Few authors wield the skill, consistency and imagination of two-time recipient of the Booker Prize, Peter Carey. A consummate writer and keen observer of life, Peter’s novels span continents and centuries, often zeroing in on Australian identity and the cruel and complex history that formed it. His 14 books include award-winning titles such as Oscar and Lucinda, BlissJack Maggs and True History of the Kelly Gang. Hear one of modern fiction’s most celebrated novelists discuss his – and Ned’s – curious and compelling past, the writers he loves and his storied life in writing with Sarah Krasnostein (acclaimed author of The Believer: Encounters with Love, Death & Faith). 

This podcast was recorded live at the 2021 Sydney Writers' Festival.  

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Peter Carey (International)

Peter Carey

Peter Carey was born in Bacchus Marsh, Australia, and now lives in New York. He has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize four times and has won it twice (for Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang). His most recent novel is A Long Way from Home.

Sarah Krasnostein (Australian)

Sarah Krasnostein

Sarah Krasnostein is a writer. She is admitted to legal practice in Australia and America, and holds a doctorate in criminal law. Sarah is the bestselling author of The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay & Disaster, which won the Victorian Prize for Literature, the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Non-Fiction, the Australian Book Industry Award for General Non-Fiction and the Dobbie Literary Award. It also jointly won the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, was nominated for the Walkley Book Award, and was shortlisted for the National Biography Award, the Melbourne Prize for Literature and the Wellcome Book Prize (UK). Sarah’s work has appeared in a variety of publications in Australia, the UK and America. She is currently working on a Quarterly Essay on mental illness in Australia.