Hunter College’s Peter Carey might break a record and become the only person to win the Man Booker Prize three times. Parrot and Olivier in America, Carey’s latest novel, has just been short-listed for this year’s prize, along with five other books. Carey, the executive director of Hunter’s MFA program in creative writing, is already a near record-breaker: he is one of only three writers who have won the coveted prize twice.
Carey won the Booker—one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world—for Oscar and Lucinda (1988) and True History of the Kelly Gang (2001), and his 1985 novel, Illywhacker, was short-listed for the prize.
Parrot and Olivier is a fictionalized account of Alexis de Tocqueville’s travels in the United States in the 1830s. According to the London Telegraph, Carey’s critically acclaimed novel has been named the 3-to-1 favorite to win the Booker by the British bookmaking firm Ladbrokes. The winner of the prize, who will be named on October 12 in London, will receive 50,000 pounds sterling (about $77,000).