in Peter Carey


Useful bibliographies can be found in the books by Hassall and Lamb listed below. Other useful reference points are the AUSTLIT database published by the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology available on CD ROM, and the annual bibliographies in the Journal of Commonwealth Literature and Australian Literary Studies.

Works by Peter Carey


The Fat Man in History, St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1974.

War Crimes, St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1979.

The Fat Man in History, London: Faber and Faber, 1980; New York: Random House, 1980 – stories selected from the UQP volumes; reprinted as Exotic Pleasures London: Pan, 1981, and thereafter as The Fat Man in History.

Bliss, St Lucia: University of Queensland Press; London: Faber, 1981.

Illywhacker, London: Faber and Faber, 1985; New York: Harper & Row, 1985; St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1985.

Bliss, The Screenplay, St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1986; as Bliss, The Film, London: Faber and Faber, 1986.

Oscar and Lucinda, St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1988; London: Faber and Faber, 1988; New York: Harper & Row, 1988 (with additional chapter 74); London: Faber, 1995.

The Tax Inspector, St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1991; London: Faber and Faber, 1991; New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1991.

The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith, St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1994; London: Faber and Faber, 1994; New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994.

Collected Stories, St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1994; London: Faber and Faber, 1995.

The Big Bazoohley, London: Faber and Faber, 1995.

Jack Maggs, St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1997; London: Faber and Faber, 1997; New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1997.

True History of the Kelly Gang, Brisbane: University of Queensland Press, 2000; London: Faber and Faber, 2001; New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2001.


Peter Carey in author’s statements, Australian Literary Studies, 10, 1981, 191–3.

Peter Carey accepts NBC award, NBC Newsletter, 13, 2, 1986, 2–3.

Some thoughts on Australian publishing, The National Times, 3–11 April 1986, no page number.

Our love affair with losers, Melbourne Herald, 15 September 1987, 11.

Sydney side up, The Sunday Times Magazine, 17 January 1988, 40–6.

A letter to our son, Granta, 24, 1988, 119–35.

Am I safe?, Vogue Australia, August 1988, 177, 197.

The thin man makes history: biting the imperial hand, Australian Author, 21, 3, 1989, 17.

Local authors likely to suffer under PSA plan, The Sydney Morning Herald, 30 October 1989, 13.

Against open slather for book imports, Age, 1 November 1989, 13.

Carey on copyright, Australian Bookseller and Publisher, 69, 1000, December 1989-January 1990, 14–16.

From an alien to his second son, HQ Magazine, Autumn 1993, 96–9.

Home, The Independent on Sunday, 21 August 1994, 26–7.

A small memorial, The New Yorker, September 1995, 54–63.

30 Days in Sydney: A Wildly Distorted Account, London, New York: Bloomsbury, 2001.

Comment: letter to Robert McCrum about the World Trade Center attack,,6903,556597,00.html.


Bliss: The Screenplay. With Ray Lawrence. St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1985. (Bliss, dir. Ray Lawrence, Window III Productions and New South Wales Film Corporation, 1985).

Until the End of the World. With Wim Wenders, 1991. (Until the End of the World, dir. Wim Wenders, Road Movies, Argos Films and Village Roadshow Pictures, 1991).


Contacts. In Under Twenty-five: An Anthology, eds Anne O’Donovan, Jayne Sanderson and Shane Porteous, Brisbane: Jacaranda Press, 1966, 34–6.

The cosmic pragmatist. Nation Review, 8–14 September 1977, 14–15.


The National Library of Australia. NLA MS 7566 comprises six boxes of unpublished works and require Peter Carey’s permission to consult them. They include correspondence, and drafts of interviews, stories, and unpublished novels. MS 5062 comprises the script for the rockmusical Illusion and is available on open access. MS 7017 comprises correspondence to Dr Brian Kiernan and includes a letter by Carey as well as others relating to him.

The Fryer Library, University of Queensland. UQFL 164 comprises a wide range of Carey’s work and requires Carey’s permission to consult them. They include drafts of published and unpublished works, scripts, articles and background documents.

Interviews and profiles

Australian Broadcasting Corporation: radio interviews with Peter Carey. The following fifteen tapes were consulted for this book – the details give RADA accession number, tape number, date and interviewer’s name:

10834; 85/10/798–4; 8.7.1985, Jane Singleton

19110; 80/10/1043–5; 8.10.1979; Jan Garrett

21737; 86/10/414–3; 14.10.1981; Jan Garrett

21753; 86/10/462–2; 28.8.1985; John Baxter

21861; 82/10/619–2; 14.10.1981; Jan Garrett [same as 21737]

27125; 88/10/1238–10; 11.4.1988; Edward Blishen

28923; 88/10/1864–2; 22.10.1979; Robin Ravlich

29725; 88/10/2140–3; 26.10.1988; Andrew Olle

29726; 88/10/2140–4; 26.10.1988; Andrew Olle

30099; 88/7/1957–8; 26.10.1988; John Highfield

30303; 89/10/20–11; 26.10.1988; Chris Clark

30405; 88/10/1644–12; 28.9.1988; Paul Murphy

34974; 89/10/1559–2; 26.7.1989; Andrew Olle

35454; 89/10/1038–9; 26.7.1989; Andrew Sholl

47502; 91/10/1249–1; 25.10.1991; Robert Dessaix

Ahearne, Kate. Kate Ahearne in conversation with Peter Carey, Australian Book Review, 99, 1988, 14–5.

