Peter Philip CareyAO (born 7 May 1943) is an Australian novelist, known primarily for being one of only three writers to have won the Booker Prize twice—the others being J. M. Coetzee and Hilary Mantel. Carey won his first Booker Prize in 1988 for Oscar and Lucinda, and won for the second time in 2001 with True History of the Kelly Gang. In May 2008 he was nominated for the Best of the Booker Prize.
Carey has won the Miles Franklin Award three times and is frequently named as Australia’s next contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature.
In addition to writing fiction, he collaborated on the screenplay of the film Until the End of the World with Wim Wenders and is executive director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at Hunter College, part of the City University of New York.
Vanessa Couchman has lived in southwest France since 1997. She works as a freelance writer, offers copywriting services to international clients and writes magazine articles on French life and the art of writing. She is a member of the online, ex-pat writing group Writers Abroad. She has also been a Writers Bureau tutor.
Vanessa is passionate about French and Corsican history and culture, from which she draws inspiration for much of her fiction. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and on websites. She has also won and been placed, shortlisted and long listed in creative writing competitions. The House at Zaronza is her debut novel, to be published by Crooked Cat Publishing.
Apart from her writing site, linked above, Vanessa has a blog about French life: Life on La Lune.
They both write historical fiction.