Carey, Peter (1943-)

Peter Carey, born in Bacchus Marsh Victoria, is considered one of Australia's most successful contemporary authors. As the winner two Bookers, and three Miles Franklin prizes, he now lives in New York, but still considers 'Australia is my lens, I cannot see the world any other way'. 'I woke up in Australia almost every day for the first 47 years of my life. When I left I didn't discard that, didn't reject that, didn't forget that. Not even New York City can wipe that out."

Carey, Peter. "Short term memory." The Weekend Australian Review, October 4-5 2014, p. 8.

Library Resources
AV Resources
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Library Resources


Children's book

Non Fiction

Short stories - Collections

Criticism and interpretation of Peter Carey

Audio Books

AV Resources

  • First Tuesday Book Club Three literary masters, Peter Carey, Paul Auster and Ian McEwan, took time out from the Adelaide Writers' Week to join a very excited Jennifer Byrne in studio.


The Wheeler Centre



Web Resources




Chemistry of Tears



The Big Bazoohley

  • Slepian, Jan, 12 November 1995, Eyes on the prize, in The New York Times, on the Web, viewed 5 November 2014


  • Bliss by Peter Carey, in Kirkus Reviews Issue, February 1, 1981, posted online 19th September, 2011, viewed 7 October 2014.

Chemistry of Tears

His Illegal Self

My life as a fake

Oscar and Lucinda

Parrot and Oliver in America

Theft: a love story

True History of the Kelly Gang

  • Edric, Robert, 7 January 2001, Remaking Ned. Robert Edric salutes an outlaw imagination in Peter Carey's new book, True History of the Kelly Gang, in The Guardian.
  • Reeve, Victoria, 2010, Who cares who's speaking? Cultural voice in Peter Carey's True History of the Kelly Gang', Special issue, Common Readers, JASAL 2010, downloaded 7 October 2014, from: National Library of Australia - Open Publishing

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