled and rational Catherine discovers a series of handwritten notebooks telling the story of the man who originally commissioned the extraordinary and eerie automata she has been asked to bring back to life. With a precocious new assistant, Amanda, at her side, she starts to piece together both the clockwork puzzle and the story of the mechanical creature which was commissioned in 19th century Germany by an English man, Henry Brandling, as a 'magical amusement' for his consumptive son. Having been asked to leave his home by his wife, Henry turns his hurtful departure into an adventure that he records for his young child. But it is Catherine Gehrig, in a strangely stormy and overheated London nearly two hundred years later, who will find comfort and wonder in reading Henry's story. And it is the automata, in its beautiful, uncanny imitation of life that will link two strangers confronted with the mysteries of life and death, the miracle and catastrophe of human invention and the body's astonishing chemistry of love and feeling.

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Parrot and Olivier in America

Parrot and Olivier in America

Author: Peter Carey Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/02/2011

As the narrative shifts between the perspectives of Parrot, the son of an itinerant painter and Olivier, a French aristocrat and their picaresque travels together and apart - in love and politics, prisons and the world of art, Peter Carey explores the adventure of American democracy, in theory and in practice, with dazzling wit and inventiveness.

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Theft : A Love Story

Theft : A Love Story

Author: Peter Carey Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2006

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2006.

A Long Way From Home

A Long Way From Home

Author: Peter Carey Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/07/2018

Longlisted for the 2019 International DUBLIN Literary Award Shortlisted for the 2019 Walter Scott Historical Fiction Prize Irene Bobs loves fast driving. Her husband is the best car salesman in rural south eastern Australia. Together they embark upon the Redex Trial, a brutal car race around the continent, over roads no car can ever quite survive. Set during the 1950s in the dying embers of the British Empire, A Long Way from Home is a thrilling high-speed story, illuminating a country's relationship with its own ancient culture, and the love made and hurt caused along the way.

Other books by Peter Carey

The Tax Inspector

The Tax Inspector

Author: Peter Carey Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/05/2022

The day that Benny Catchprice was fired from the spare parts department of Catchprice Motors by his aunt Cathy was also the day that the Tax Inspector, Maria Takis, arrived to begin her long-overdue audit of the family business. But this is no ordinary investigation. Maria is eight months' pregnant, Granny Catchprice is at war with her offspring, and Benny, her grandson, wants to become an angel...

Data Protection

Data Protection

Author: Peter Carey Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/11/2020

Now in its sixth edition, this invaluable handbook provides a complete guide to the practical application of data protection law in the UK. It is fully updated and expanded to include coverage of significant developments in the practice of data protection, and takes account of new legislation since the last edition. The sixth edition includes coverage of the Data Protection Act 2018, Data Protection, Privacy and Electronic Communications (Amendments etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, and the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020, and contains relevant analysis of the effect of Brexit on UK data protection law. Data Protection: A Practical Guide to UK Law is essential reading for all those working with data protection issues, including in compliance departments in both the public and private sectors, as well as in-house and private practice lawyers, company secretaries, HR Officers, marketing executives and IT specialists.

True History of the Kelly Gang

True History of the Kelly Gang

Author: Peter Carey Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/02/2020

THE BOOK THAT INSPIRED THE MAJOR MOTION PICTURE, TO BE RELEASED IN CINEMAS 28TH FEBRUARY 2020 'Extraordinary . . . So mesmerising and moving.' Mail on Sunday 'Vastly entertaining.' New York Times To the authorities in pursuit of him, Ned Kelly is a horse thief, bank robber and police-killer. But to his fellow Australians, Kelly is their own Robin Hood. In a dazzling act of ventriloquism, Peter Carey's Booker Prize-winning novel of adventure and heroism brings the famous bushranger wildly and passionately to life.

A Long Way From Home

A Long Way From Home

Author: Peter Carey Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/07/2018

Irene Bobs loves fast driving. Her husband is the best car salesman in rural south eastern Australia. Together they embark upon the Redex Trial, a brutal car race around the continent, over roads no car can ever quite survive. Set during the 1950s in the dying embers of the British Empire, A Long Way from Home is a thrilling high-speed story, illuminating a country's relationship with its own ancient culture, and the love made and hurt caused along the way.

