A Long Way From Home

Peter Carey

The late style masterpiece from Peter Carey, twice winner of the Booker Prize. Read by Eloise Oxer and Amos Phillips.

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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

Neither a road trip nor a state-of-the-nation novel. Instead, it is a domes­tic drama on wheels, an inquiry into the metaphysics of race, and an antic vehicle for Carey’s inimitable and lacerating wit... There are other maps that underlay the one that marks the Redex route: maps of murder, of dispossession. Their encounters with indig­enous Australians are tragic, comic and banal.... A Long Way From Home reminds us that great novels are not ideological — neither exploitative nor excessively well-meaning — but tough-minded, complex admissions of failure, guilt and confusion.

The Australian
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‘Loud and fleshy and hilarious’

Financial Times
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Intriguing... captures the innocent excitement of the times and tackles head-on Australia's thorny relationship with its Aboriginal population

Mail on Sunday
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‘The Australian double Booker Prize-winner returns with a novel of road racing and postcolonial reckoning set in the small-town Victoria of his youth.’

Financial Times

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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