Image: The Pudding himself in Lavender Bay, Sydney; by SpacePotato via Flickr
How did we miss this? A character in Peter Carey's novel Theft has a thing for Norman Lindsay's Magic Pudding. For him it is a shibboleth, an internalized text constantly throwing up references the way earlier generations were everywhere reminded of tales from the Bible. Carey was asked about the connection between the two works on Australian National Radio's Book Show:
Ramona Koval: Peter Carey, finally, what is The Magic Pudding doing in the book? It's a favourite of Hugh and Marlene's; is it a favourite of yours too?
Peter Carey: I do love The Magic Pudding. I think everywhere...and I've travelled around a lot and I seem to lose my copies of The Magic Pudding and get new ones, and the truth of the matter is things find their way into your books because...a word might come into a book because of something someone said at dinner last night and it isn't the dinner that you're interested in it's the word and you pick it up and you love it and you use it, and The Magic Pudding I was rereading when I was writing the book. But Hugh does seem very much...I do think The Magic Pudding is one of the great Australian works, and Hugh somehow seems to fit...Hugh having an affection for The Magic Pudding just seemed right to me, and there are things that it just gives you an excuse to celebrate and put in the book that said something about Hugh's character, it celebrates the book, it's a very distinctive Australian book which I love.