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Title True History of the Kelly Gang
Author Peter Carey
Publisher Vintage Canada
Release Date 2010-10-22
Category Fiction
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9780307368652
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The international bestseller and winner of the 2001 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book. Out of 19th century Australia rides a hero of his people and a man for all nations: Ned Kelly, the son of poor Irish immigrants, viewed by the authorities as a thief (especially of horses) and, as a cold-blooded killer. To the people, though, he was a patriot hounded unfairly by rich English landlords and their stooges. In the end, Kelly and his so-called gang (his younger brother and two friends) led a massive police manhunt on a wild goose chase that lasted twenty months, in which Ned’s talents as a bushman were augmented by bank robberies and the support of nearly everyone not in a uniform. His one demand – for which he would have surrendered himself was his jailed mother’s freedom. Executed by hanging more than a century ago, speaking as if from the grave, Kelly still resonates as the most potent legend in the land down under. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Title True History of the Kelly Gang
Author Peter Carey
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2007-12-18
Category Fiction
Total Pages 384
ISBN 0307429830
Language English, Spanish, and French
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“I lost my own father at 12 yr. of age and know what it is to be raised on lies and silences my dear daughter you are presently too young to understand a word I write but this history is for you and will contain no single lie may I burn in Hell if I speak false.” In True History of the Kelly Gang, the legendary Ned Kelly speaks for himself, scribbling his narrative on errant scraps of paper in semiliterate but magically descriptive prose as he flees from the police. To his pursuers, Kelly is nothing but a monstrous criminal, a thief and a murderer. To his own people, the lowly class of ordinary Australians, the bushranger is a hero, defying the authority of the English to direct their lives. Indentured by his bootlegger mother to a famous horse thief (who was also her lover), Ned saw his first prison cell at 15 and by the age of 26 had become the most wanted man in the wild colony of Victoria, taking over whole towns and defying the law until he was finally captured and hanged. Here is a classic outlaw tale, made alive by the skill of a great novelist. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Title True History of the Kelly Gang
Author Peter Carey
Publisher Penguin Group Australia
Release Date 2015-04-22
Category Fiction
Total Pages 496
ISBN 9781743484319
Language English, Spanish, and French
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As he flees the police, Ned Kelly scribbles his narrative in semiliterate but magically descriptive prose. To his pursuers he is a thief and a murderer. To his own people he’s a hero for opposing the English. Ned, who saw his first prison cell at fifteen, has become the most wanted man in the wild colony of Victoria, taking over towns and defying authority. Here is a classic outlaw tale, made alive by the skill of a great novelist. There are no sentences like these in all Australian literature and yet they could only have grown from our soil.

Illywhacker by Peter Carey

Title Illywhacker
Author Peter Carey
Publisher Faber & Faber
Release Date 2011-06-16
Category Fiction
Total Pages 576
ISBN 9780571267095
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An illywhacker is a confidence trickster, and Herbert Badgery, the 139-year-old narrator of this dazzling comic novel, may be the king of them all. Vagabond and charlatan, aviator and car salesman, seducer and patriarch, Badgery travels across the Australian continent and a century in a picaresque novel full of outlandish encounters and dangerous characters. Overflowing with magic, jokes and inventions, Illywhacker is a contemporary classic.

Title A Study Guide for Peter Carey s True History of the Kelly Gang
Author Gale, Cengage Learning
Publisher Gale, Cengage Learning
Release Date 2016
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 23
ISBN 9781410361271
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A Study Guide for Peter Carey's "True History of the Kelly Gang," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Literary Newsmakers for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Literary Newsmakers for Students for all of your research needs.

