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  • Published: 3 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9781760896522
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $19.99
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Theft: A Love Story




One of Peter Carey's most searingly inventive novels yet. Wise, funny, profound.

Michael ‘Butcher’ Boone is an ex-‘really famous’ painter, now reduced to living in a remote country house and acting as caretaker for his younger brother, Hugh. Alone together they’ve forged a delicate equilibrium, a balance instantly destroyed when a mysterious young woman named Marlene walks out of a rainstorm and into their lives. Beautiful, smart, and ambitious, she’s the daughter-in-law of the late great painter Jacques Liebovitz. Soon Marlene sets in motion a chain of events that could be the making, or the ruin, of them all . . .

  • Pub date: 3 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9781760896522
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • 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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