PRIZEWINNER: Peter Carey has won the Booker twice, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize twice, and Australia’s Miles Franklin Award three times. This is his best work since True History of the Kelly Gang, and seems destined for prize lists.
A FEMALE VOICE: Irene and Willie narrate in alternating chapters, but Irene is in many ways the heart of the book, as are her razor-sharp observations of the men in her life, by turns exasperated, loving, really funny and always wise.
QUESTIONS OF RACE: Black and white, indigenous peoples and settlers. The deep themes explored in this book will echo in Canada, with its history of reserves and residential schools, and the Sixties’ scoop.
REALLY REAL: Though it seems drawn from Peter Carey’s prodigious imagination, the Redex Trial was a storied event in car-racing history…
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