[Nicholas Dunlop (n.dunlop@qub.ac.uk) has kindly shared his UK-based Carey bibliography site with our readers.]

[Peter Carey has written to say that as of 1 January 2008 his own site (www.petercareybooks.com) will go online. — George P. Landow]

Bliss (1981)


Dovey, Teresa. "An Infinite Onion: Narrative Structure in Peter Carey's Fiction." Australian Literary Studies 11(1983): 195-204.

Hassall, A.J. "Telling Lies and Stories: Peter Carey's Bliss." Modern Fiction Studies 35(1989) : 637-653.

Natale, Antonella Riem. "Harry Joy's Children: The Art of Story Telling in Peter Carey's Bliss." Australian Literary Studies 16 (1994): 341-47.


Chettle, Judith. "Paradise Lost and Found." Washington Post Book World 2 May 1982: 8.

Cooke, Judy. "Paradise." New Statesman 20 Nov. 1981: 22.

Gelder, K. "Bliss and Punishment." Canle Reviews Journal 1 (1983): 46-48

Graeber L. "Bliss." New York Times Book Review (1996): 24.

King, Francis. "Suburban Inferno." Spectator 12 Dec. 1981.

McKernan, S. "Recent Fiction." Overland 88 (1982): 56-59.

Ryle, J. "Magic and Poison." Times Literary Supplement 20 Nov 1981: 1350

Illywhacker (1985)


Blaber, Ronald and Marvin Gilman. Roguery - The Picaresque Tradition in Australian, Canadian and Indian Fiction. Springwood, NSW: Butterfly Books, 1990.

Burns, D.R. "Feasibility Through Fictional Ploys." Overland 137 (1994): 39-44.

Daniel, Helen. "'The Liar's Lump', Or, 'A Salesman's Sense of History': Peter Carey's Illywhacker." Southerly 47 (1986): 157-167.

Edwards, Brian. "Deceptive Constructions: The Art of Building in Peter Carey's Illywhacker." Australia and New Zealand Studies in Canada 4 (1990): 39- 56.

Fletcher, M.D. "Peter Carey's Postcolonial Australia I: Illywhacker: Lies, Dependence and Political History." Australian Political Ideas. Ed. Geoff Stokes. New South Wales: U. of NSW, 1994.

McClusky, Phil. "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the Outback: Contextualising a Structural Magic Realism." Span 36 (1993): 88-94.

Rowan, Leonie Olivea. Peter Carey's Illywhacker: An Analysis of the Novel as a Work of Metafiction. Brisbane: L. Rowan, 1989.

Ryan, Sue. "Metafiction in Illywhacker: Peter Carey's Renovated Picaresque Novel." Commonwealth Essays and Studies 14.1 (1991): 33-40.

Sharrad, Paul. "Responding to the Challenge: Peter Carey and the Reinvention of Australia." Span 25 (1987): 37-46.

Thwaites, Tony. "More Tramps at Home: Seeing Australia First." Meanjin 46 (1987): 400-409.

Todd, Richard. "Narrative Trickery and Performative Historiography: Fictional Representation of National Identity in Graham Swift, Peter Carey and Mordecai Richler." Magical Realism: Theory, History, Community. Eds. Lois Parkinson Zamora and Wendy B. Faris. Durham: Duke U.P., 1995. 307-28.


Duwell, M. "The Lie of the Land." Overland 101 (1985): 92-94.(review)

Graeber, L. "Illywhacker." New York Times Book Review (1996): 68.

Hislop, A. "Whoppers and Warnings." Times Literary Supplement 3 May 1985: 492.

Jacobson, H. "Dirty Very Old Man." New York Times Book Review Nov. 1985: 15

Lewis, P. "Illywhacker." Stand Magazine 26.3 (1985): 51-56.

Spice, Nicholas. "Phattbookia Stupenda." London Review of Books 18 April 1985: 20-21.

Suplee, Curt."Con Man of the Outback." Washington Post Book World 18 Aug, 1985.

Taylor, D.J. "Down Under With Waltzing Jane." Encounter 65.3 (1985): 51-52.

Oscar and Lucinda (1988)


Beer, Gillian. "The Reader's Wager: Lots, Sorts and Futures." Essays in Criticism 40 (1990): 99-123.

Brown, Ruth. "English Heritage and Australian Culture: The Church and Literature of England in Oscar and Lucinda." Australian Literary Studies 17 (1995): 135-40.

Callahan, David. "Peter Carey's Oscar and Lucinda and the Subversion of Subversion." Australian Studies 4 (1990): 20-26.

Elkner, Brian. Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey. Melbourne: Dept. of Discussion Programs, 1990.

Fletcher, M.D. "Peter Carey's Postcolonial Australia II: Oscar and Lucinda: Misunderstanding, Victimisation and Political History." Australian Political Ideas. Ed. Geoff Stokes. New South Wales: U. of NSW, 1994.

Huggan, Graham. "Is the (Gunter) Grass Greener on the Other Side? Oskar and Lucinde in the New World." World Literature Written in English 30.1 (1990): 1-10.

Ommundsen, Wenche. "Narrative Navel Gazing - How to Recognize a Metafiction When You See One." Southern Review (Adelaide) 22.3 (1989): 269-71.

Petersen, Holst. "Gambling on Reality." Australian Literary Studies 15 (1991): 107- 16. (Special issue entitled European Perspectives: Contemporary Essays on Australian Literature. Ed. Giovanni Capone.)


