Oscar and Lucinda

Oscar and Lucinda is a novel by Australian author Peter Carey which won the 1988 Booker Prize and the 1989 Miles Franklin Award. It was shortlisted for The Best of the Booker.

Oscar and Lucinda
First edition (Australia)
AuthorPeter Carey
Cover artistPierre Le Tan
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback, Paperback)
Pages528 pp
LC ClassMLCM 91/08820 (P) PR9619.3.C36
Preceded byIllywhacker 
Followed byThe Tax Inspector 

Plot introduction

It tells the story of Oscar Hopkins, the Devonian son of a Plymouth Brethren minister who becomes an Anglican priest, and Lucinda Leplastrier, a young Australian heiress who buys a glass factory. They meet on the ship over to Australia, and discover that they are both gamblers, one obsessive, the other compulsive. Lucinda bets Oscar that he cannot transport a glass church from Sydney to a remote settlement at Bellingen, some 400 km up the New South Wales coast. This bet changes both their lives forever.


The novel partly takes its inspiration from Father and Son, the autobiography of the English poet Edmund Gosse, which describes his relationship with his father, Philip Henry Gosse.


A film version released in 1997 was directed by Gillian Armstrong and starred Ralph Fiennes, Cate Blanchett, and Tom Wilkinson.

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Dancing on Coral
Miles Franklin Award recipient
Succeeded by
Oceana Fine
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