My Life As A Fake by Peter Carey

Title My Life as a Fake
Author Peter Carey
Publisher Vintage Canada
Release Date 2010-08-06
Category Fiction
Total Pages 288
ISBN 0307368661
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Following the triumph of his Booker Prize–winning True History of the Kelly Gang, Peter Carey ventures into the Far East with a novel shot through with mysteries at once historical, literary, and personal. Sarah Wode-Douglass, the editor of a London poetry magazine, had grown up knowing the famous and infamous John Slater. And because he figured prominently in the disaster that was her parents’ marriage, when Slater proposes that she accompany him to Malaysia, Sarah embarks out of curiosity on a journey that becomes, instead, a lifelong obsession. Her discoveries spiral outward from Christopher Chubb, a destitute Australian she meets by chance in the steamy, fetid city of Kuala Lumpur. He is mad, Slater warns her, explaining the ruinous hoax Chubb had committed decades earlier. But lurking behind the man’s peculiarity and arrogance, Sarah senses, is artistic genius, in the form of a manuscript he teases her with and which she soon would do anything to acquire. The provenance of this work, she gradually learns, is marked by kidnapping, exile, and death — a relentless saga that reaches from Melbourne to Bali, Sumatra, and Java, and that more than once compels her back to Malaysia without ever disclosing all of its secrets, only the power of the imagination and the price it can exact from those who would wield it. Astonishing, mesmerizing, and ultimately shocking, My Life as a Fake is the most audacious novel yet in Peter Carey’s extraordinary career. From the Trade Paperback edition.

A Long Way From Home by Peter Carey

Title A Long Way From Home
Author Peter Carey
Publisher Faber & Faber
Release Date 2018-01-09
Category Fiction
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9780571338870
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Longlisted for the 2019 International DUBLIN Literary Award Longlisted for the 2019 Walter Scott Historical Fiction Prize Irene Bobs loves fast driving. Her husband is the best car salesman in rural south eastern Australia. Together with Willie, their lanky navigator, they embark upon the Redex Trial, a brutal race around the continent, over roads no car will ever quite survive. A Long Way from Home is Peter Carey's late style masterpiece; a thrilling high speed story that starts in one way, then takes you to another place altogether. Set in the 1950s in the embers of the British Empire, painting a picture of Queen and subject, black, white and those in-between, this brilliantly vivid novel illustrates how the possession of an ancient culture spirals through history - and the love made and hurt caused along the way.

Oscar And Lucinda by Peter Carey

Title Oscar and Lucinda
Author Peter Carey
Publisher Faber & Faber
Release Date 2010-12-22
Category Fiction
Total Pages 544
ISBN 9780571267132
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Peter Carey's novel of the undeclared love between clergyman Oscar Hopkins and the heiress Lucinda Leplastrier is both a moving and beautiful love story and a historical tour de force set in Victorian times. Made for each other, the two are gamblers - one obsessive, the other compulsive - incapable of winning at the game of love. Oscar and Lucinda is now available as a Faber Modern Classics edition.

Title Oscar and Lucinda True History of the Kelly Gang
Author Peter Carey
Publisher Everyman's Library
Release Date 2019
Category Fiction
Total Pages 936
ISBN 1101908203
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"A hardcover omnibus volume containing the two novels by Peter Carey that have won the Booker Prize: Oscar and Lucinda (first published by Harper & Row in 1988) and True History of the Kelly Gang (first published by Knopf in 2000). With an introduction by Paul Giles and chronology of author's life and times"--

A Letter To Our Son by Peter Carey

Title A Letter to Our Son
Author Peter Carey
Publisher University of Queensland Press(Australia)
Release Date 1994
Category Authors, Australian
Total Pages 40
ISBN STANFORD:36105009828828
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The feelings and experiences of the author during the period of meeting his infant son's mother, her serious illness, her pregnancy and the birth of the baby. By the author of 'Oscar and Lucinda'.

Title The True Story of Ned Kelly s Last Stand
Author Paul Terry
Publisher Allen & Unwin
Release Date 2012
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 275
ISBN 9781743310069
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Using science, history and family lore to unearth a new understanding of how a legend was made this is the full story of the most famous siege in Australian history - the man and the myth; the people great and small.

Jack Maggs by Peter Carey

Title Jack Maggs
Author Peter Carey
Publisher Vintage Canada
Release Date 2015-03-03
Category Fiction
Total Pages 368
ISBN 9780307367655
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A foundling trained in the art of thievery, Jack Maggs was betrayed and deported to Australia for life. But now, having reversed his fortunes, he seeks to fulfill his innermost desire. Returning to London under threat of execution, he's quickly embroiled in various entanglements among a handful of characters -- each with their own secrets. And as their various schemes converge, the captivating figure at the epicentre is Maggs himself, at once frightening, mystifying, and utterly compelling.

