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  • Published: 3 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9781760896515
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 688
  • RRP: $19.99

Oscar and Lucinda




The incomparable Oscar and Lucinda won Peter Carey his first Booker Prize, and the Miles Franklin Award.

Oscar Hopkins, the hydrophobic, noisy-kneed son of a preacher, renounces his father’s stern religion in favour of the Anglican Church. Lucinda Leplastrier, a frizzy-haired heiress, impulsively buys a glass factory with the inheritance forced on her by a well-intentioned adviser. When the two finally meet, on board a ship to New South Wales, they are bound by their affinity for gambling and risk, their loneliness, and their awkwardly blossoming mutual affection. Love will prove to be their ultimate gamble.

  • Pub date: 3 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9781760896515
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 688
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Peter Carey

Peter Carey was born in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, and now lives in New York. He is the author of fourteen novels (including one for children), two volumes of short stories, and two books on travel. Amongst other prizes, Carey has won the Booker Prize twice (for Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang), the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize twice (for Jack Maggs and True History of the Kelly Gang), and the Miles Franklin Literary Award three times (for Bliss, Oscar and Lucinda and Jack Maggs). He is an officer of the Order of Australia and a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Literature and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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Praise for Oscar and Lucinda

“It a masterpiece and compelling read”

Nigella Lawson


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