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. With them is their lanky fair-haired navigator, Willie Bachhuber, a quiz show champion and failed schoolteacher whose job it is to call out the turns, the grids, the creek crossings on a map that will finally remove them, without warning, from the lily-white Australia they know so well.
Set in the 1950s amid the consequences of the age of empires, this funny, 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
For his 14th novel, Peter Carey sends a young couple and their neighbour on a thrilling car race around ‘50s Australia—and on a journey of self-discovery. Through his two narrators, Irene Bobs and Willie Bachhuber, Carey builds a vivid, sunburnt Australia: dusty roads, rural living and families crowding around the radio. There’s also innate sexism and government-mandated segregation. (It’s no accident that the most intriguing characters are the whip-smart Mrs Bobs and an indigenous stowaway.) A rambunctiously funny story peppered with sobering realities, A Long Way from Home is an instant classic.
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A journey of unexpected beauty, love and loss.
Mr Peter Carey has again written a book of such significance.
The interwoven story of mid 20th century Australian culture and the devastation colonisation brought on the First Peoples of this Nation, is at once shocking and sensitive.
This is a book we should all read.