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The Many-Coloured Land: A Return to Ireland

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As a youngster, Christopher Koch was intrinsically aware of his mixed and tremulous heritage. When Margaret O'Meara, his Tipperary born, rebellious great-great-grandmother, boarded the Tasmania to travel as a convict to the southern hemisphere, there began a new dimension within Christopher's family tree; a secretive past that his mother refused to discuss. Many years late ...more
Paperback, 246 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Pan Macmillan
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Apr 24, 2012 Tony rated it it was amazing
Culture and its erosion, along with poetic sensibility, are examined through descriptions of Ireland, the author's family history and his experience of the Irish heritage in Australia.

The opening chapters cover Koch's background and early life in Tasmania. One of his maternal great-great-grandmothers was an Irish Protestant of patrician Ascendancy stock (he will ultimately find her old family mansion in ruins, its name having been given to a new housing estate). Another was a convict: he recount
Jan 23, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing
An Australian with two great-great maternal grandparents who landed up in Tasmania, Australia, is not unusual; what is unusual about this book is that is was written by Christopher Koch, considered by many to be the finest Australian writer of his generation. Koch had initially visited Ireland as a young man in 1956; when the country was by all accounts, a depressed and pretty bleak place. He returned forty-four years later when the Celtic Tiger was well and truly on the loose. This book encompa ...more
Written at the time of the boom in the Irish economy and when the political and terrorist threats where still present, this book provides Koch's journey to trace his family links between the foundation of Tasmania to the Irish potato famine. His writing is clear, witty and insightful. The book contains both historical interest into the convict era and Ireland politics as well as intriguing stories on the people who he meets. His travelling companion fills the journey in Ireland with humour and l ...more
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Love The Clancy Brothers' music! I was interested to read about them in this book.
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An Australian from Van Diemen's Land travels to Ireland in search of his Irish convict roots.
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Jun 26, 2008 Chris Enns rated it really liked it
So far - I'm going back to Ireland at some point and will need to re-read this book before I do.
Dec 04, 2016 Eilagh rated it it was ok
The best part of this book for me was the history in Tasmania. Travelling around Ireland was pretty interesting but not riveting.
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Christopher Koch was born and educated in Tasmania. For a good deal of his life he was a broadcasting producer, working for the ABC in Sydney. He has lived and worked in London and elsewhere overseas. He has been a fulltime writer since 1972, winning international praise and a number of awards for his novels, many of which are translated in a number of European countries. One of his novels, The YE ...more
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