Peter Carey is an Australian author of literary fiction novels. Peter was educated at the local state school until he was 11 and then became a boarder at Geelong Grammar School – a school attended by Rupert Murdoch and Prince Charles. In 1961, he studied science for a single unsuccessful year at Monash University. During a long career in advertising, he worked for a small business that only required him to work two afternoons per week, and he could write as much as he wanted. Peter later moved to New York, where he taught at several institutions.

Peter Carey made his debut as an author in 1974 with the collection The Fat Man in History. Below is a list of Peter Carey’s books in order of when they were first released:

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Bliss (1981)Description / Buy at
Illywhacker (1985)Description / Buy at
Oscar and Lucinda (1988)Description / Buy at
The Tax Inspector (1991)Description / Buy at
The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith (1994)Description / Buy at
The Big Bazoohley (1995)Description / Buy at
Jack Maggs (1997)Description / Buy at
True History of the Kelly Gang (2000)Description / Buy at
My Life as a Fake (2003)Description / Buy at
Theft (2006)Description / Buy at
His Illegal Self (2008)Description / Buy at
Parrot and Olivier in America (2009)Description / Buy at
The Chemistry of Tears (2012)Description / Buy at
Amnesia (2014)Description / Buy at
A Long Way From Home (2017)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Collections

The Fat Man In History / Exotic Pleasures (1974)Description / Buy at
War Crimes (1979)Description / Buy at
Collected Stories (1995)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

30 Days in Sydney (2001)Description / Buy at
Wrong About Japan (2004)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Anthologies

Swallowing Film Short Film Fiction(2000)Description / Buy at
What Are You Looking At?(2003)Description / Buy at
110 Stories(2004)Description / Buy at
The Best Australian Science Fiction(2005)Description / Buy at
Rotten English: A Literary Anthology(2007)Description / Buy at
Writers: Their Lives and Works(2018)Description / Buy at

If You Like Peter Carey Books, You’ll Love…

Peter Carey Synopses: Bliss by Peter Carey tells the story of a man who, recovering from death, is convinced that he is in hell. For the first time in his life, Harry Joy sees the world as it really is, and takes up a notebook to explore and notate the true nature of the Underworld.

The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith is a standalone title by Peter Carey. Tristan Smith becomes the object of the world’s byzantine political intrigues, even as he attains stardom in a bizarre Sirkus that is part passion play and part Mortal Kombat.

The Big Bazoohley by Peter Carey is a standalone novel. With only $50 to their name, Sam and his family arrive in Toronto to sell his mother’s latest painting. Sam is locked out of his hotel room, then kidnapped, and soon finds himself entered for a perfect child competition, for which the prize is an enormous cheque.

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