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  • Published: 3 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9781841593968
  • Imprint: Everyman
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 936
  • RRP: $39.99

Oscar and Lucinda

True History of the Kelly Gang




Two novels in one hardback gift volume. Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang by twice Booker winner Peter Carey

OSCAR AND LUCINDA is a sweeping, irrepressibly inventive novel set in nineteenth-century England and Australia where the two potential lovers lead parallel lives until chance brings them together on board ship.
A narrative tangle of love, religion, gambling, commerce and colonialism culminates in a nightmare expedition – the result of a wager – to transport a glass church across the Australian wilderness.

In TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG the legendary Australian outlaw Ned Kelly speaks for himself in a voice that is direct, colloquial, theatrical, and utterly magical. To his pursuers he is nothing but a monstrous criminal, but to his own people he is a hero, defying British imperial authority in support of the poor Irish settlers who are its victims. In a dazzling act of ventriloquism, Carey brings the famous bushranger unforgettably to life.

  • Pub date: 3 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9781841593968
  • Imprint: Everyman
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 936
  • RRP: $39.99

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

“A novel of extraordinary richness, complexity and strength … it brings the past, in all its difference, bewilderingly into our present. It fills me with a wild, savage envy and no novelist could say fairer than that.”

Angela Carter

“There is no greater triumph than fiction which engages with life’s tragedy and comedy both, and which acknowledges their inseparability. Oscar and Lucinda accomplishes this. Full of ideas – about religion, about nationhood, about individuality – it is never burdened by them: it is always fixed in the material world, in its endlessly surprising detail.”

Claire Messud, Daily Telegraph


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