Peter Carey

(1967 words)
  • Bruce Woodcock (University of Hull)
  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 9.1.1: Australian Writing and Culture.

Peter Carey acknowledges that he has always been fascinated by the “monsters within us”, and his writing explores psychological and social monsters in ways which are unnervingly entertaining. Carey has a gift for riveting narrative, startling concepts, quirky characters and laugh-out-loud comedy. His fiction is both disturbing and entrancing, having genuine popular appeal while making few concessions to the reader's peace of mind.

Peter Philip Carey was born in 1943 in the small town of Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Australia, where his father ran Carey Motors, a local garage and car dealership which became a prosperous empire after the depression. This setting forms a background to a number of his fictions including the short …

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Woodcock, Bruce. "Peter Carey". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 July 2001
[, accessed 28 September 2016.]

Articles on Carey's works

  1. Illywhacker
  2. Jack Maggs
  3. My Life as a Fake
  4. The Tax Inspector
  5. The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith
  6. True History of the Kelly Gang