Ahearne, Kate, Stephen Williams and Kevin Brophy. Peter Carey, Going Down Swinging, 1, 1980, 43–55.

Aiton, Doug. From Bacchus Marsh to the bright lights, Sunday Age, 4 August 1991, 3.

Attwood, Alan. Is this man mad? The marvellous mind of Peter Carey, Time, 22 February 1988, 54–7.

Attwood, Alan. What the Dickens?, Sydney Morning Herald Good Weekend section, 2 August 1997, 24.

Baker, Candida. Peter Carey in Yacker, Australian Writers Talk About Their Work, Sydney: Picador, 1986, 54–77.

Baker, Candida. Open book, The Age Magazine: Good Weekend, 13 January 1990, 42–6.

Baker, Candida. Carefree Carey, The Age, 27 July 1991, 3, 6.

Baker, John F. Peter Carey, Publisher’s Weekly, 238, 54, 1991, 37–8.

Brass, Ken. The author who hadn’t read a book before he turned eighteen, Australian Women’s Weekly, 24 December 1980, 20.

Birns, Nick. ‘The power to create oneself’: an interview with Peter Carey, Writing on the Edge 6, 1, Fall 1994, 88–96.

Castle, Claudia. The Honi Soit interview: your A-Z guide to Peter Carey, Honi Soit, 7 June 1982, 8–9.

Coe, Jonathan. The inspector of Oz, The Guardian, 5 September 1991, 26.

Dare, Tim. He bit, chewed, and found bliss, The Sydney Morning Herald, 27 May 1982, 3.

Dutton, Geoffrey. Carey and the cringe, The Weekend Australian, 20–1 February 1988, 7.

Fuller, Peter. Carey gives the lie to some old lies, The Canberra Times, 21 August 1985, 27.

Garrett, Jan. ABC Books and Writing, 8 October 1979.

Glover, Richard. The tallest story of them all, The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 June 1985, 39.

Glover, Richard. Peter Carey: from advertising to tall stories, The Age Saturday Extra, 6 July 1985, 3.

Glover, Richard. Peter Carey’s Sydney Babylon, The Sydney Morning Herald, 27 July 1991, 35.

Green, Stephanie. An Australian author takes US by storm, The Canberra Times, 23 February 1992, 23.

Harvey, Oliver. Carey makes a novel switch. Courier-Mail, 16 October 1982, 28.

Hawley, Janet. How an ad man found bliss, The Age, 26 September 1981, 26.

Heyward, Michael. Australia’s literary ambassador, The Age, 25 July 1992, 8.

Hock, Peter. Australia does not give a stuff, Billy Blue Magazine, 101, Autumn 1988, 20–1.

Huck, Peter. Making of a literary lion, The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 October 1988, 82.

Ifeka, Helena. Peter Carey, Hermes, 1992, 15–23.

Ikin, Van. Answers to seventeen questions: an interview with Peter Carey, Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Fiction (Sydney), 1, 1, 1977, 30–9.

Jach, Antoni. An interview with Peter Carey, Mattoid, 31, 2, 1988, 24–36.

Jardine, Cassandra. Apocalypse free … with every fifth packet. New Fiction (London), 26, 1980, 4–5.

Kellaway, Kate. Every man is a theatre, The Observer Review, 11 September 1994, 18.

Kemp, Peter. Putting the land of his mind on the literary map, The Sunday Times, 20 March 1988, G8.

Kemp, Peter. Packed lunches: writer’s talks, ICA audio casette, 1994.

Koval, Ramona. The unexamined life, Meanjin, 56, 3–4, 1997, 667–82.

Lawson, Mark. Sniffing the air at home and away, The Independent on Sunday, 25 August 1991, 18.

Lawson, Valerie. Peter Carey, advertising doesn’t hurt him a scrap, The Sydney Morning Herald, 5 September 1981, 47.

Maddocks, John. Bizarre realities, an interview with Peter Carey, Southerly, 41, 1, 1981, 27–41.

Manning, Greg. Peter Carey’s latest gamble, Book Magazine, 1988, 2, 1, 3–6.

McCrum, Robert. ‘Reawakened Ned’, The Observer Books section, 7 January 2001, 19.

Meyer, Lisa. An interview with Peter Carey, Chicago Review, 43, 2, 1997, 76–89.

Morton-Evans, Michael. Carey reaches a blissful peak in his literary career, The Australian, 26 July 1984, 8.

