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The life and loves of Herbert Badgery, a 139-year-old car salesman and snake-fancier, who is torn between the desire to be a good man and his need to attract people by means of his outrageous lies. The life story he tells includes bush pilots, fan dancers, Communists, schoolteachers, and exotic bird dealers.


About the Author

Peter Carey

Peter Carey was born in Australia in May 1943 and is the author of six novels. He won the Booker Prize in 1988 for Oscar and Lucinda (which has since been made into a film starring Ralph Fiennes) and was shortlisted in 1985 with Illywhacker. His other novels include The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith and Jack Maggs (winner of the 1998 Commonwealth Writers Prize). He has also written a collection of short stories, The Fat Man in History, and a book for children, The Big Bazoohley. Peter Carey won The Booker Prize for the second time in 2001 with True History of the Kelly Gang and was nominated for the Man Booker International Prize in 2007 and 2009.