Data Protection: A Practical Guide to UK and EU Law

Data Protection: A Practical Guide to UK and EU Law

Author: Peter Carey Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/03/2018

Now in its fifth edition, this invaluable handbook provides a complete guide to the practical application of data protection law. It is fully updated and expanded to include coverage of significant developments in the practice of data protection, and takes account of new legislation as well as guidance published by the Information Commissioner since the last edition. The fifth edition includes coverage of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR); the implications of Brexit; new guidance from the Information Commissioner's office; coverage of new cases on several aspects of data protection compliance; the latest developments on electronic communications; new chapters on accountability and the role of the Data Protection Officer, and creating a compliance programme. Data Protection: A Practical Guide to UK and EU Law is essential reading for all those working with data protection issues, and in compliance departments, as well as in-house and private practice lawyers, company secretaries, HR Officers and IT specialists, and has been adopted as 'recommended reading' on the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection Programme (www.dataprotectionqualification.com).

Long Way from Home

Long Way from Home

Author: Peter Carey Format: Ebook Release Date: 30/10/2017

Carey's most ambitious novel since True History of the Kelly Gang: a celebration and interrogation of the Australia of Peter's childhood. He takes us on a wild ride around the country in 1954 by way of the famous Redex car trial, during which our protagonist, Willy Bachhuber, learns the poignant truth of his troubled past. It's a tender and wonderfully wry portrait of Australia in the 1950s, reminiscent of Illywhacker in concerns and some characters. We're in Bacchus Marsh in the 1950s, with car salesmen, an early aviator, and the lives of Irene Bobs and Willy Bachhuber. The striking Irene is ahead of her time, a fearless, big-hearted, independently minded woman. Her next door neighbour Willy seems to be constantly in flight from his own life. He lacks social confidence but is extremely well read, so much so that he's a radio quiz champ. And he has a particular fondness for maps. When Irene's husband Titch decides to enter the Redex trial, Irene goes with him as co-driver, and Willy as navigator. A fantastically fun and funny read, Peter's new novel is a major achievement.

Amnesie

Amnesie

Author: Peter Carey Format: Ebook Release Date: 27/04/2016

Peter Careys Amnesie trifft mitten in den wunden Punkt unseres Jetzt.Die junge Australierin Gaby Bailllieux hackt ein amerikanisches Sicherheitssystem und befreit Tausende Gefangene. Im Fall einer Auslieferung in die USA droht der Hackerin die Todesstrafe.Der Journalist Felix Moore glaubt sofort an eine langst uberfallige Racheaktion gegen die USA, die 1975 den australischen Premierminister von der Bildflache verschwinden lie. Ein geheimer Staatsstreich, ein Angriff auf die australische Verfassung und keiner spricht davon; bis auf Felix Moore, der seine ganze journalistische Karriere darauf verwendet, gegen Australiens groe Amnesie anzuschreiben. Nun soll Moore der geheimnisvollen Nerdin den Kopf aus der Schlinge ziehen und gerat dabei selbst in lebensbedrohliche Bedrangnis. Wusste Gaby, dass sie den USA den Cyberkrieg erklart oder wollte sie wirklich nur Fluchtlinge aus australischen Internierungslagern befreien? Moores Recherchen fuhren ihn nicht nur in die Abgrunde unseres digitalen Zeitalters, sondern in zutiefst menschliche.Peter Carey schreibt mit seinem neuen Roman Amnesie gegen das Verdrangen eines unglaublichen politischen Skandals an - und sagt damit mehr uber unsere Gegenwart als ein Roman sollte. Ein ungestumer Mix aus WikiLeaks, Edward Snowden und Chaos Computer Club - voll bosartigem Witz, von atemberaubendem Tempo.

30 Days in Sydney

30 Days in Sydney

Author: Peter Carey Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/04/2016

30 Days in Sydney by Peter Carey

Oscar and Lucinda

Oscar and Lucinda

Author: Peter Carey Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2015

Peter Carey's novel of the undeclared love between clergyman Oscar Hopkins and the heiress Lucinda Leplastrier is both a moving and beautiful love story and a historical tour de force set in Victorian times. Made for each other, the two are gamblers - one obsessive, the other compulsive - incapable of winning at the game of love. Oscar and Lucinda is now available as a Faber Modern Classics edition.

Tax Inspector

Tax Inspector

Author: Peter Carey Format: Ebook Release Date: 22/04/2015

The Catchprices may be the most spectacularly contentious family since Dostoevsky's Karamozovs. Granny Catchprice runs her family business, and her family, with senility, cunning, and a handbag full of explosives. Sixteen-year-old Benny dreams of transforming a failing automobile franchise into an empire, and himself into an angel. But when a beautiful and very pregnant agent of the Australian Taxation Office enters their lives, the resulting collision becomes, in Carey's hands, a masterpiece of coal-black humour and compassionate horror.