Munro, Craig. Building the fabulist extensions, Makar, 12, 1, June 1976, 3–12 – extract in Australian Literary Studies, 8, 1977, 182–7.

Neilsen, Philip. Excerpt from interview: Tell me what colour you think the sky is, Australian Literary Studies, 10, 2, 1981, 191–3.

Neilsen, Philip. Waiting for the barbarians: an interview with Peter Carey, Literature in North Queensland, 15, 3, 1987, 66–73.

Nicklin, Leonore. The writer is an ad-man, The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 February 1975, 7.

Oakley, Barry. I’m the one who used to work with Peter Carey, The Australian, 27 October 1988, 13.

Oakley, Barry. Gothic splendour: Peter Carey returns to a junkyard landscape of old, The Weekend Australian, 27–8 July 1991, 1.

O’Donohue, Barry. Write and person, Arts National, 3, 2, December 1985, 106–7.

Rolfe, Patricia. An impatient, rapacious reader, The Bulletin, 28 July 1992, 90–1.

Sayers, Stuart. In pursuit of logic, The Age, 28 September 1974, 16.

Sayers, Stuart. A particular bent for the bizarre, The Age, 27 October 1979, 26.

Sayers, Stuart. The glittering literary prizes, The Age, 4 March 1986, 11.

Sexton, David. The Literary Review, June 1985, 38–41.

Sibree, Bron. Novel difficult to live with, difficult to write: Carey, The Canberra Times, 27 July 1991, C7.

Simpson, Lindsay. Private lives: Peter Carey and Alison Summers, The Age: Good Weekend Magazine, 27 August 1988, 8–9.

Sorensen, Rosemary. Reputations made and unmade. Rosemary Sorensen talks to Evan Green, Alex Miller and Peter Carey. Australian Book Review, 134, 1991, 10–11.

Summers, Alison. Candid Carey, The National Times, 1–7 November 1985, 32–3.

Summers, Alison. The thin man in history, The Bulletin, 15 November 1988, 156–8.

Tausky, Thomas E. ‘Getting the corner right’: an interview with Peter Carey, Australian and New Zealand Studies in Canada, 4, 1990, 27–38.

Toomey, Philippa. Peter Carey’s refreshment, The Times, 27 October 1980, 6; reprinted as Fictional future from bits, pieces, The Canberra Times, 9 November 1980, 8.

Turcotte, Gerry, ed. Writers in Action, The Writer’s Choice Evenings, Sydney: Currency Press, 1990, 3–23.

Watchel, Eleanor. We really can make ourselves up: an interview with Peter Carey, Australian and New Zealand Studies in Canada, 9, 103–5.

Williamson, Kirsten. The contradictory character of Peter Carey, Harper’s Bazaar, Summer 1989, 38.

Willbanks, Ray. Peter Carey in Speaking Volumes, Australian Writers and their Work, Ringwood: Penguin, 1991, 43–57.

Willbanks, Ray. Peter Carey on The Tax Inspector and The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith, Antipodes, 11, 1, June 1997, 11–16.

Woolf, Sue and Kate Grenville. Peter Carey: Oscar and Lucinda in Making Stories, How Ten Australian Novels Were Written, St Leonards, NSW: Allen and Unwin, 1993, 33–58.

Wroe, Nicholas 2001. ‘Fiction’s Greatest Outlaw’, The Guardian Review, 6 January, 6–7.

Wyndham, Susan. Peter Carey: an unusual life, The Australian Magazine, 20–1 August 1994, 41–8.

Yallop, Richard. Carey, the master of human chemistry, The Age, 29 October 1988, 16.

Video material

Armstrong, Gillian. Oscar and Lucinda, 20th Century Fox video, 1997, screenplay by Laura Jones, London: Faber, 1998.

Lawrence, Ray. Bliss, 1985, New World Video, NWV 1051, VHS.

Ross, Peter. Peter Carey, ABC/TV, Channel 2, Brisbane, 1 March 1987.

Penglase, Joanna (co-writer) and Don Featherstone (co-writer and director). The most beautiful lies: a film about Peter Carey, BBC1 Omnibus, 1986–7.

Walters, Margaret. Peter Carey, ICA video: Guardian conversations, 1988.

Wenders, Wim. Until the End of the World, screenplay by Peter Carey and Wim Wenders, 1991.


Interview with Peter Carey online at:

New York Times Author review:

Interview with Carey:

World Service programme [with very interesting online interview]:

University of Queensland Press author site:

University of Flinders website:



Hassall, Anthony J. Dancing on Hot Macadam: Peter Carey’s Fiction, St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1994.

Huggan, Graham. Peter Carey, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Krassnitzer, Hermine. Aspects of Narration in Peter Carey’s Novels: Deconstructing Colonialism (Salzburg University Studies), Lewiston/Queenston/Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press, 1995.

Lamb, Karen. Peter Carey, The Genesis of Fame, Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1992.


