About the book

Irene Bobs loves fast driving. Her husband is the best car salesman in western Victoria. Together they enter the Redex Trial, a brutal race around the ancient continent over roads no car will ever quite survive. This thrilling, high-speed story is often funny and always a page-turner, even as you learn a history these characters never knew themselves. Set in the 1950s amid the consequences of the age of empires, this brilliantly vivid and lively novel reminds us how Europeans took possession of a timeless culture—the high purpose they invented and the crimes they committed along the way.

Book cover - a long way from home by Peter Carey.
Published by: 
Penguin Random House

About the author


Peter Carey was born in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, and now lives in New York. He is the author of fourteen novels (including one for children), two volumes of short stories, and two books on travel. Amongst other prizes, Carey has won the Man Booker Prize twice (for Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang), the Commonwealth Writers' Prize twice (for Jack Maggs and True History of the Kelly Gang), and the Miles Franklin Literary Award three times (for Bliss, Oscar and Lucinda and Jack Maggs).

Author - a long way from home by Peter Carey.

Judges’ comments

Peter Carey's A Long Way From Home heralds the novelist's return to the fertile stomping grounds of Bacchus Marsh, his childhood home and frequent literary touchstone. Carey's rollicking, technicolour imagination is at full throttle in his descriptions of the Redex Trial: a bone-rattling and perilous trip around Australia that brings his three companions into contact with the vast continent in a way they have never experienced before. But the resulting journey becomes something far larger, stranger and more powerful than a car race across Australia's plains: it morphs into an interrogation of what home is, what it can mean, and how history can rarely be settled by maps or narratives found in books. A Long Way From Home shows Carey in high form, balancing the antic and the deadly serious on a knife's edge, and marks a powerful contribution to his oeuvre.