The first Penguin edition of Peter Carey's Theft: A Love Story, with a cover by Michael Leunig Michael 'Butcher' Boone is an ex-'really famous' painter, now reduced to living in a remote country house and acting as caretaker for his younger brother, Hugh. Alone together they've forged a delicate equilibrium, a balance instantly destroyed when a mysterious young woman named Marlene walks out of a rainstorm and into their lives. Beautiful, smart, and ambitious, she's the daughter-in-law of the late great painter Jacques Liebovitz. Soon Marlene sets in motion a chain of events that could be the making, or the ruin, of them all ...'Brilliantly inventive ...An authentic love story about two brothers who can't stand themselves, and can't live without each other.' Seattle Times 'The work of a novelist willing his way into greatness minute by gritty minute.' The Australian 'Utterly absorbing ...Afire with passion, both love and loathing.' Los Angeles Times Book Review
Peter Carey was born in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, and now lives in New York. He is the author of thirteen novels (including one for children), two volumes of short stories, and two books on travel. Amongst other prizes, Carey has won the Booker Prize twice (for Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang), the Commonwealth Writers' Prize twice (for Jack Maggs and True History of the Kelly Gang), and the Miles Franklin Literary Award three times (for Bliss, Oscar and Lucinda and Jack Maggs). His most recent novels are Parrot and Olivier in America and The Chemistry of Tears.