Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey
It tells the story of Oscar Hopkins, the Cornish 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 boat over to Australia, and discover that they are both obsessive gamblers. 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 1146th greatest fiction book of all time
This book is on the following lists:
- - 80th on The Telegraph’s 100 Novels Everyone Should Read (Telegraph)
- - 92nd on The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time: The List (The Observer)
- - Man Booker Prize (Man Booker Prize)