Quotes by Peter Carey

"To know you will be lonely is not the same as being lonely."

"You could not tell a story like this. A story like this you could only feel."

"People do not love those whose eyes show that they are somewhere else"

"If you ever read one of my books I hope you'll think it looks so easy. In fact, I wrote those chapters 20 times over, and over, and over, and that if you want to write at a good level, you'll have to do that too."

"But now she could not bear the way she sounded. She was not a person anyone could love.


And thus fled to her room. There she wept, bitterly, an ugly sound punctuated by great gulps. She could not stop herself. She could hear his footsteps in the passage outside. He walked up and down, up and down.

'Come in,' she prayed. 'Oh dearest, do come in.'

But he did not come in. He would not come in. This was the man she had practically contracted to give away her fortune to. He offered to marry her as a favour and then he would not even come into her room.

Later, she could smell him make himself a sweet pancake for his lunch. She thought this a childish thing to eat, and selfish, too. If he were a gentleman he would now come to her room and save her from the prison her foolishness had made for her. He did not come. She heard him pacing in his room."


Books by Peter Carey

  • Plainsong
  • 67,603 ratings
  • October 8th 2015 by Picador

    (first published October 4th 1999)

  • Oscar and Lucinda
  • 19,893 ratings
  • January 29th 1998 by University of Queensland Press

    (first published 1988)

  • Jack Maggs
  • 3,900 ratings
  • 1999 by Plon

    (first published 1997)

  • My Life as a Fake
  • 3,245 ratings
  • October 28th 2003 by Alfred A. Knopf

    (first published January 1st 2003)

  • Bliss
  • 3,192 ratings
  • 1991 by Faber and Faber

    (first published 1981)

  • A Long Way From Home
  • 2,984 ratings
  • January 9th 2018 by Faber & Faber

    (first published October 30th 2017)

Peter Carey
  • Peter Carey

  • Date of birth: May 07, 1943
  • Born: in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Australia.

  • Description: Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name. See this thread for more information.Peter Carey was born in Australia in 1943. He was educated at the local state school until the age of eleven and then became a boarder at Geelong Grammar School. He was a student there between 1954 and 1960 — after Rupert Murdoch had graduated and before Prince Charles arrived. In 1961 he studied science for a single unsuccessful year at Monash University. He was then employed by an advertising agency where he began to receive his literary education, meeting Faulkner, Joyce, Kerouac and other writers he had previously been unaware of. He was nineteen. For the next thirteen years he wrote fiction at night and weekends, working in many advertising agencies in Melbourne, London and Sydney. After four novels had been written and rejected The Fat Man in History — a short story collection — was published in 1974. This slim book made him an overnight success. From 1976 Carey worked one week a month for Grey Advertising, then, in 1981 he established a small business where his generous partner required him to work only two afternoons a week. Thus between 1976 and 1990, he was able to pursue literature obsessively. It was during this period that he wrote War Crimes, Bliss, Illywhacker, Oscar and Lucinda. Illywhacker was short listed for the Booker Prize. Oscar and Lucinda won it. Uncomfortable with this success he began work on The Tax Inspector. In 1990 he moved to New York where he completed The Tax Inspector. He taught at NYU one night a week. Later he would have similar jobs at Princeton, The New School and Barnard College. During these years he wrote The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith, Jack Maggs, and True History of the Kelly Gang for which he won his second Booker Prize. He collaborated on the screenplay of the film Until the End of the World with Wim Wenders. In 2003 he joined Hunter College as the Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing. In the years since he has written My Life as a Fake, Theft, His Illegal Self and Parrot and Oliver in America (shortlisted for 2010 Man Booker Prize).