Peter Carey aims high, but falls a little flat Down Under

Peter Carey aims high, but falls a little flat Down Under

A Long Way From Home leaves behind it an unmistakable residue of disappointment

FICTION: A Long Way From Home, By Peter Carey, Faber & Faber, €16.45

The Redex Round Australia Reliability Trial was a promotional gimmick sponsored by the manufacturers of Redex oil treatments. It involved circumnavigating Australia – a 10,000-mile trip – in commercially available cars. Anyone could compete, and amateur drivers frequently did.

At the peak of its popularity, in the 1950s, the Redex Trial was a national obsession. People turned out en masse to cheer as...

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