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Peter Carey

Australia (b.1943)

Peter Carey was born in 1943 in Australia and lives in New York. He is the author of the highly acclaimed short story collection, The Fat Man in History, seven novels, Bliss, Illywhacker (shortlisted for the 1985 Booker Prize), Oscar and Lucinda (winner of the 1988 Booker Prize), The Tax Inspector, The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith, Jack Maggs (winner of the 1998 Commonwealth Writers Prize) and True History of the Kelly Gang (winner of the 2001 Booker Prize), and for children, The Big Bazoohley.

Genres: Literary Fiction
   Bliss (1981)
   Illywhacker (1985)
   Oscar and Lucinda (1988)
   The Tax Inspector (1991)
   The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith (1994)
   The Big Bazoohley (1995)
   Jack Maggs (1997)
   True History of the Kelly Gang (2000)
   My Life as a Fake (2003)
   Theft (2006)
   His Illegal Self (2008)
   Parrot and Olivier in America (2010)
   The Chemistry of Tears (2012)
   Amnesia (2014)
   A Long Way From Home (2018)
   The Fat Man in History (1974)
     aka Exotic Pleasures
   War Crimes (1979)
   Collected Stories (1994)
Non fiction
   30 Days in Sydney (2001)
   Wrong About Japan (2004)
Omnibus editions
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (1985) : Illywhacker
World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (1986) : Illywhacker
Booker Prize Best Novel winner (1988) : Oscar and Lucinda
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (1997) : Jack Maggs
Booker Prize Best Novel winner (2001) : True History of the Kelly Gang
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel nominee (2002) : True History of the Kelly Gang
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2006) : Theft
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2010) : Parrot and Olivier in America
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book nominee (2010) : Parrot and Olivier in America
Walter Scott Prize Best Historical Novel nominee (2019) : A Long Way From Home

Peter Carey recommends
A Room Made of Leaves (2020)
Kate Grenville
"Here is someone who can really write."
Shadowplay (2019)
Joseph O'Connor
"There are few living writers who can take us back in time so assuredly, with such sensual density, through such gorgeous sentences. Joseph O’Connor is a wonder, and Shadowplay is a triumph."
Home Fire (2017)
Kamila Shamsie
"Home Fire left me awestruck, shaken, on the edge of my chair, filled with admiration for her courage and ambition. Recommended reading for prime ministers and presidents everywhere."
Panorama City (2012)
Antoine Wilson
"Antoine Wilson's sentences are like diamond necklaces but his greatest treasure is his human heart."
Let the Great World Spin (2009)
Colum McCann
"Fearless, huge-hearted, a poet with every living breath."
The Confessions of Max Tivoli (2004)
Andrew Sean Greer
"Here is a writer of great daring, and originality, who is not afraid of emotion. Max Tivoli may even make you cry."
The Book of Illusions (2002)
Paul Auster
"Through all its dark and delightful twists and turns. . . This artful and elegant novel may be Auster's best ever."

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