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name = Illywhacker
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author = Peter Carey
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country = Australia
language = English
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genre = literary
publisher = University of Queensland Press
release_date = 1985
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media_type = Print (Hardback and Paperback)
pages = 600
isbn = 0702220000
preceded_by = Bliss
followed_by = Oscar and Lucinda

"Illywhacker" is a novel by Australian writer Peter Carey. It was published in 1985, short-listed for the 1985 Booker Prize, and won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award and The Age Book of the Year Award. It was also short-listed for the 1986 World Fantasy Award.

The novel tells the story of Herbert Badgery, self-admitted liar, trickster, and confidence man, the "Illywhacker" of the title (though "illywhacker" is also supposed to be Australian slang for "a stick for smacking a child with, (not allowed any more)").

Considered metafiction or magical realism by some, the novel is divided into three books of eighty-six, sixty-one, and sixty-six short chapters respectively, with chapters often shorter than a single page. It covers Herbert's life and marriage and that of his son, Charles, in a rambunctious and meandering style.

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