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My Life as a Fake by Peter Carey
Peter Carey uses the the 1943 Ern Malley affair in Australia as the inspiration for his novel, My Life as a Fake. Christopher Chubb creates the fictional "working-class genius" writer Bob McCorkle and convinces editor David Weiss to publish his poems, then exposes the hoax. The investigation of this hoax is done years later by London literary editor Sarah Wode-Douglas, whose travels to Malaysia and encounters a down-and-out Christopher Chubb. Sarah is determined to get her hands on the McCorkle poetry to determine their actual origin. Perhaps McCorkle wasn't so fictional at all. My Life as a Fake is a satire of the literary establishment as well as an exploration of the different degrees of truth and reality. The Independent says, "In a beautifully-crafted piece of storytelling, Peter Carey has produced an immensely powerful work that will resonate for generations."