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A Long Way From Home

Peter Carey

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.

Critic Reviews

Superb . . . A wild, strange, magical ride of a book.

Daily Telegraph
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Surely Australia’s greatest living novelist . . . Peter Carey’s best novel in years, maybe decades.

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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.

Tessa Hadley, Guardian
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A writer at full throttle: Australia’s grim past collides with a gruelling car race in Peter Carey’s high-octane novel.

Sunday Times
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Carey’s eye for zestful storytelling is as sharp as ever . . . Loud and fleshy and hilarious.

Financial Times
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‘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.’

Telegraph Summer Reads

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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