Peter Carey’s contemporary classic is a dazzling comic account of one man’s unbelievable exploits across the Australian continent.

Herbert Badgery, a 139-year-old car salesman and snake-fancier, is torn between the desire to be a good man and his need to attract people by means of his fantastic lies. Subjects of his outrageous untruths include, but are not limited to: bush pilots, fan dancers, communists, schoolteachers and exotic bird dealers.

The Booker Prize 1985
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Peter Carey

Peter Carey

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Peter Carey is an Australian author who has won the Booker Prize twice, for Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang.
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Other nominated books by Peter Carey

Parrot and Olivier in America
Theft: A Love Story
True History of the Kelly Gang
Prize winner
Oscar and Lucinda
Prize winner