Peter Carey

His Illegal Self

Added on March 7, 2016

His Illegal Self Peter Carey Alfred A. Knopf, U.S.A. 2008 His Illegal Self was published simultaneously in Britain, Australia and America. Of note, even though he now lives and teaches in New York, because Carey is Australian, the first edition put out by Random House Australia sells for a little more than the others. The [...]

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True History of the Kelly Gang

Added on January 15, 2015

True History of the Kelly Gang Peter Carey University of Queensland Press, Australia, 2000 True History of the Kelly Gang, despite its title, is a fictionalized account of the life of infamous Australian outlaw, Ned Kelly. It won the Booker Prize, making Carey one of only two writers to win the prize twice. It also [...]

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The Tax Inspector — U.Q.P.

Added on June 22, 2013

The Tax Inspector Peter Carey University of Queensland Press, Australia, 1991 This is the true first edition of Peter Carey’s fourth novel. The New York Times gave it a great review. Here is part of it: “Peter Carey writes beautiful sentences, worked on but not labored; his descriptive passages sweep us along and leave us [...]

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The Chemistry of Tears

Added on December 24, 2012

The Chemistry of Tears Peter Carey Faber and Faber, London, 2012 Peter Carey is one of my favourite writers, and The Chemistry of Tears is another wonderful addition to his work. A grieving lover who cannot divulge her grief, an antique automaton, the story of a man and a woman brought together across history — [...]

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Oscar and Lucinda

Added on April 17, 2012

Oscar and Lucinda Peter Carey University of Queensland Press, Australia, 1988 Peter carey won his first Booker Prize with this epic novel. It also won the Australian Miles Franklin Award and several regional awards. It was made into a major motion picture in 1997. It was included in the 1999 Callil/Toibin publication The 200 Best [...]

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The Tax Inspector

Added on September 8, 2011

The Tax Inspector Peter Carey Franklin Library, U.S.A. 1991 I just had a look on-line to see what these beautifully bound and specially signed Franklin Library editions of The Tax Inspector are selling for. And I came to the conclusion that now is the time to buy, my collector friends. The range is about $50 [...]

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Parrot and Olivier in America

Added on February 14, 2011

Parrot and Olivier in America Peter Carey Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2009 Peter Carey has been living in New York since the early 1990′s, so you would think that the value of his recent American first editions would have moved closer to the value of the Australian firsts. But no. Signed U.S. firsts top [...]

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My Life as a Fake

Added on December 27, 2010

My Life as a Fake Peter Carey Knopf, Australia, 2003 According to Wikipedia, this novel is loosely based on the 1943 Australian Ern Malley hoax in which two poets invented a fictitious poet and submitted poetry under the name of Ern Malley to Angry Penguins magazine. The young editor of the magazine thought he had [...]

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The Tax Inspector – Reading Copy

Added on July 10, 2010

The Tax Inspector – Reading Copy Peter Carey Faber and Faber, London, 1991 Like I have said before, if you are like me, you are reluctant to read your collectible books and risk damaging them. When it comes to your favourite books, you need reading copies. Ex-library books in good condition make great reading copies. [...]

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Theft

Added on May 24, 2010

Theft Peter Carey Alfred A. Knopf, U.S.A. 2006 Theft, another excellent novel by Australian Peter Carey, was nominated for most of the international literary prizes. It won two prestigious awards in Australia, and it received a coveted starred review from Publishers Weekly. This first U.S. edition is in fine/fine condition. It is signed, placed in [...]

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