Peter Carey uses his latest book Parrot & Olivier in America to talk about literature, his writing process and how the snobbery of a French aristocrat might not be such a bad thing for our modern world.
Peter Carey was born in Australia in 1943. He claims his birthplace of Bacchus Marsh had a population of 4,000. This fact should probably be checked. He was educated at the local state school until the age of 11 and then became a boarder at Geelong Grammar School. He was a student there between 1954 and 1960 — after Rupert Murdoch had graduated and before Prince Charles arrived.
Louise Swinn is the editorial director of Sleepers. Her fiction and reviews have appeared in the Age, Overland, Meanjin, The Times Literary Supplement, Guardian, the Australian, Kill Your Darlings, and Best Australian Stories.