Adam, Ian. Breaking the chain, anti-Saussurean resistance in Birney, Carey and C.S. Pierce, World Literature Written in English, 29, 2, 1989, 11–22; also in Ian Adam and Helen Tiffin, eds, Past the Last Post: Theorizing Post-Colonialism and Postmodernism, Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1991, 79–93.

Ashcroft, Bill. Against the tide of time: Peter Carey’s interpolation into history, in John C. Hawley, ed., Writing the Nation: Self and Country in the Post-Colonial Imagination, Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1996, 194–213.

Bennett, Sandy. Carey, Jolley and Freeman – three authors from print to celluloid, Encore, 22 July 1988, 20.

Bisutti, Francesca. The factory of invention, Peter Carey’s real fictions, in G. Bellini, C. Gorlier and S. Zoppi, eds, Saggi e ricerche sulle culture extraeuropee, Rome: Bulzoni, 1986, 61–8.

Blaber, Ronald and Marvin Gilman. Illywhacker, in Roguery: The Picaresque Tradition in Australian, Canadian and Indian Fiction, Springwood, NSW: Butterfly Books, 1990, 55–60.

Bliss, Carolyn. The revisionary lover: misprision of the past in Peter Carey, Australian and New Zealand Studies in Canada, 6, 1991, 45–54.

Bliss, Carolyn. Time and timelessness in Peter Carey’s fiction – the best of both worlds, Antipodes, 9, 2, 1995, 97–105.

Daniel, Helen. Lies for sale: Peter Carey, in Daniel, Liars, Australian New Novelists, Ringwood, Victoria: Penguin, 1988, 145–84.

Daniel, Helen. Peter Carey: the rivalries of the fictions, in Robert Ross, ed., International Literature in English: Essays on the Major Writers, New York: Garland, 1991, 405–15.

Dovey, Teresa. An infinite onion: narrative structure in Peter Carey’s fiction, Australian Literary Studies, 11, 2, 1983, 195–204.

Drewe, Robert. Comment, The Bulletin, 5 June 1976.

Fletcher, M.D. Post-colonial Peter Carey, Span (Journal of the South Pacific Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies), 32, April 1991, 12–23.

Fletcher, M.D. The theme of entrapment in Peter Carey’s fiction, in David Kerr, ed., Australian Literature Today, New Delhi: Indian Society for Commonwealth Studies, 1993, 74–9.

Gelder, Kenneth. History, politics and the (post)modern: receiving Australian fiction, Meanjin, 47, 3, 1988, 551–9.

Gelder, Kenneth. Sex in Australian fiction, 1970–87, Meanjin, 47, 1, 1987, 125–34.

Herman, Luc. Canonizing Australia: the case of Peter Carey, in C. C. Barfoot, ed., Shades of Empire in Colonial and Post-Colonial Literatures, Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1993, 109–15.

Huggan, Graham. Is the (Günther) Grass greener on the other side? Oskar and Lucinde in the New World, World Literature Written in English, 30, 1 Spring 1990, 1–10.

Ikin, Van, Peter Carey, in L. Henderson, ed., Contemporary Novelists, Chicago: St James Press, 1991, 5th edition, 176–7.

Jose, Nicholas. Possibilities of love in Australian fiction, Island Magazine, 4, 20, 1984, 30–3.

Kane, P. Postcolonial, postmodern: Australian literature and Peter Carey, World Literature Today, 67, 3, 1993, 519–22.

Krauth, Nigel. Peter Carey: a portrait of electricity, Australian Book Review, 133, 1991, 18–19.

Larsson, Christer. ‘Years Later’: temporality and closure in Peter Carey’s novels, Australian Literary Studies, 19, 2, 1999, 176–85.

Mellors, John. Moral imperatives: the fiction of Peter Carey, London Magazine, 31, 7–8, 1991, 89–94.

Muecke, Stephen. Wide open spaces, horizontal readings of Australian literature, New Literature Review, 16, 1988, 1–18.

Ommundsen, Wenche. Narrative navel-gazing, or, how to recognise a metafiction when you see one, Southern Review, 22, 3, 1989, 264–74.

Ross, Robert. ‘It cannot not be there’: Borges and Australia’s Peter Carey, in Edna Aizenberg, ed., Borges and his Successors, The Borgesian Impact on Literature and the Arts, Columbia, Miss.: University of Missouri Press, 1990, 44–58.

Sharrad, Paul. Responding to the challenge: Peter Carey and the reinvention of Australia, Span (Journal of the South Pacific Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies), 25, 1987, 37–46.

Sheckels, Theodore F. Filming Peter Carey: from the adequate to the distorted, Antipodes, 13, 2, December 1999, 91–4.

Stewart, Annette M. Recent Australian fiction, World Literature Written in English, 22, 1983, 212–23.

Thwaites, Tony. More tramps at home: seeing Australia first, Meanjin, 46, 3, 1987, 400–9.

Todd, Richard. Narrative trickery and performative historiography: fictional representation of national identity in Graham Swift, Peter Carey, and Mordecai Richler, in Lois Parkinson Zamora and Wendy B. Faris, eds, Magical Realism: History, Community, Durham: Duke University Press, 1995, 307–28.

