A LONG WAY FROM HOME
In his new novel, Carey returns to the remote country towns of his childhood and unrelenting expanses of land in-between to address this fraught history head-on.
Until now, the double Booker prize-winning Peter Carey has, in his own words, “avoided a direct confrontation with race, and the question of what it might mean to be a white Australian.” In his new novel, Carey returns to the remote country towns of his childhood and unrelenting expanses of land in between to address this fraught history head-on.
When husband and wife, Titch and Irene Bobs, enter a life changing 10,000-mile 17-day car race around the country as a publicity stunt for Titch’s used car business, they enlist the help of their neighbour and their expert navigator Willie Bachhuber.
What Willie uncovers about his heritage along the way morphs their bonds and brings to light the shameful treatment of Australia’s indigenous people.
A breathtaking book that really unearths what life was like in Australia and what that means nowadays. The book explores themes of race and breaking down barriers – whilst providing an enticing and utterly engaging read.