A Long Way From Home
The late style masterpiece from Peter Carey, twice winner of the Booker Prize.
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Longlisted for the 2019 International DUBLIN Literary Award
Shortlisted for the 2019 Walter Scott Historical Fiction Prize
Irene Bobs loves fast driving. Her husband is the best car salesman in rural south eastern Australia. Together they embark upon the Redex Trial, a brutal car race around the continent, over roads no car can ever quite survive.
Set during the 1950s in the dying embers of the British Empire, A Long Way from Home is a thrilling high-speed story, illuminating a country’s relationship with its own ancient culture, and the love made and hurt caused along the way.
Superb . . . A wild, strange, magical ride of a book.
Surely Australia’s greatest living novelist . . . Peter Carey’s best novel in years, maybe decades.
I couldn’t imagine that a car race could be so enthralling . . . Two rich, ripe voices, beautifully realised on the page, are the joy of the novel and at the heart of its achievement.
A writer at full throttle: Australia’s grim past collides with a gruelling car race in Peter Carey’s high-octane novel.
Carey’s eye for zestful storytelling is as sharp as ever . . . Loud and fleshy and hilarious.
‘The 14th novel by the two-time Booker-winner starts as a rattling good tale about a race and ends as a painful meditation on race itself. In between, there are 10,000 miles of Australian terrain to navigate and centuries of buried, bloody history. The narrative does a sudden, handbrake turn, and you may feel the book has lost its way, but in the hands of such a skilful driver no detour is entirely wasted.’
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