Turner, George. Science fiction, parafiction and Peter Carey, Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature, 10, 1, 1988, 14–21.

Turner, Graeme. American dreaming: the fictions of Peter Carey, Australian Literary Studies, 12, 4, 986, 431–41.

Turner, Graeme. Nationalising the author: the celebrity of Peter Carey, Australian Literary Studies, 16, 2, 1993, 131–9.



The Fat Man in History, St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1974.

Green, W. Westerly, 19, 4, 1975, 73–6.

Harrison-Ford, C. New Australian fiction, Stand, 16, 3, 1975, 43–4.

Kiernan, Brian. Meanjin, 34, 1975, 35–9.

McConchie, Rod. The trendy and the true, Overland, 60, 1975, 83–5.

Rose, Douglas. Curious and fantastic, Courier-Mail, 19 October 1974, 17.

Stewart, Douglas. Promising first fruits, The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 October 1974, 13.

Sutherland, John. Division street, The Times Literary Supplement, 9 April 1976, 445.

War Crimes, St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1979.

Clancy, Laurie. A year of varietals, Overland, 84, 1981, 26–30.

Dutton, Geoffrey. A ‘crime’ that is utter creativity, The Bulletin, 4 December 1979, 66–7.

Fabre, M. CRNLE Reviews Journal, 1, 1980, 72–6.

Pierce, Peter. Future nightmare, The National Times, 10 November, 1979, 46.

Webby, Elizabeth. Meanjin, 39, 1980, 131–2.

The Fat Man in History, London: Faber, 1980. Stories selected from the UQP volumes The Fat Man in History and War Crimes.

Ackroyd, Peter. Galactic races, The Sunday Times, 19 October 1980, no page number.

Epps, Garrett. Washington Post, 11 September 1980, D13.

Lewis, Peter. From underground, The Times Literary Supplement, 31 October 1980, 1240.

Mellors, J. Secret dreams, London Magazine, 20, 8–9, 1980, 116–17.

Thompson, Paul. Murky spaces, New Statesman, 24 October 1980, 26.

Tomey, Phillippa. Peter Carey’s refreshment, The Times, 27 October 1980, 6.

Exotic Pleasures, London: Pan 1981. Retitled paperback edition of above.

Kermode, Frank. Knowing, London Review of Books, 3, 22–3, 1981, 17.

Collected Stories, London: Faber and Faber 1995.

Quinn, Anthony. Soft options on apocalypse, The Guardian, 18 August 1995, G2, 6.

Sage, Lorna. Artist from a distant planet, The Times Literary Supplement, 4820, 18 August 1995, 19.

Roberts, Michèle. Brillo tales for kids, The Independent on Sunday, 20 August 1995, 31.


Ahearne, Kate. Peter Carey and short fiction in Australia, Going Down Swinging (Melbourne), 1, 1980, 7–17.

Bennett, Bruce. Australian experiments in short fiction, World Literature Written in English, 15, 1976, 359–66.

Callahan, David. Whose history in the fat man’s? Peter Carey’s The Fat Man in History, Span (Journal of the South Pacific Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies), 40, 1995, 34–53.

Clunies Ross, Bruce A. Laszlo’s testament; or, structuring the past and sketching the present in contemporary short fiction, mainly Australian, Kunapipi, 1, 2, 1979, 110–23.

Ikin, Van. Peter Carey: the stories, Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature (Sydney), 1, 1, 1977, 19–29.

Manning, Greg. Reading lesson: ‘The Fat Man in History’, teaching and deconstructive practice, Span, 21, 1985, 38–55.

Ryan-Fazilleau, Suzan. One-upmanship in Peter Carey’s short stories, Journal of the Short Story in English, 16, 1991, 51–63.

Sayers, Stuart. A particular bent for the bizarre, Age, 27 October 1979, 26.

Tate, Trudi. Unravelling the feminine, Peter Carey’s ‘Peeling’, Meanjin, 46, 3, 1987, 394–99.


St Lucia: University of Queensland Press; London: Faber, 1981


Barnes, Rory. Salvation on Bog Onion Road, National Times, 11–17 October 1981, 42.

Burns, Graham. Romantic pursuits, Australian Book Review, 41, 1982, 27–9.

Cooke, Judy. Paradise, New Statesman, 20 November 1981, 22.

Durrant, Digby. Colonial capers, London Magazine, 21, 11, 1982, 97–8.

Gelder, Ken. Bliss and punishment, CRNLE Reviews Journal, 1, 1983, 46–8.

Kermode, Frank. Knowing, London Review of Books, 3, 22–3, 1981, 17.

King, Francis. Suburban inferno, Spectator, 12 December 1981, 21.

Neville, Jill. Carey leaps crannies in a single bound, The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 October 1981, 44.

Roberts, Mark. Peter Carey’s first novel, Going Down Swinging, 5, 1982, 69–72.

