Oscar And Lucinda

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The Booker winning novel from one of Australia's most exciting writers.

Oscar And Lucinda, Peter Carey

The Booker winning novel from one of Australia's most exciting writers.

Oscar And Lucinda imagines Australia's youth, before its dynamic passions became dangerous habits. It is also a startling and unusual love story. Oscar is a young English clergyman who has broken with his past and developed a disturbing talent for gambling. A country girl of singular ambition, Lucinda moves to Sydney, driven by dreams of self-reliance and the building of an industrial Utopia. Together this unlikely pair create and are created by the spectacle of mid-nineteenth century Australia.

Peter Carey's visionary brilliance, and his capacity to delight and surprise, propel this story to its stunning conclusion.

Available Formats

  • Paperback
    $19.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9781741661057
    Published: 03/10/2005
    Imprint: Vintage Australia Historic
    Extent: 688 pages
  • eBook
    ISBN: 9781742748917
    Published: 01/08/2012
    Imprint: RHA eBooks Adult
    Extent: 512 pages
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"Luminous and magical, Oscar and Lucinda dances with a shimmer of light and dark as its two noble gamblers play out dreams of God and glass. A spectacular achievement." - Helen Daniel

Peter Carey

Peter Carey

Peter Carey is the multi-award-winning author of eight novels, plus two highly acclaimed collections of short stories and a memoir, Wrong About Japan. His books have won or been short-listed for every major literary award in Australia. He has won the Booker Prize twice - in 2001 for True History of the Kelly Gang and in 1988 for Oscar And Lucinda. In 1998 he won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Jack Maggs, and again in 2001 for True History of the Kelly Gang. In 2007 he won the NSW Premier's Award and the Victorian Premier's Award for Theft: A Love Story. Born in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Peter Carey now lives in New York.