Peter Carey’s New Novel ‘A Long Way From Home’ Tackles What It Means to be Australian

Peter Carey’s New Novel ‘A Long Way From Home’ Tackles What It Means to be Australian

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Peter Carey’s latest book A Long Way From Home is set in the 1950s and explores the racial relations between European settlers and the Indigenous people of the land. It’s a subject Carey has long avoided in his writing, because although he feels it’s the most important aspect of Australia – ‘we all know it’s their land, we all know hundreds of thousands of Indigenous people were murdered’ – it’s an uncomfortable position to wake up one morning and realise you’re a beneficiary of a genocide.

Podcast Guest: Peter Carey

Peter Carey is an Australian novelist known best for his novels Oscar and Lucinda, The True History of the Kelly Gang, and his collection of short stories The Fat Man in History. He has won the Miles Franklin award three times and is one of four writers to win the Booker prize twice. Presently he lives in New York.

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                      Publisher details

                      A Long Way from Home
                      Author
                      Peter Carey
                      Publisher
                      Penguin
                      Genre
                      Fiction
                      Released
                      30 October, 2017

                      Synopsis

                      Irene Bobs loves fast driving. Her husband is the best car salesman in western Victoria. Together they enter the Redex Trial, a brutal race around the ancient continent over roads no car will ever quite survive.With them is their lanky fair-haired navigator, Willie Bachhuber, a quiz show champion and failed schoolteacher whose job it is to call out the turns, the grids, the creek crossings on a map that will finally remove them, without warning, from the lily-white Australia they know so well.This thrilling, high-speed story starts in one way and then takes you someplace else. It is often funny, the more so as the world gets stranger, and always a page-turner, even as you learn a history these characters never knew themselves. Set in the 1950s amid the consequences of the age of empires, this brilliantly vivid and lively novel reminds us how Europeans took possession of a timeless culture – the high purpose they invented and the crimes they committed along the way.Peter Carey has twice won the Booker Prize for his explorations of Australian history. A Long Way from Home is his late-style masterpiece.
                      Peter Carey
                      About the author

                      Peter Carey

                      Peter Carey is the multi-award-winning author of thirteen novels, plus two highly acclaimed collections of short stories and a memoir, Wrong About Japan. His books have won or been short-listed for every major literary award in Australia. He has won the Booker Prize twice - in 2001 for True History of the Kelly Gang and in 1988 for Oscar And Lucinda. In 1998 he won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Jack Maggs, and again in 2001 for True History of the Kelly Gang. He has won the Miles Franklin Literary Award three times (for BlissOscar and Lucinda and Jack Maggs)Born in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Peter Carey now lives in New York. 

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