Bliss by Peter Carey

Title Bliss
Author Peter Carey
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2011-07-06
Category Fiction
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9780307787224
Language English, Spanish, and French
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For thirty-nine years Harry Joy has been the quintessential good guy. But one morning Harry has a heart attack on his suburban front lawn, and, for the space of nine minutes, he becomes a dead guy. And although he is resuscitated, he will never be the same. For, as Peter Carey makes abundantly clear in this darkly funny novel, death is sometimes a necessary prelude to real life. Part The Wizard of Oz, part Dante's Inferno, and part Australian Book of the Dead, Bliss is a triumph of uninhibited storytelling from a writer of extravagan gifts.

Our Sunshine by Robert Drewe

Title Our Sunshine
Author Robert Drewe
Publisher Penguin Group Australia
Release Date 2001-09-03
Category Fiction
Total Pages 204
ISBN 9780141008035
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Our Sunshine is the tale of a man whose story outgrew his life. Robert Drewe's strikingly imaginative re-creation of the inner life of Ned Kelly, the National Hero and Devil Incarnate of the Antipodes, is written with a brilliant clarity and impressionistic economy. It carries the reader into a dreamworld of astonishing and violent revelation, an entrancing and frightening landscape of murder, sexuality, persecution, robbery, vanity, politics, and corruption.

Title Parrot and Olivier in America
Author Peter Carey
Publisher Random House Canada
Release Date 2010-04-20
Category Fiction
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9780307358363
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the two-time Booker Prize-winning author: an irrepressible, audacious, trenchantly funny new novel set in the 19th century and inspired in part by the life of Alexis de Tocqueville. With dazzling exuberance and all the richness of characterization, story, and language that we have come to expect from this superlative writer, Peter Carey explores the birth of democracy, the limits of friendship and whether people really can remake themselves in a New World. The two men at the heart of the novel couldn't be any more different: Olivier is the son of French aristocrats who (barely) survived the French Revolution. Parrot is the motherless son of an itinerate English printer. But when young Parrot is separated from his father (after a stupendous conflagration at a house of forgery) he runs into the powerful embrace of a one-armed marquis who will be his conduit - like it or not - into a life as closely (mis)allied with Olivier's as if they were connected by blood. And when Olivier sets sail for America - ostensibly to make a study of the American penal system, but more precisely to save his neck from the latest guillotineurs - Parrot, unable to loosen the Marquis's grip, is there too: as spy, scribe, comptroller, protector, foe and foil. As the narrative unfurls, shifting between the perspectives of Olivier and Parrot, between their picaresque adventures apart and together, in love and politics, prisons and finance, homelands and brave new lands - a most unlikely friendship begins to take hold.

Theft by Peter Carey

Title Theft
Author Peter Carey
Publisher Vintage Canada
Release Date 2010-06-18
Category Fiction
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9780307368638
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Ferocious and funny, penetrating and exuberant, Theft is two-time Booker Prize-winner Peter Carey’s master class on the things people will do for art, for love . . . and for money. “I don’t know if my story is grand enough to be a tragedy, although a lot of shitty stuff did happen. It is certainly a love story but that did not begin until midway through the shitty stuff, by which time I had not only lost my eight-year-old son, but also my house and studio in Sydney where I had once been famous as a painter could expect in his own backyard. . .” So begins Peter Carey’s highly charged and lewdly funny new novel. Told by the twin voices of the artist, Butcher Bones, and his “damaged two-hundred-and-twenty-pound brother” Hugh, it recounts their adventures and troubles after Butcher’s plummeting prices and spiralling drink problem force them to retreat to New South Wales. Here the formerly famous artist is reduced to being a caretaker for his biggest collector, as well as nurse to his erratic brother. Then the mysterious Marlene turns up in Manolo Blahniks one stormy night. Claiming that the brothers’ friend and neighbour owns an original Jacques Liebovitz, she soon sets in motion a chain of events that could be the making or ruin of them all. Displaying Carey’s extraordinary flare for language, Theft is a love poem of a very different kind. Ranging from the rural wilds of Australia to Manhattan via Tokyo – and exploring themes of art, fraud, responsibility and redemption – this great novel will make you laugh out loud. From the Hardcover edition.

