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Carey, Peter 1943-

Works: 297 works in 1,786 publications in 31 languages and 42,953 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Biographical fiction  Picaresque literature  Historical fiction  History  Juvenile works  Domestic fiction  Film adaptations  Drama 
Roles: Author, Scenarist, Former owner, Bibliographic antecedent, Illustrator, Interviewee, Editor, Creator
Classifications: PR9619.3.C36, 823.914
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Most widely held works about Peter Carey
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True history of the Kelly gang by Peter Carey( Book )
142 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in 19 languages and held by 3,638 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The legend of Ned Kelly, notorious outlaw and bank robber, as written in his own words for an infant daughter he's never seen
Oscar & Lucinda by Peter Carey( Book )
155 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in 16 languages and held by 3,034 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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 who gambles on the instructions of the Divine become allied with a teenaged heiress who buys a glassworks to help liberate her sex. And only the prodigious imagination of Peter Carey could implicate Oscar and Lucinda in a narrative of love and commerce, religion and colonialism, that culminates in a half-mad expedition to transport a glass church across the Outback
Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey( Book )
59 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 2,987 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Olivier is the traumatized child of aristocratic survivors of the French Revolution. Parrot is the motherless son of an itinerant English engraver. When Olivier sets sail for the nascent United States, Parrot will be there, too: as spy for an enigmatic one-armed marquis, and as protector, foe, and foil for Olivier
Jack Maggs by Peter Carey( Book )
92 editions published between 1997 and 2015 in 12 languages and held by 2,512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A novel on hypnosis set in 19th century London. The protagonist is Jack Maggs, an English convict who returns from Australia. He suffers from painful spasms, attributed to his criminal nature, and an attempt is made to cure him, using the new science of mesmerism
Theft : a love story by Peter Carey( Book )
70 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in 12 languages and held by 2,308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"From the two-time Booker Prize-winning author and recipient of the Commonwealth Prize comes this new novel about obsession, deception, and redemption, at once an engrossing psychological suspense story and a work of highly charged, fiendishly funny literary fiction." From the bookjacket
The chemistry of tears by Peter Carey( Book )
53 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in 9 languages and held by 2,229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
London, 2010. Grieving the loss of her lover, Swinburne museum curator Catherine Gehrig is given a special project-- bring back to life an automaton whose original owner, 19th century Englishman Henry Brandling, was also confronted with the mystery of life and death
His illegal self by Peter Carey( Book )
52 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 2,201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Brought up in isolated privilege by his New York grandmother, Che, a precocious seven-year-old boy, yearns for his parents, radical activists wanted by the FBI, until a woman claiming to be his mother arrives to help him escape
My life as a fake : a novel by Peter Carey( Book )
86 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in 12 languages and held by 2,180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Accompanying the arrogant poet, John Slater, to Malaysia, London editor Sarah Wode-Douglass finds herself obsessively drawn to a mysterious manuscript that bears a legacy of fraud and danger
Illywhacker by Peter Carey( Book )
73 editions published between 1984 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Illywhacker is a dazzling comic narrative from the lips of the 139-year-old Herbert Badgery. Overflowing with magic, jokes and inventions, peopled with aviators, car salesmen, Chinamen and impresarios, Peter Carey's novel was greeted with widespread acclaim"--Dustjacket
The tax inspector by Peter Carey( Book )
61 editions published between 1991 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 1,399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The day that Benny Catchprice was fired from the spare parts department of Catchprice Motors by his aunt Cathy was also the day that the Tax Inspector, Maria Takis, arrived to begin her long-overdue audit of the family business. But this is no ordinary investigation. Maria is eight months' pregnant, Granny Catchprice is at war with her offspring, and Benny, her grandson, wants to become an angel ..."--P. [4] of cover
My life as a fake by Peter Carey( Recording )
21 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 1,384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In the 1950's poet Christopher Chubb teaches Australia a lesson about pretension when he composes a body of sexually charged poems, then dupes a trendy literary magazine into believing the poems were written by the late Bob McCorkle, an undiscovered genius. But the trick backfires, and soon Chubb finds himself tormented by the very monster he creates. Decades later a literary editor named Sarah Wode-Douglass begins peeling back the layers of the Chubb mystery in of all places, Malaysia--where the reclusive poet remains in hiding