Ackerley, Chris. "Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey." Landfall 44.1 (March 1990): 94.

Bainbridge, Beryl. "Oscar and Lucinda." New York Times Book Review 29 May 1988: 1.

Busch, F. "Oscar and Lucinda: Victorian Adventure Offers Thrills, Heartbreak, Comedy." Chicago Tribune 19 June 1988:1,11.

Dyer, Geoff. "The Long, Long Love Affair." New Statesman 1 Apr 1988:28.

Enright, D.J. "People in Glass Churches." Listener 31 Mar 1988:29.

Harris, M. "Eminent Victorians." Southerly 49 (1989): 109-113.

King, Francis. "Edmund Gosse Goes to Australia." Spectator 2 Apr 1988:32-33.

Lee, Hermione. "Duo Down Under." Observer 27 Mar 1988: 42.

Liverani, M.R. "Oscar and Lucinda." Overland 110 (1988): 70-72.

Richey, N.J. "Oscar and Lucinda." World Literature Today 63 (1989): 534-535.

Sage, L. "Backwards into Destiny." Times Literary Supplement 1 Apr. 1988: 363.

See, Carolyn. "A Dance to the Music of Eternity." LA Times Book Review 19 June, 1988.

Walters, Margaret. "You Bet Your Life." London Review of Books, 21 Apr. 1988: 20.

Wilhelmus, T. "Oscar and Lucinda." Hudson Review 41.3 (1988): 551-553.

The Tax Inspector (1991)


Bode, Barbara. "Angels and Devils — Child Sexual Abuse in Peter Carey's The Tax Inspector." Antipodes 9.2 (Dec 1995): 107-10.

Dixon, Robert. "Closing the Can of Worms: Enactments of Justice in Bleak House, The Mystery of a Hansom Cab and The Tax Inspector." Westerly 37.4 (1992): 37-45.


Bell, P.K. "The Tax Inspector." Partisan Review 59.2 (1992): 282-295.

Brady, Veronica. "Birth, Death and Taxes." Overland 125 (1991): 80-83.

Craig, J. "The Real Thing." Southerly 52 (1992): 152-156.

Eder, Richard. "Titans of the Junkyard." LA Times Book Review 29 Dec, 1991: 3,8.

Graeber, L. "The Tax Inspector." New York Times Book Review 28 Feb. 1993: 32.

Koenig, Rhoda. "Taxes and Death." New York 13 Jan 1992: 62.

Marx, Bill. "Dystopia Down Under." Nation 16 Mar. 1992: 346-48.

Prose, Francine. "Would You Buy A Used Car From This Family?." New York Times Book Review 12 Jan 1992: 1.

Towers, Robert. "House of Cards." The New York Review of Books 25 June 1992: 35-36.

White, E. "Recognizing Jack." Times Literary Supplement 30 Aug. 1991: 21.

The Unusual Life of Tristran Smith (1994)


Bradley, James. "A Slippery, Ripperty Thing: Empire and Culture in Peter Carey's Tristan Smith." The New York Review of Science Fiction 9.5 (1997): 17-19.

Griffin, David. "A Rebuttal to James Bradley." The New York Review of Science Fiction 9.11 (1997): 15-18.


Bernard, April. "The Unusual Life Of Tristan Smith by Peter Carey." The New York Review of Books 22 June 1995:44.

"Books." Maclean's 20 Feb 1995: 65.

Coad. D. "The Unusual Life Of Tristan Smith." World Literature Today 70 (1996): 757-758.

Coe, Jonathan. "Principa Efica." The London Review of Books 22 Sept 1994: 5.

Glover, Douglas. "Australia On My Mind." Chicago Tribune 19 Feb 1995: 5.

Graeber, L. "The Unusual Life Of Tristan Smith." New York Times Book Review (1996): 24.

Hensher, Philip. "Heaven, Hell and Disneyland." Guardian Weekly 23 Oct. 1994: 28.

Heyward, Michael. "Parallel Universes." The New Republic 10 Apr. 1995: 38.

Jaireth, S. "The Unusual Life Of Tristan Smith." Overland 139 (1995): 72-74

Kellaway, Kate. "Every Man is a Theatre." Observer Review 11 Sept. 1994: 18.

Koening, Rhoda. "Books." Vogue Feb. 1995: 161.

Korn, E. "Entertaining Empires." Times Literary Supplement 2 Sept.1994: 10.

See, Carolyn. "A Magic Tale of Spectacle." Washington Post 17 Feb. 1995: F7.

"The Unusual Life Of Tristan Smith by Peter Carey." The New York Times Book Review 12 Feb. 1995: 7.

Woodward, Richard B. "Out of Efica." The Village Voice 28 Feb. 1995: 59.



Hassall, A.J. "A Tale of Two Countries: Jack Maggs and Peter Carey's Fiction." Australian Literary Studies 18 (1997): 128-135.


Hensher, Philip. "Jack Maggs." The Spectator 20 Sep. 1997: 36.

Kermode, Frank. "Jack Maggs." The London Review of Books 16 Oct. 1997: 8.

Litvack, Leon. "Jack Maggs by Peter Carey." Dickensian 94.1 (1998): 58-60.

Nokes, David. "Jack Maggs." The Times Literary Supplement 12 Sept. 1997: 6.


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