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Peter Carey

Peter Carey is the author of thirteen previous novels and is a two-time winner of 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 more than twenty-five years.

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Written by Peter Carey
Vintage | Trade Paperback | December 2015
$15.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-8041-7132-8 (0-8041-7132-7)

In this dark, suspenseful, and seriously funny novel, two-time Booker winner Peter Carey takes us to the place where the cyber underworld collides with international politics. When Gaby Baillieux, Australia’s most formidable hacker, releases the Angel Worm virus into her country’s prison system, cell doors are opened and inmates walk...

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

For thirty-nine years Harry Joy has been the quintessential good guy. But one morning Harry has a heart attack on his suburban front lawn, and, for the space of nine minutes, he becomes a dead guy. And although he is resuscitated, he will never be the same. For, as Peter Carey... Read more

The Chemistry of Tears
Written by Peter Carey
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 2013
$15.00/0.00(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
$15.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-74332-3 (0-679-74332-4)

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... Read more

His Illegal Self
Written by Peter Carey
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 2009
$14.95/0.00(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

Written by Peter Carey
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 1996
$16.95/0.00(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
$16.95/0.00(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

A Long Way from Home
Written by Peter Carey
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 2019
$16.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-525-43599-0 (0-525-43599-9)

Irene Bobs loves fast driving. Her husband is the best car salesman in southeastern Australia. Together they enter the 1954 Redex Trial, a weeks-long endurance contest of a car race that circles the entire continent. With them is their lanky, fair-haired navigator: deposed quiz show champion and failed schoolteacher Willie Bachhuber... Read more

My Life as a Fake
Written by Peter Carey
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 2005
$15.95/0.00(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
$16.95/0.00(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

Oscar and Lucinda, True History of the Kelly Gang
Written by Peter Carey, Introduction by Paul Giles
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | September 2019
$28.00/37.00(Canada) | 978-1-101-90820-4 (1-101-90820-3)

Peter Carey's two Booker Prize-winning novels, in one handsome hardcover volume.

Oscar and Lucinda is a sweeping, irrepressibly inventive novel set in nineteenth-century Australia. Oscar, a nervous Anglican minister who gambles on the instructions of the Divine, joins forces with Lucinda, a teenaged heiress who buys a glassworks to help liberate her... Read more

Parrot and Olivier in America
Written by Peter Carey
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 2011
$17.00/0.00(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
$16.00/0.00(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

Written by Peter Carey
Vintage | Trade Paperback | May 2007
$16.00/0.00(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
$16.95/0.00(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
$16.00/0.00(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
$15.95/0.00(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