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The Booker Prize 1988

The Booker Prize 1988

The Winner

Oscar and Lucinda

By Peter Carey

Published by Faber & Faber

Oscar is a young English clergyman who has broken with his past and developed a disturbing talent for gambling. A country girl of singular ambition, Lucinda moves to Sydney, driven by dreams of self-reliance and the building of an industrial Utopia. Together this unlikely pair create and are created by the spectacle of mid-nineteenth century Australia.


The Shortlist

The 1988 Judges

Michael Foot (Chair)

Sebastian Faulks

Philip French

Blake Morrison

Rose Tremain