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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

A Long Way From Home

A Long Way From Home

Author: Peter Carey Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/01/2018

Irene Bobs loves fast driving. Her husband is the best car salesman in rural south eastern Australia. Together with Willie, their lanky navigator, they embark upon the Redex Trial, a brutal race around the continent, over roads no car will ever quite survive.

The Chemistry of Tears

The Chemistry of Tears

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

London 2011, Catherine Gehrig, conservator at the Swinburne museum, learns of the unexpected death of her lover of thirteen years. As the mistress of a married man she has to grieve in private. Given a special project away from prying eyes and mad with grief, the usually controlled and rational Catherine discovers a series of handwritten notebooks telling the extrordinary story behind the automata she is restoring. 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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The Chemistry of Tears

The Chemistry of Tears

Author: Peter Carey Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/04/2012

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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Other books by Peter Carey

Oscar and Lucinda True History of the Kelly Gang

Oscar and Lucinda True History of the Kelly Gang

Author: Peter Carey, Peter Giles Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2019

OSCAR AND LUCINDA is a sweeping, irrepressibly inventive novel set in nineteenth-century England and Australia where the two potential lovers lead parallel lives until chance brings them together on board ship. A narrative tangle of love, religion, gambling, commerce and colonialism culminates in a nightmare expedition - the result of a wager - to transport a glass church across the Australian wilderness. In TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG the legendary Australian outlaw Ned Kelly speaks for himself in a voice that is direct, colloquial, theatrical, and utterly magical. To his pursuers he is nothing but a monstrous criminal, but to his own people he is a hero, defying British imperial authority in support of the poor Irish settlers who are its victims. In a dazzling act of ventriloquism, Carey brings the famous bushranger unforgettably to life.

A Long Way From Home

A Long Way From Home

Author: Peter Carey Format: Paperback / softback 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.

A Long Way From Home

A Long Way From Home

Author: Peter Carey Format: Paperback / softback 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).

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)

A Long Way From Home

A Long Way From Home

Author: Peter Carey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/01/2018

Irene Bobs loves fast driving. Her husband is the best car salesman in rural south eastern Australia. Together with Willie, their lanky navigator, they embark upon the Redex Trial, a brutal race around the continent, over roads no car will ever quite survive. A Long Way from Home is Peter Carey's late style masterpiece; a thrilling high speed story that starts in one way, then takes you to another place altogether. Set in the 1950s in the embers of the British Empire, painting a picture of Queen and subject, black, white and those in-between, this brilliantly vivid novel illustrates how the possession of an ancient culture spirals through history - and the love made and hurt caused along the way.

A Long Way From Home

A Long Way From Home

Author: Peter Carey Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/01/2018

Irene Bobs loves fast driving. Her husband is the best car salesman in rural south eastern Australia. Together with Willie, their lanky navigator, they embark upon the Redex Trial, a brutal race around the continent, over roads no car will ever quite survive.

Long Way From Home

Long Way From Home

Author: Peter Carey Format: eBook Release Date: 09/01/2018

Irene Bobs loves fast driving. Her husband is the best car salesman in rural south eastern Australia. Together with Willie, their lanky navigator, they embark upon the Redex Trial, a brutal race around the continent, over roads no car will ever quite survive.A Long Way from Home is Peter Carey's late style masterpiece; a thrilling high speed story that starts in one way, then takes you to another place altogether. Set in the 1950s in the embers of the British Empire, painting a picture of Queen and subject, black, white and those in-between, this brilliantly vivid novel illustrates how the possession of an ancient culture spirals through history - and the love made and hurt caused along the way.

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 A Wildly Distorted Account

30 Days in Sydney A Wildly Distorted Account

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

Oscar and Lucinda Faber Modern Classics

Oscar and Lucinda Faber Modern Classics

Author: Peter Carey Format: Paperback / softback 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.

Jack Maggs

Jack Maggs

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

The first Penguin edition of Peter Carey's Jack Maggs, with a cover by Michael LeunigThe year is 1837 and ex-convict Jack Maggs has returned illegally to London from Australia. Installing himself in the household of a genteel grocer, he attracts the attention of a cross-section of society. Saucy Mercy Larkin wants him for a mate. Writer Tobias Oates wants to possess his soul through hypnosis. Maggs, a figure both frightening and mysteriously compelling, is so in thrall to the notion of a gentlemanly class that he's risked his life to come back to his torturers. His task is to shed his false consciousness and understand that his true destiny lies in Australia.

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