Ryle, John. Magic and poison, The Times Literary Supplement, 20 November 1981, 1350.

Stewart, Annette. Recent Australian fiction, World Literature Written in English, 22, 2, Autumn 1983, 212–23.

Tranter, John. Hell without logic loses credibility, The Age, 3 October 1981, 27.


Anderson, Don. Introduction, Bliss, The Screenplay, London: Faber, 1985.

Hassall, A.J. Telling lies and stories, Peter Carey’s Bliss, Modern Fiction Studies, 35, 4, 1989, 637–53.

Hecq, Dominique. Myth-taken paths and exits in Peter Carey’s Bliss, Commonwealth Essays and Studies, 18, 2, Spring 1996, 99–103.

Riemnatale, A. Harry Joy’s children: the art of storytelling in Peter Carey’s Bliss, Australian Literary Studies, 16, 3, 1994, 341–7.


London: Faber and Faber; New York: Harper & Row; St Lucia, Queensland: University of Queensland Press, 1985


Clancy, Laurie. Some beautiful lies: our history mythologised, Australian Book Review, 73, 1985, 14–15.

Duwell, Martin. The lie of the land, Overland, 101, 1985, 92–4.

Goldsworthy, Peter. The novella in Illywhacker, Island Magazine, 24, 1985, 56–7.

Hanrahan, John. A dealer in dreams, visions, images and lies, Age Saturday Extra, 6 July 1985, 14.

Hislop, Andrew. Whoppers and warnings, The Times Literary Supplement, 3 May 1985, 492.

Ikin, Van. Mixed blessings, Phoenix Review, 1, 1986–7, 125–7.

Jacobson, Howard. Dirty very old man, New York Times Book Review, 17 November 1985, 15.

Lewis Peter. Ratbags and others, London Magazine, 25, 1–2, 1985, 148–52.

Lewis, R. New Statesman, 19 April 1985, 32–4.

Mellors, John. Unhappy woman, Listener, 25 April 1985, 27.

Mitchell, Adrian. Weaving a tangled web of lovely lies, The Weekend Australian Magazine, 6–7 July 1985, 15.

Nicholson, J. Times, 18 April 1985, 20.

Sexton, David. The Literary Review, 11 November 1985, 4.

Spice, N. Phattbookia stupenda, London Review of Books, 7 July 1985, 20–1.

Stewart, Annette. Peter Carey’s Illywhacker, Quadrant, 29, 12, 1985, 86–7.

Webby, Elizabeth. A great short story trapped in a fat novel, The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 July 1985, 47.


Adam, Ian. Illywhacker and The Prowler: settler society response to ideas of history, Australian and New Zealand Studies in Canada, 12, December 1994, 1–10.

Antor, Heinz. Australian lies and the mapping of the new world: Peter Carey’s Illywhacker (1985) as a postmodern postcolonial novel, Anglistik, 9, 1, 1998, 155–78.

Daniel, Helen. ‘The liar’s stump’ or ‘A salesman’s sense of history’: Peter Carey’s Illywhacker, Southerly, 47, 2, 1986, 157–67.

Edwards, Brian. Deceptive constructions: the art of building in Peter Carey’s Illywhacker, Australian and New Zealand Studies in Canada, 4, 1990, 39–56.

Ryan, Sue. Metafiction in Illywhacker: Peter Carey’s renovated picaresque novel, Commonwealth Essays and Studies, 14, 1, 1991, 33–40.

Schmidt-Haberkamp, Barbara. Wider den Pauschaltourismus der Literatur: Peter Carey’s australisches Panoptikum Illywhacker, Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Americkanistik, 17, 1, 1992, 71–82.


London: Faber and Faber; St Lucia, Queensland: University of Queensland Press, 1988


Anderson, Don. Peter Carey does a wonderful thing, The Sydney Morning Herald, 20 February 1988, 71.

Bainbridge, Beryl. Oscar and Lucinda, New York Times Book Review, 29 May 1988, 1, 19.

Dyer, Geoff. The long, long love affair, New Statesman, 1 April 1988, 28.

Edmond, Rod. From the Victorian to the post-colonial novel, Australian Studies, 3, 1989, 88–95.

Harris, Margaret. Eminent Victorians?, Southerly, 49, 1, 1989, 109–13.

Jacobson, Howard. A wobbly odyssey, The Weekend Australian Magazine, 20–1 February 1988, 13.

Ommundsen, Wenche. Historical fabrications and home truths, Mattoid, 30, 1, 1988, 73–6.

Porter, Peter. Puritan gambles, The Daily Telegraph, 26 October 1988, 18.

Riddell, Elizabeth. Desire, gambling and glass, Australian Book Review, 98, 1988, 14–15.

Sage, Lorna. Backwards into destiny, The Times Literary Supplement, 1–7 April 1988, 363.

Stead, C.K. Careyland, Scripsi, 5, 2, 1989, 3–8.

