In "The Courier-Mail", Stefanie Balogh interviews Peter Carey ahead of his visit to the Adelaide Writers' Week next March, where he will release his tenth novel, His Illegal Self.
He has spent nearly two decades living in New York, but says one never loses a sense of being Australian. "People tend to think you do and also, I realise now, that I've got a kid who was born here who is 17. So I've been here 17, almost 18 years. In my mind it's not like that at all," he says. "I occupy that space all the time in my head but, of course, 18 years is a long way to be away, so obviously it's tough. But in my head I'm an Australian and I can't not be and I am in a very detailed sort of way."