Mr Darwin S Shooter by Roger McDonald

Title Mr Darwin s Shooter
Author Roger McDonald
Publisher Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
Release Date 2012-05-01
Category Fiction
Total Pages 364
ISBN 9780802194343
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Syms Covington, the main character of Mr. Darwin’s Shooter, was Charles Darwin’s manservant for seven years, beginning with the historic voyage of the Beagle. Their relationship was an odd one, but it furnished exactly what Darwin needed in order to complete his groundbreaking work. Covington shot and collected hundreds of specimens (leaving him nearly deaf) which became fodder for The Origin of Species. The book tells the story of how Covington came into Darwin’s service -— his upbringing in Bedford, England; his departure at thirteen for the sea, in the company of evangelical sailor John Phipps; his flowering into manhood and (distressing to Phipps) wholehearted enjoyment of the sensual pleasures available to young sailors. It tells of the unusual relationship between Covington and his distant master, and the rift between them when Covington was unceremoniously dismissed when Darwin had finished his research. The story is framed by the elder Covington, who has retired to Australia in poor health and in moral crisis over Darwin’s forthcoming book —- its blasphemous thesis and his part in providing the proof. The arc of Mr. Darwin's Shooter paints a poignant and unforgettable picture of one man forging, then struggling to maintain, his faith in an era when it is constantly under attack — from science, from the daily brutality of life during colonial expansion, and from one's own cold, inexorable logic.

Black Snake by Leo Kennedy

Title Black Snake
Author Leo Kennedy
Publisher Affirm Press
Release Date 2018-10-09
Category History
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9781925870084
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Author Leo Kennedy is the great-grandson of Sergeant Michael Kennedy. Raised in the shadow of his great-grandfather?s murder, Leo witnessed the deep psychological wounds inflicted on successive generations of his family ? and the families of other victims ? as the Ned Kelly myth grew around them and the sacrifice of their loved ones was forgotten. Leo himself was nicknamed `Red Ned? at school and taunted for being on the wrong side of Australian history. Now, for the first time, and in brilliant prose that brings these historical episodes to life, Black Snake challenges the legend of Ned Kelly. Instead of celebrating an heroic man of the people, it gives voice to the victims of a merciless gang of outlaws. This is a captivating true story, gleaned from meticulous research and family history, of two men from similar backgrounds whose legacies were distorted by history.

Title True History of the Kelly Gang
Author Peter Carey
Publisher Random House Australia
Release Date 2019-12-13
Category Australian fiction
Total Pages 496
ISBN 9781760897963
Language English, Spanish, and French
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As he flees the police, Ned Kelly scribbles his narrative in semiliterate but magically descriptive prose. To his pursuers he is a thief and a murderer. To his own people he's a hero for opposing the English. Ned, who saw his first prison cell at fifteen, has become the most wanted man in the wild colony of Victoria, taking over towns and defying authority. Here is a classic outlaw tale, made alive by the skill of a great novelist. There are no sentences like these in all Australian literature and yet they could only have grown from our soil.

Title National Identity in Peter Carey s True History of the Kelly Gang
Author Lena Eberlein
Publisher GRIN Verlag
Release Date 2014-06-25
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 14
ISBN 9783656679127
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Seminar paper from the year 2011 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,0, University of Bamberg, course: Literature Down under- Literature in Australia, language: English, abstract: British colonist, Irish immigrant, Aborigine...the list of different groups that define themselves as “Australians” is endless. Since Australia’s society can be seen as a “puzzle” consisting of European and Asian immigrants living together with Aborigines, the indigenous Australians, there is no unique culture. In other words, there is no one shared story, no essential Australian identity. Australia’s understanding of national identity to answer the question of who “we” (as Australians) are is and has always been an important part of literature, too. To get an insight into the Australian way of life it is important to investigate how literature constructs and shapes the understanding of a national identity. Just by analysing texts, including writings that have “[...] been ignored or excluded during the process of canonization” (Assmann 23) we are able to reconstruct the understanding of a national identity. Thus, although Australia, due to its heterogeneity, does not have a shared story, literature is able to design one. One important class of literature that is essential to trace down shared values of a nation, a story that unites all members of a group, are legends. According to the Oxford dictionary, a legend, also called a myth, is defined as “a story from ancient times about people and events that may not be true [.