Stewart, Annette. The Booker prize, Quadrant, 32, 12, 1988, 66–7.


Brown, Ruth. English heritage and Australian culture: the church and literature of England in Oscar and Lucinda, Australian Literary Studies, 17, 2, October 1995, 135–40.

Da Silva, Matthew. Peter Carey’s Oscar and Lucinda, Outrider, 6, 2, 1989, 148–59.

During, Simon. Literary subjectivity, Ariel, 31, 1–2, 2000, 33–50.

Callahan, David. Peter Carey’s Oscar and Lucinda and the subversion of subversion, Australian Studies, 4, 1990, 20–6.

Hassall, Anthony J. The Weatherboard Cathedral: images of the church in Peter Carey’s Oscar and Lucinda, in Essays in Honour of Keith Val Sinclair: An Australian Collection of Modern Language Studies, Townsville: James Cook University, 1991, 193–200.

Ommundsen, Wenche. Narrative navel-gazing, or, how to recognise a metafiction when you see one, Southern Review, 22, 3, 1989, 264–74.

Peterson, Kirsten Holst. Gambling on reality, a reading of Oscar and Lucinda, in Giovanna Capone, Bruce Clunies Ross and Werner Senn, eds, European Perspectives, Contemporary Essays on Australian Literature, Australian Literary Studies Special Issue, 15, 2, St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1991, 107–16.


London: Faber and Faber, 1991


Amidon, Stephen, A whole lot of trouble, The Times Literary Supplement, 30 August 1991, 21.

Brady, Veronica. Birth, death and taxes, Overland, 125, 1991, 80–83.

Carter, Angela. Only a surface paradise, The Guardian, 29 August 1991, 22.

Clancy, Laurie. Brilliant episodes, Australian Society, 10, 8, 38–9.

Coe, Jonathan. Australian circles, London Review of Books, 13, 17, 1991, 12.

Craig, Jen. The real thing, Southerly, 52, 1, 1992, 152–6.

Dixon, Robert. The logic of the excluded middle, Literature in North Queensland, 18, 2, 1991, 133–41.

Floyd, Chris. Span, 33, May 1992, 177–81.

Graeber, L. New York Times Book Review, 1993, 32.

Giese, Diana. Diving deep into the dreams of damaged lives, The Weekend Australian, 27–8 July 1991, Review, 4.

Hawker, Philippa. Carey’s contemporary angels have the potential for destruction, Australian Book Review, 133, 991, 15–17.

Kemp, Peter. Toxic shocks, The Sunday Times, 1 September 1991, 6.

Liddelow, Eden. New model Carey, Scripsi, 7, 2, October 1991, 93–100.

Prose, F. The New York Times Book Review, 1992, 1.

Riemer, A.P. Brutish and nasty, Sydney Morning Herald, 3 August 1991, 43.

Towns, R. New York Review of Books, 39, 12, 1992, 356.

White, Edmund. Recognising Jack, The Times Literary Supplement, 30 August 1991, 21.


Bode, Barbara. Angels and devils – child sexual abuse in Peter Carey’s The Tax Inspector, Antipodes, 9, 2, December 1995, 107–10.

Dixon, Robert. Closing the can of worms: enactments of justice in Bleak House, The Mystery of a Hansom Cab, and The Tax Inspector, Westerly, 37, 4, 1992, 37–45.


London: Faber and Faber, 1994


Bernard, April. Un-Efican activities, New York Review of Books, 42, 11, 22 June 1995, 44–8.

Brennan, Geraldine. Crossing the high wires, The Observer Review, 4 September 1994, 15.

Frankel, Susannah. Preview, Time Out, 7–14 September 1994, 47.

Hensher, Philip. Heaven and Disneyland, The Guardian, 11 October 1994.

Kemp, Peter. Flamboyant fabrication, The Sunday Times, 4 September 1994, 7, 13.

Korn, E. The Times Literary Supplement, 4770, 1994, 10.

Riemer, Andrew. The antipodes of tiny Tristan, The Sydney Morning Herald, 20 August 1994, no page number.

Shields, C. The New York Times Book Review, 1995, 7.

Strawson, Galen. A little yearning is a dangerous thing, The Independent on Sunday, 4 September 1994, 34.


Bradley, James. Bread and sirkuses: empire and culture in Peter Carey’s The Unusual Life of Tristran Smith and Jack Maggs, Meanjin, 56, 3–4, 659–61.

Dawson, Carrie. ‘Who was that masked mouse?’ Imposture in Peter Carey’s The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith, Southern Review, 30, 2, 1997, 202–11.

Pierce, Peter. Captivity, captivation: aspects of Peter Carey’s fiction, in Martin Duwell, ed., ‘And What Books Do You Read?’ New Studies in Australian Literature, Queenland: University of Queensland Press, 1996, 140–50.


Hassall, Anthony J. Winners and losers – Peter Carey’s The Big Bazoohley, Antipodes, 10, 2, 1996, 117–20.



