One of our most acclaimed authors, two-time Booker Prize winner Peter Carey’s novels temper feats of imagination and language with a solid grounding in history and literature. Through his novels, many of which re-imagine the peopling and history of his native Australia, Carey has garnered renown as a novelist who can write about important subjects in a voice both readable and distinctly challenging.
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Also Known As:
Peter Philip Carey
Date of Birth:
May 7, 1943
Place of Birth:
Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Australia
Monash University (no degree)
National Book Council Award, 1982 and 1985; Booker Prize, 1988 and 2001; Commonwealth Writers Prize, 1998 and 2001
Peter Carey's official web site
|Meeting the Queen|
|Carey caused a stir in the British press when he declined an invitation to meet Queen Elizabeth II. The royal invitation is extended to all winners of the Commonwealth Writers Prize, which Carey received in 1998 for Jack Maggs. He did meet the Queen after he won the award a second time, for True History of the Kelly Gang in 2001.|
|The Booker Prize Winners|
|Oscar and Lucinda|
This 1988 novel, which tells the story of a colonial Australian heiress and her ill-fated love for an English clergyman, helped establish Carey as one of the literary heavyweights of his generation.
|The True History of the Kelly Gang|
The True History of the Kelly Gang centers on a notorious 19th-century outlaw whose legacy still shapes Australia's consciousness. "The poetry that Carey can coax from this lightly educated ruffian's lightly punctuated prose gratifies us on every page," John Updike wrote in a review for The New Yorker.
|Photo by Marion Ettlinger||