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Carey, Peter 1943-

Works: 388 works in 1,845 publications in 18 languages and 43,851 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  History  Historical fiction  Biographical fiction  Action and adventure fiction  Picaresque fiction  Romance fiction  Suspense fiction  Science fiction 
Roles: Author, Scenarist, Former owner, Illustrator, Interviewee, Bibliographic antecedent, Performer, Author of dialog, Creator, Editor
Classifications: PR9619.3.C36, 823.914
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True history of the Kelly gang by Peter Carey( Book )

107 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 3,358 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 )

118 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in 11 languages and held by 2,844 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 English and German and held by 2,701 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the two time Booker Prize-winning author, an improvisation on the life of Alexis de Tocqueville, and an irrepressibly funny portrait of the impossible friendship between a master and a servant. Olivier is a French aristocrat, the traumatised child of survivors of the Revolution; Parrot the son of an itinerant English printer who always wanted to be an artist but has ended up a servant. Born on different sides of history, their lives will be joined by their travels in America. When Olivier sets sail for the New World - ostensibly to study its prisons but in reality to save his neck from one more revolution - Parrot is sent with him, as spy, protector, foe and foil. As the narrative shifts between the perspectives of Parrot and Olivier, and their picaresque travels together and apart - in love and politics, prisons and the world of art"--Jacket
Jack Maggs by Peter Carey( Book )

102 editions published between 1993 and 2015 in 11 languages and held by 2,389 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 )

51 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,955 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Michael, a.k.a., "Butcher", Boone is an ex "very famous' 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, a damaged man of imposing physicality and childlike emotional volatility. Alone together they've forged a delicate and shifting equilibrium, a balance instantly destroyed when a mysterious young woman named Marlene walks out of a rainstorm and into their lives on three-inch Manolo Blahnik heels.--[book jacket]
My life as a fake : a novel by Peter Carey( Book )

85 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 1,909 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
His illegal self by Peter Carey( Book )

47 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,896 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
The chemistry of tears by Peter Carey( Book )

46 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and Spanish and held by 1,859 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
The tax inspector by Peter Carey( Book )

62 editions published between 1985 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On an audit of Catchprice Motors, the tax inspector finds that the Catchprice family have dangerous dreams. Granny always wanted a flower farm, her 47 year old daughter wants to be a country singer, and 16 year old Benny is about to turn himself into an angel
Illywhacker by Peter Carey( Book )

58 editions published between 1984 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 walking embodiment of the Australian national character'espcially of its proclivity for tall stories and barefaced lies. As Carey follows this charming scoundrel across a continent and a century, he creates a crazy quilt of outlandish encounters, with characters that include a genteel dowager who fends off madness with an electric belt and a ravishing young girl with a dangerous fondness for rooftop trysts. Boldly inventive, irresistibly odd, Illywhacker is further proof that Peter Carey is one of the most enchanting writers at work in any hemisphere. From the Trade Paperback edition
Amnesia by Peter Carey( Book )

31 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 1,303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the two-time Booker Prize winner: a masterful, exceedingly timely new novel--at once dark, suspenseful, and seriously funny--that takes us on a journey to the place where the cyber underworld of radicals and hackers collides with international power politics. When an internet virus throws open the gates at thousands of American prisons, the hacker turns out to be an unlikely young Australian woman. Has she declared cyber war on the United States or was her "Angel Worm" intended only to free the victims of Australia's immigration policies? Is she innocent? Can she be saved? The answers are up to law-suit-magnet journalist Felix Moore, a.k.a. Felix Moore-or-less-correct. His career is tanking when he gets this chance to write a biography that will vindicate the young woman. Funding is to be provided by an old friend--an outrageous millionaire property developer--and further impetus by an old flame: the young woman's actress mother whom Felix worshiped when they were at university together. And it will be our great good fortune to see the world through Felix's comic, cowardly, angry, yet fundamentally humane eyes as he attempts to save the young woman--and redeem himself in the bargain"--
My life as a fake by Peter Carey( Recording )

25 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 1,280 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 )

45 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in English and German and held by 1,069 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 )

52 editions published between 1981 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,026 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."--Page 4 of cover
True history of the Kelly gang by Peter Carey( )

25 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 947 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 big Bazoohley by Peter Carey( Book )

30 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 880 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
The fat man in history, and other stories by Peter Carey( Book )

49 editions published between 1974 and 2015 in English and Greek, Modern and held by 815 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 )

31 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 805 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 )

23 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 767 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 )

22 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 698 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
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True history of the Kelly gang
Alternative Names
Carey, Peter

Carey, Peter Philip.

Carey, Peter Philip 1943-

Ḳeri, Piṭer 1943-

Peter Carey australiensk författare

Peter Carey Australisch schrijver

Peter Carey Australischer Schriftsteller

Peter Carey australsk skribent

Peter Carey scrittore australiano

Petrus Carey

Кэри, Питер

Кэри, Питер, 1943-

Пітер Керрі

פיטר קארי

پیتر کری نویسنده استرالیایی

케리, 피터

カーレイ, ピーター

ケアリー, ピーター



Oscar & LucindaParrot and Olivier in AmericaJack MaggsTheft : a love storyMy life as a fake : a novelHis illegal selfThe tax inspectorIllywhacker