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This story is the song of Australia, and it sings its protest in a voice at once crude and delicate, menacing and heart-wrenching. The author gives us Ned Kelly as orphan, as Oedipus, as horse thief, farmer, bushranger, reformer, bank-robber, police-killer and as his country's Robin Hood.
Peter Carey was born in 1943 in Australia and lives in New York. He is the author of the highly acclaimed selection of short stories. The Fat Man in History, six novels, Bliss, Illywhacker, Oscar and Lucinda, The Tax Inspector, The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith and Jack Maggs, and a book for children, The Big Bazoohley. Oscar and Lucinda has been made into a film by Gillian Armstrong starring Ralph Fiennes.
Winner of Booker Prize for Fiction 2001 and The Commonwealth Writer's Prize Best Book South East Asia and South Pacific 2001 and The Commonwealth Writers Prize 2001. Short-listed for Tasmania Pacific Rim Region Prizes: Fiction 2003 and International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2002 and IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2002 and Book Data/ABA Book of the Year Award 2000.