Using previously neglected radio interviews amongst other documents, woodcock sees Carey as a fictional shadow maker, whose characters often inhabit the unpredictable borderlands of experience.
This is a revised and expanded edition of Woodcock's accessible study, now including detailed readings of Carey's latest novels, 'Jack Maggs' and 'True History of the Kelly Gang'.
Series Editor's Foreword
1. Contexts and intertexts
2. The stories
3. Bliss (1981)
4. Illywhacker (1985)
5. Oscar and Lucinda (1988)
6. The Tax Inspector (1991)
7. The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith (1994) and The Big Bazoohley (1995)
8. Jack Maggs (1997)
9. True History of the Kelly Gang (2001)
10. Critical overview and conclusion