Desmond Christy. Inner conviction, The Guardian Review, 11 June 1998, 8.

Jose, Nicholas. Carey’s labyrinth, Australian Book Review, August 1997, 14–15.

Lee, Hermione. Great extrapolations, The Observer Review, 28 September 1997, 15.

Porter, Peter. Transporting us, The Guardian, 18 September 1997, 16


Bradley, James. Bread and sirkuses: empire and culture in Peter Carey’s The Unusual Life of Tristran Smith and Jack Maggs, Meanjin, 56, 3–4, 659–61.

Ní Fhlathúin, Máire. The location of childhood: ‘Great Expectations’ in post-colonial London, Kunapipi, 21, 2, 1999, 86–92.

Hassall, Anthony J. A tale of two countries: Jack Maggs and Peter Carey’s fiction, Australian Literary Studies, 18, 2, 1997, 128–35.

Meinig, Sigrun. An Australian convict in the great English city: Peter Carey’s Jack Maggs, Southerly, 6, 3, 2000, 59; also in Fran de Groen and Ken Stewart, eds, Australian Writing and the City, Proceedings of ASAL conference 1999.

Thieme, John. Postcolonial Con-texts: Writing Back to the Canon, London: Continuum, 2001, 102–26.



Fraser, Morag. ‘Deft Narrative Devices’ (review of True History of the Kelly Gang)

Kemp, Peter. ‘Why Ned was born to run’, The Sunday Times, Culture section, 7 January 2001, 35–6.

John Kinsella’s On Peter Carey’s True History of the Kelly Gang, online at

Quinn, Anthony 2001. ‘Robin Hood of the outback’ (review of True History of the Kelly Gang), New York Times online at

Riemer, Andrew 2000. ‘Ironclad irony’ (review of True History of the Kelly Gang), Sydney Morning Herald, 17 November.

Rogers, Jane. ‘True History of the Kelly Gang’, The Observer, Books section, 7 January 2001, 19.

Phil Shannon, ‘Ideological gunfighters’ for the poor, online at:


Huggan, Graham. Cultural memory in postcolonial fiction: the uses and abuses of Ned Kelly, Australian Literary Studies, 20, 3, May 2002, 142–54.

General works


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Gelder, Ken and Salzman, Paul. The New Diversity: Australian Fiction 1970–88, Melbourne: McPhee Gribble, 1989.

Hergenhan, Laurie. The Penguin New Literary History of Australia, Ringwood, Victoria: Penguin Australia, 1988.

Hodge, R. and Vijay Mishra. The Dark Side of the Dream: Australian Literature and the Postcolonial Mind, North Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 1991.

Ikin, Van, ed. The Glass Reptile Breakout and Other Australian Speculative Stories, Nedlands, WA: Centre for Studies in Australian Literature, University of Western Australia, 1990.

Kiernan, Brian. The Most Beautiful Lies, Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1977.

O’Donovan, Anne et al., eds. Under Twenty-Five, An Anthology, Brisbane: Jacaranda, 1966.

Shapcott, Tom. The Literature Board, A Brief History, Brisbane: University of Queensland Press, 1988.

Turner, Graeme. National Fictions, Literature, Film and the Construction of Australian Narrative, Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 1986.

Wilde, William H., Joy Hooton, and Barry Andrews. The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1986.


Anderson, Don. I’m going to America in my mind: the American presence in Australian writing 1960–1990, in Margaret Harris and Elizabeth Webby, eds, Reconnoitres: Essays in Australian Literature in honour of G.A. Wilkes, Sydney: Sydney University Press, 1992, 176–88.

Bail, Murray. Imagining Australia, The Times Literary Supplement, 27 November 1987, 1318, 1330.

Docker, John. Antipodean literature: a world upside down?, Overland, 103, 1986.

During, Simon. Postmodern or postcolonial?, Landfall, 155, 1985, 366–80.

Harrison-Ford, Carl. How good is the boom in Australian fiction?, The Australian Author, 7, 2, April 1975, 4–10.

Ikin, Van, ed. Australian Science Fiction: An Anthology, St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1982.

Kiernan, Brian. The new wave of short story writers, National Times, 2–7 August 1976, 36–7.

Lohrey, Amanda. The dead hand of orthodoxy, Island Magazine, 27, 1986, 19–21.

Moorhouse, Frank. What happened to the short story?, Australian Literary Studies, 8, 2, 1977, 179–82.

Olsen, Lance. Towards a theory of postmodern humour, or, Christa McAuliffe and the banana peel, circus of the mind in motion, Postmodernism and Comic Vision, Wayne State University Press, 1990, 15–36.

Turner, George. Parentheses: concerning matters of judgement, Meanjin, 48, 1, 1989, 195–204.

Webby, Elizabeth. The long march of short fiction: a seventies retrospective, Meanjin, 39, 1, 1980, 127–33.

Wilding, Michael. The tabloid short story, in M. Wilding, ed., The Tabloid Short Story, Sydney: Wild and Woolley, 1978, 295–316.

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