His Illegal Self by Peter Carey

Described by The Australian as “one of his very best”, Peter Carey’s His Illegal Self is a powerfully haunting novel that will resonate with you long afterwards. It tells the story of Che. Raised in isolated privilege by his grandmother, he is the abandoned son of radical student activists at Harvard in the late sixties. Yearning for his famous outlaw parents, he takes hope from his long-haired teenage neighbour who predicts, ‘They will come for you, man. They'll break you out of here’.

This unsettling novel in stripped-down Carey prose, which makes it all the more powerful, is both fascinating and unnerving. Highly recommended – you will probably hug your kids afterwards!