Unusual Life of Tristan Smith

Unusual Life of Tristan Smith

Author: Peter Carey Format: Ebook Release Date: 22/04/2015

Severely afflicted, doomed never to be taller than three foot six, Tristan Smith faces death and danger from the first moment of his energetic and ambitious life. Here, for the first time, is the truth about him, from his birth in the Republic of Efica in the year 371 to the present day. When he goes on trial for multiple offences in Voorstand, a nation of rampaging global dominance, Tristan must plead his case to the very culture that has done for his own. Peter Carey's piercing allegory of imperialism is unmatched for originality and inventiveness.

Bliss

Bliss

Author: Peter Carey Format: Ebook Release Date: 22/04/2015

It takes dying during a heart attack for Harry Joy to realise that the life he thought was happy is actually hellish. His wife is a cheat, his kids are a source of shame, his company spruiks carcinogens. While Harry is resuscitated he will never be the same, for having seen his own misery, he can no longer deny the injustice around him. But before he can be redeemed, a whole new perdition awaits him in this darkly funny and prescient fable about the idiocy of defiling nature.

Fat Man in History

Fat Man in History

Author: Peter Carey Format: Ebook Release Date: 03/03/2015

If, in some post-Marxist utopia, obesity were declared counterrevolutionary, how would a houseful of fat men strike back? If it were possible to win a new body by lottery, what kind of people would choose ugliness? If two gun-toting thugs decided to take over a business -- and run it through sheer terror -- how far would their methods take them? These are the questions that Peter Carey, author of The Tax Inspector and Oscar and Lucinda, brilliantly explores in this collection of stories. Exquisitely written and thoroughly envisioned, the tales in The Fat Man in History reach beyond their arresting premises to utter deep and often frightening truths about our brightest and darkest selves.

Amnesia

Amnesia

Author: Peter Carey Format: Ebook Release Date: 14/10/2014

How does a young woman from suburban Melbourne become America's public enemy number one?When Gaby Baillieux releases the Angel Worm into the computers of Australia's prison system, freeing hundreds of asylum seekers, she sets off a chain reaction. These prisons are run by US companies, and so the doors of some 5000 American institutions have also opened. And to some watching eyes, the secrets of both countries threaten to pour out.Was this a mistake? Or has the elusive Gaby declared cyberwar on the US, as part of the longstanding covert conflict between the two countries that has as its most outrageous act the CIA-engineered coup of 1975 - a coup so brazen we immediately forgot it as part of our Great Amnesia.Amnesia is Carey at his best: funny, sweeping, intimate, exhilarating. It is a novel that speaks powerfully about our history but most urgently about our present.

Illywhacker

Illywhacker

Author: Peter Carey Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/06/2014

An illywhacker is a confidence trickster, and Herbert Badgery, the 139-year-old narrator of this dazzling comic novel, may be the king of them all. Vagabond and charlatan, aviator and car salesman, seducer and patriarch, Badgery travels across the Australian continent and a century in a picaresque novel full of outlandish encounters and dangerous characters. Overflowing with magic, jokes and inventions, Illywhacker is a contemporary classic.

Chemie der Tranen

Chemie der Tranen

Author: Peter Carey Format: Ebook Release Date: 25/04/2013

Peter Carey erzahlt von der Zerbrechlichkeit des Lebens und unseren Versuchen, einmal Zerbrochenes wieder zusammenzusetzen.Eine verlassene Frau, ein einsamer Junge. Catherine ist Kuratorin im Londoner Museum fur Kunsthandwerk, ein Haus voller Schatze, in dem sie Uhren und Spieldosen betreut. Und sie ist verlassen, denn ihr Geliebter ist tot. Wie betaubt wendet sie sich einem alten Wunderwerk zu, einem kunstlichen Schwan, der vor uber 100 Jahren im Schwarzwald erbaut wurde: fur einen kleinen Jungen, im Auftrag seines Vaters. Der erhoffte sich von der Maschine das Weiterleben seines Sohnes, so wie Catherine ihre Liebe retten will. Am Ende gelingt es - um den Schwan bildet sich endlich die Familie, von der der Vater immer nur getraumt hatte.Bewegend und einfallsreich, voller Erfindungen, Schlichen und Charme erzahlt Peter Carey einen mitreienden Roman uber die Liebe und ein trotziges Buch gegen den Tod.

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