Books by Peter Carey

Peter Carey is the author of eight novels, including the Booker Prize–winning Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang, and, most recently, My Life as a Fake. Born in Australia in 1943, Carey now lives in New York City.


A LONG WAY FROM HOME by Peter Carey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"In the guise of a period piece, Carey's novel raises issues of culture and race that carry a thoroughly contemporary charge."
This picaresque comedy goes thematically deeper as it heads into the Outback. Read full book review >
AMNESIA by Peter Carey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"A relatively forgettable entry in a top-shelf novelist's oeuvre."
Carey returns to his native Australia, the setting of his two Booker-winning novels (Oscar and Lucinda, 1988; True History of the Kelly Gang, 2001), for this busy, history-soaked study of politics, family and computer hacking.Read full book review >
THE CHEMISTRY OF TEARS by Peter Carey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2012

"For what it's worth, the thematic key would seem to be a Latin epigram, which translates, 'You cannot see what you can see.' It's a novel that will amuse or challenge some and frustrate others."
A puzzling novel that doesn't reveal its secrets easily. Read full book review >
PARROT AND OLIVIER IN AMERICA by Peter Carey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 23, 2010

"Quirky and erudite, but the payoff in human-interest terms is meager."
A New World historical novel from Carey, the two-time Australian-born winner of the Man Booker prize. Read full book review >
HIS ILLEGAL SELF by Peter Carey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2008

"Carey's mastery of tone and command of point of view are very much in evidence in his latest novel (My Life as a Fake, 2004, etc.), which is less concerned with period-piece politics than with the essence of identity."
This isn't the first fictional work to explore the militant radical underground of the late 1960s and early '70s, but it may well be the best. Read full book review >
THEFT by Peter Carey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2006

"Is the endlessly inventive Carey on the Nobel shortlist? He ought to be."
The two-time Booker-winner's ninth novel is a feisty ironic comedy focused on a failed painter who'd give Joyce Cary's Gully Jimson a run for his money. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Thoughtful, sensitive exploration of contemporary Japanese culture."
Booker-winning Carey (The True History of the Kelly Gang, 2001, etc.) ruefully describes a visit with his son in search of "the Real Japan," during which he learns that his ideas, like all assumptions about the unfamiliar, are flawed. Read full book review >
MY LIFE AS A FAKE by Peter Carey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 30, 2003

"So will Peter Carey, God bless him. A Nabokovian masterpiece."
The two-time New Zealand Booker winner (The True History of the Kelly Gang, 2000, etc.) traces the honeycombed ramifications of a brazen literary hoax (based on a real incident that occurred in 1943 in Australia). Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 6, 2001

"Not so much 'wildly distorted,' it turns out, as disjointed and unfocused."
Booker-winning novelist Carey (The True History of the Kelly Gang, 2001, etc.) turns in a "distorted" tour of Sydney during last year's Olympic Games. Read full book review >
THE TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG by Peter Carey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2001

"Carey has written several fine contemporary novels, but his genius always seems especially invigorated by an encounter with the past, as in this sorrowful, bleakly beautiful meditation on his native Australia's poisoned history."
Booker Prize-winner Carey (Jack Maggs, 1998, etc.) assumes the voice of 19th-century Australian outlaw Ned Kelly. Read full book review >
JACK MAGGS by Peter Carey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"His incessant letter-writing, though, used to explain his past to his boy (and to us), proves a cumbersome device."
Returning to the historical territory—19th-century Australia and England—of his Booker-winning Oscar and Lucinda (1988), Carey sets his sights on 1830s London, where an exiled convict has returned to breathe the air of home and to see his beloved son. Read full book review >
THE BIG BAZOOHLEY by Peter Carey
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Whether describing the art collector's entrance or the miniature worlds in the paintings of Sam's mother, Carey (The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith, 1995, etc.) writes his first children's book in the manner of Mark Helprin, mining wonder in surprising places."
Sam Kellow has the anxiousness of a child whose parents live large and on the edge. Read full book review >
THE UNUSUAL LIFE OF TRISTAN SMITH by Peter Carey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 1995

"An ambitious book decked out with lots of imaginative finery, this picaresque tale promises the bite of an Orwellian satire but never delivers."
Noted for novels that subtly skew reality, Australian Booker Prize winner Carey (The Tax Inspector, 1991, etc.) now invents countries for his protagonist to illuminate in a story that only flirts with the big issues it raises. Read full book review >
THE TAX INSPECTOR by Peter Carey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 1992

"Still, very good."
From acclaimed Australian novelist Carey (Oscar and Lucinda, 1988; Illywhacker, 1985, etc.), a brilliantly realized, dark comedic story of a dysfunctional but ingenuous family. Read full book review >
OSCAR AND LUCINDA by Peter Carey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1988

"A brave and original novel."
As he demonstrated in Bliss (1981) and Illywhacker (1985), Carey is partial to eccentrics. Read full book review >
ILLYWHACKER by Peter Carey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1985

"Overall, Carey proves himself an experimental writer par excellance, and the story is often delightful, but this remains a book only for the patient reader."
This new novel by the talented Australian writer (The Fat Man In History, 1980, and Bliss, 1981) clearly outlines the struggle for a national Australian identity. Read full book review >
BLISS by Peter Carey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1981

"But, even if erratic, this is strong work from a big, growing talent."
Harry Joy is 39, an ad-man in an unnamed Australian city, who while mowing his lawn one day has a heart attack and dies. Read full book review >
FAT MAN IN HISTORY by Peter Carey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1980

"But Carey has both a true imagination and an effective voice—and this intriguing collection indicates that there may be better, more substantial fiction to come."
Ten stories by a talented Australian: vividly imagined, cleanly written futurist fables that, despite faint echoes of Donald Barthelme and Ian McEwan, really are most akin to the work of such darkly progressive, sociologically-oriented science fiction writers as Harlan Ellison, Jack Dann, and Christopher Priest. Read full book review >