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The late style masterpiece from Peter Carey, twice winner of the Booker Prize.

Irene Bobs loves fast driving. Her husband is the best car salesman in rural southeastern Australia. Together with Willie, their lanky navigator, they embark upon the Redex Trial, a brutal race around the continent, over roads no car will ever quite survive.

A Long Way from Home is Peter Carey's late style masterpiece - a thrilling high-speed story that starts in one way then takes you to another place altogether. Set in the 1950s in the embers of the British Empire, painting a picture of Queen and subject, black, white and those in between, this brilliantly vivid novel illustrates how the possession of an ancient culture spirals through history - and the love made and hurt caused along the way.

©2017 Peter Carey (P)2018 Bolinda

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Outstanding. My new favourite writer

As a petrol-head I was looking forward to the motor-sport, and I wasn’t disappointed, it was described with poetical beauty. But it was the people of the story who grabbed me and took me away to their 1950’s Australian lives. And in the end the story itself, has up-ended so much of what I thought I kind of knew. It’s frank, compelling, important, all that literary stuff. It’s also brilliant.

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Superb Book of 2018 Nomination

This has to be one of the best books I have listened to on Audible or read. It's a rich story of culture race and racism, life and love. A most excellent book.