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Theft: A Love Story

Peter Carey

From the author of Amnesia, Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang, Peter Carey’s Booker longlisted novel of art, friendship and fraud.

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Narrated by the twin voices of the artist Butcher Bones, and his ‘damaged two-hundred-and-twenty-pound brother’ Hugh, Theft: A Love Story once again displays Peter Carey’s extraordinary flair for language. Ranging from the rural wilds of Australia to Manhattan via Tokyo, it is a brilliant and moving exploration of art, fraud, friendship and redemption.

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A funny, gorgeous steal of a book.

Ali Smith
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'Carey has produced a humane, gloriously Australian book of grand passion, bad breath and high mischief. It is a rudely brilliant, infuriatingly beautiful, belligerently profane work of art.'

Patrick Ness, Guardian
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The best novel I've read all year

Melanie McGrath, Evening Standard

Peter Carey was born in Australia in 1943. He claims his birthplace of Bacchus Marsh had a population of 4,000. This fact should probably be checked. He was educated at the local state school until the age of eleven and then became a boarder at Geelong Grammar School. He was a student there between 1954 and 1960 — after Rupert…

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