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Peter Carey

PETER CAREY is the author of twelve previous novels and has twice received the Booker Prize. His other honors include the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Born in Australia, he has lived in New York City for the past twenty years.


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Amnesia
Written by Peter Carey
Knopf | Hardcover | January 13, 2015
$25.95/(Canada) | 978-0-385-35277-2 (0-385-35277-8)

The two-time Booker Prize winner now gives us an exceedingly timely, exhilarating novel—at once dark, suspenseful, and seriously funny—that journeys to the place where the cyber underworld collides with international power politics.
 
When Gaby Baillieux releases the Angel Worm into Australia’s prison computer system, hundreds of asylum-seekers walk free. And because the...

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Bliss
Written by Peter Carey
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 1996
$16.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-76719-0 (0-679-76719-3)

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The Chemistry of Tears
Written by Peter Carey
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 2013
$15.00/(Canada) | 978-0-307-47608-1 (0-307-47608-1)

A Seattle Times Best Book of 2012

When Catherine Gehrig, a museum conservator in London, falls into grief after her lover’s sudden death, her boss gives her a special project. She will bring back to “life” a nineteenth-century mechanical bird. As she begins to piece the automaton together, Catherine also uncovers the...

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Fat Man in History
Written by Peter Carey
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 1993
$15.00/(Canada) | 978-0-679-74332-3 (0-679-74332-4)

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His Illegal Self
Written by Peter Carey
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 2009
$14.95/(Canada) | 978-0-307-27649-0 (0-307-27649-X)

Seven-year-old Che Selkirk was raised in isolated privilege by his New York grandmother. The son of radical student activists at Harvard in the late sixties, Che has grown up with the hope that one day his parents will come back for him. So when a woman arrives at his front door... Read more






Illywhacker
Written by Peter Carey
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 1996
$16.95/(Canada) | 978-0-679-76790-9 (0-679-76790-8)

In Australian slang, an illywhacker is a country fair con man, an unprincipled seller of fake diamonds and dubious tonics. And Herbert Badgery, the 139-year-old narrator of Peter Carey's uproarious novel, may be the king of them all. Vagabond and charlatan, aviator and car salesman, seducer and patriarch, Badgery is a... Read more






Jack Maggs
Written by Peter Carey
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 1999
$15.95/(Canada) | 978-0-679-76037-5 (0-679-76037-7)

The Booker Prize-winning author of Oscar and Lucinda returns to the nineteenth century in an utterly captivating mystery. The year is 1837 and a stranger is prowling London. He is Jack Maggs, an illegal returnee from the prison island of Australia. He has the demeanor of a savage and the skills... Read more






My Life as a Fake
Written by Peter Carey
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 2005
$15.95/(Canada) | 978-1-4000-3088-0 (1-4000-3088-9)

Fiendishly devious and addictively readable, Peter Carey’s My Life as a Fake is a moral labyrinth constructed around the uneasy relationship between literature and lying. In steamy, fetid Kuala Lumpur in 1972, Sarah Wode-Douglass, the editor of a London poetry journal, meets a mysterious Australian named Christopher Chubb. Chubb is a... Read more






Oscar and Lucinda
Written by Peter Carey
Vintage | Trade Paperback | November 1997
$15.95/(Canada) | 978-0-679-77750-2 (0-679-77750-4)

The Booker Prize-winning novel--now a major motion picture from Fox Searchlight  Pictures.

This sweeping, irrepressibly inventive novel, is a romance, but a romance of the sort that could only take place in  nineteenth-century Australia. For only on that sprawling continent--a haven for misfits of both the animal and human kingdoms--could a nervous Anglican minister... Read more






Parrot and Olivier in America
Written by Peter Carey
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 2011
$15.95/(Canada) | 978-0-307-47601-2 (0-307-47601-4)

Man Booker Prize Finalist
National Book Award Finalist

Two-time Booker Prize-winner Peter Carey’s latest feat of imagination is an irrepressible, audacious, and trenchantly funny novel set mostly in nineteenth-century America.
 
Olivier—an improvisation on the life of Alexis de Tocqueville—is an aristocrat born just after the French Revolution. Parrot is the motherless son of an...

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The Tax Inspector
Written by Peter Carey
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 1993
$14.00/(Canada) | 978-0-679-73598-4 (0-679-73598-4)

Granny Catchprice runs her family business (and her family) with senility, cunning, and a handbag full of explosives. Her daughter Cathy would rather be singing Country & Western than selling cars, while Benny Catchprice, sixteen and seriously psychopathic, wants to transform a failing auto franchise into an empire—and himself into an... Read more






Theft
Written by Peter Carey
Vintage | Trade Paperback | May 2007
$16.00/(Canada) | 978-0-307-27648-3 (0-307-27648-1)

Michael "Butcher" Boone is an ex-“really famous" painter, now reduced to living in a remote country house and acting as caretaker for his younger brother, Hugh. Alone together they've forged a delicate equilibrium, a balance instantly destroyed when a mysterious young woman named Marlene walks out of a rainstorm and into... Read more






True History of the Kelly Gang
Written by Peter Carey
Vintage | Trade Paperback | December 2001
$15.95/(Canada) | 978-0-375-72467-1 (0-375-72467-2)

“I lost my own father at 12 yr. of age and know what it is to be raised on lies and silences my dear daughter you are presently too young to understand a word I write but this history is for you and will contain no single lie may I burn... Read more






The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith
Written by Peter Carey
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 1996
$16.00/(Canada) | 978-0-679-76036-8 (0-679-76036-9)

From a writer whom Thomas Keneally calls "one of the great figures on the cusp of the millennium" comes a novel that conjures an entire world that suggests our own, but tilted on its axis—a world whose most powerful country, Voorstand, dominates its neighbors with ruthless espionage and its mesmerizing but... Read more






Wrong About Japan
Written by Peter Carey
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 2006
$15.95/(Canada) | 978-1-4000-7836-3 (1-4000-7836-9)

When Peter Carey offered to take his son to Japan, 12-year-old Charley stipulated no temples or museums. He wanted to see manga, anime, and cool, weird stuff. His father said yes. Out of that bargain comes this enchanting tour of the mansion of Japanese culture, as entered through its garish, brightly... Read more





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