The unusual life of Tristan Smith : a novel by Peter Carey( Book )
43 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A satire on Australia and its relationship to the U.S. The protagonist is actor Tristan Smith, a dwarf. He is a citizen of Effica, a small country whose theater is overshadowed by Voorstand, a big country with a culture that dominates the world. The novel follows him to Voorstand where his father became a famous actor by selling his soul. Tristan, too, achieves fame, but his career is cut short when the Voorstand authorities declare him a subversive
Bliss by Peter Carey( Book )
78 editions published between 1981 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 1,151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"For thirty-nine years Harry Joy has been the quintessential good guy. But one morning Harry has a heart attack in his front garden, and for nine minutes he becomes a dead guy. Although he is resuscitated, he will never be the same. Bliss is an astonishing, darkly funny novel which explores how death can be a necessary prelude to life."--P. [4] of cover
The big Bazoohley by Peter Carey( Book )
48 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in 11 languages and held by 1,028 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When his family runs low on funds while on a trip to Toronto, nine-year-old Sam allows himself to be "borrowed" and entered in a contest to find the Perfecto Kiddo, hoping to win $10,000
True history of the Kelly gang by Peter Carey( )
24 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 1,021 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In True History of the Kelly Gang, the legendary Ned Kelly speaks for himself, scribbling his narrative on errant scraps of paper in semiliterate but magically descriptive prose as he flees from the police. To his pursuers, Kelly is nothing but a monstrous criminal, a thief and a murderer. To his own people, the lowly class of ordinary Australians, the bushranger is a hero, defying the authority of the English to direct their lives. Indentured by his bootlegger mother to a famous horse thief (who was also her lover), Ned saw his first prison cell at 15 and by the age of 26 had become the most wanted man in the wild colony of Victoria, taking over whole towns and defying the law until he was finally captured and hanged. Here is a classic outlaw tale, made alive by the skill of a great novelist
The fat man in history, and other stories by Peter Carey( Book )
58 editions published between 1974 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 900 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of surrealistic stories set in the near future centers on such bizarre events as a genetic lottery for winning new bodies and a revolution organized by a group of ostracized fat men
His illegal self by Peter Carey( Recording )
27 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 870 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Che is a precocious young boy raised in isolated privilege by his New York grandmother. Yearning for his famous outlaw parents--radical 1960s activists who are now among the FBI's most wanted--he's denied all access to television and the news. But he takes hope from his long-haired teenage neighbor, who predicts, "They will come for you, man. They'll break you out of here." And one afternoon, the prediction appears to come true. Soon Che, too, is an outlaw, fleeing with the woman into the subway and pitched into a journey that leads them to a hippie commune in the jungles of tropical Australia. Here, Che slowly, bravely confronts his life, learning that nothing is what it seems
Parrot & Olivier in America [a novel] by Peter Carey( Recording )
21 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 864 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Olivier, the son of penniless aristocrats who barely escaped the violence of the French Revolution, sets sail to America to avoid confrontation with his enemies. Meanwhile, Parrot, a young Englishman, also leaves for America. Over the course of their adventures, their fates are inevitably entwined through their mutual acquaintance with a one-armed marquis
The chemistry of tears a novel by Peter Carey( Recording )
18 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 724 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Museum curator Catherine's affair comes to an abrupt end with her married lover's untimely death. Denied outward grief by the nature of their relationship, Catherine retreats into isolation. Delving into notebooks more than a century old, she feels a growing connection to Henry Brandling, who in 1854 gave life to a mechanical creature
Theft a love story by Peter Carey( Recording )
18 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Michael Boone is an ex-painter: opinionated, furious, brilliant, and now reduced to living in the remote country house of his biggest collector and acting as caretaker for his younger brother Hugh. Together they forged a delicate balance that was instantly destroyed when a mysterious young woman named Marlene walks out of the rainstorm and into their lives
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Alternative Names
Carey, Peter
Carey, Peter Philip.
Carey, Peter Philip 1943-
Ḳeri, Piṭer 1943-
Кэри, Питер, 1943-
カーレイ, ピーター
ケアリー, ピーター
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