A LONG WAY FROM HOME, by Peter Carey, Hamish Hamil­ton/ Pen­guin.

The Australian Women's Weekly - - Books -

In an au­thor’s note, Carey de­scribes his

14th novel as “the one I spent my whole life not know­ing how to write”. It’s his reck­on­ing with race – an ex­plo­ration of what it means to be a white Aus­tralian – though told with such bounce and hu­mour the se­ri­ous­ness of in­tent never weighs down his story of a cross­con­ti­nent car race, the Redex Trial, set in the 1950s. It starts in Bac­chus Marsh, as car sales­man Titch Bobs and his speed-freak wife re­cruit their neigh­bour as nav­i­ga­tor. They’re all mad as snakes and ev­ery­thing that can go wrong does, with bizarre con­se­quences. Pe­riod de­tails range from Wob­bly Hour, when the beer taps turn off, to the Mar­alinga bomb tests. Think a high-rev Il­ly­whacker on wheels, both thought­ful and fun.

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