Peter Carey was born in Bacchus Marsh Australia and lives in New York City.
His novels have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize four times and have won it twice (for Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang). Carey has also won the Commonwealth prize twice and Australia’s Miles Franklin three times.
He is an officer of the Order of Australia (AO) and a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Literature and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
In his 28 years living in New York he has produced classic works of Australian literature including True History of the Kelly Gang and A Long Way from Home.
Since 2003 he has been a Distinguished Professor at Hunter College in New York where he is the Executive Director of a highly selective MFA in Creative Writing.
Peter Carey supports the Bushwick literacy group 'Still Waters in a Storm' www.stillwatersinastorm.org, a refuge for immigrant kids in the age of Trump.
He is married to the literary agent Frances Coady.