Amnesia

By Peter Carey
(Knopf Publishing Group, Hardcover, 9780385352772, 320pp.)

Publication Date: January 13, 2015

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The two-time Booker Prize winner now gives us an exceedingly timely, exhilarating novel--at once dark, suspenseful, and seriously funny--that journeys to the place where the cyber underworld collides with international power politics.
When Gaby Baillieux releases the Angel Worm into Australia's prison computer system, hundreds of asylum-seekers walk free. And because the Americans run the prisons (let's be honest: as they do in so many parts of her country) the doors of some five thousand jails in the United States also open. Is this a mistake, or a declaration of cyber war? And does it have anything to do with the largely forgotten Battle of Brisbane between American and Australian forces in 1942? Or with the CIA-influenced coup in Australia in 1975? Felix Moore, known to himself as "our sole remaining left-wing journalist," is determined to write Gaby's biography in order to find the answers--to save her, his own career, and, perhaps, his country. But how to get Gaby--on the run, scared, confused, and angry--to cooperate?
Bringing together the world of hackers and radicals with the "special relationship" between the United States and Australia, and Australia and the CIA, "Amnesia" is a novel that speaks powerfully about the often hidden past--but most urgently about the more and more hidden present.




About the Author
Peter Carey, LL.B. LL.M. is a Solicitor and Consultant to Charles Russell where he advises on all aspects of e-commerce and data protection. He is a Visiting Professor at The College of Law and is the author of several leading books in the field of data protection and e-commerce including Data Protection in the UK. Peter is the Editor of the journal Privacy & Data Protection, and he lectures frequently on e-commerce issues.


NPR
Saturday, Jan 10, 2015

Peter Carey's novel opens as a hacker's computer virus is unlocking prison cells around the world. He says, "Assange was the reason I started writing the book, but I didn't want to write about [him]." More at NPR.org

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