One of our Books of the Year 2014.
November 2014 Book of the Month.
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.
When Gaby Bailleux released the Angel Worm into Australia's prison system, allowing hundreds of asylum seekers to walk free, she also let the cat out of the bag. The Americans ran the prisons, like so many parts of her country, and so the doors of some 5000 American places of incarceration also opened. Both countries' secrets threatened to pour out. Was this a mistake, or had Gaby declared cyberwar on the US? Felix Moore - known to himself as 'Australia's last serving left wing journalist' - has no doubt. Her act was part of the covert conflict between Australia and America. That conflict dates back to the largely forgotten Battle of Brisbane in 1943, stretches forward to America's security interests in Pine Gap and commercial interests everywhere, and has as its most outrageous act the coup of 1975. Funded by his property-developer mate Woody Townes, Felix is going to write Gaby's biography, to save her, and himself, and maybe his country. But how to get Gaby to co-operate? What role does her film-star mother have to play? And what, after all, does Woody really want?
Closing date: 07/09/2018
The title of Peter Carey’s latest novel refers to Australia’s collective memory loss about a constitutional crisis in 1975 that the main protagonist, Felix Moore, argues was little more than a US-backed coup. Thirty-five years on, Moore is a washed-up investigative journalist who is asked to write up the story of Gaby, a young computer hacker, whose virus causes havoc in the Australian prison system, allowing asylum seekers to walk free, but also unlocking US detention centres. If the latter act were intentional, Gaby could be extradited to the USA and face the death sentence. Moore’s brief is to portray the girl as an unwitting innocent. This fast-paced and thought-provoking novel asks many questions about the power of information, not only over the sacking in the 1970s of Labour Prime Minister Gough Whitlam by the Governor-General, but also over the suppressed Second World War story of the ‘Battle of Brisbane’, when Australian and American troops stationed in the Queensland capital fought each other for two days.
Publication date: 30/10/2014
Publisher: Faber & Faber Fiction an imprint of Faber & Faber
|Publication date:||30th October 2014|
|Publisher:||Faber & Faber Fiction an imprint of Faber & Faber|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups, Thriller / Suspense,|
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. Author photo © Laura WilsonMore About Peter Carey