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Down Home: Revisiting Tasmania by Peter Conrad

March 1989, no. 108

Down Home: Revisiting Tasmania by Peter Conrad

Chatto & Windus

Down Home: Revisiting Tasmania by Peter Conrad

March 1989, no. 108

Back in 1964 before I left the University of Tasmania, Amanda Howard (now Lohrey) introduced me to a serious, nondescript first-year student who, she told me, would go far. Twenty years later Peter Conrad is a Fellow at Christ Church, Oxford, and author of a number of well-regarded books on literature, opera, and television, with a reputation established on both sides of the Atlantic.

Down Home is Conrad’s record of a visit back to Tasmania to explore his own identity through a better understanding of the place from where he came. It contains some of the best descriptive writing to have come out of Australia; the Oxford don writes like a poet when seeking to describe the island. Even the disinterested reader who has no first-hand knowledge of Tasmania could read this book for the sheer pleasure of the language.

Dennis Altman reviews 'Down Home: Revisiting Tasmania' by Peter Conrad

Down Home: Revisiting Tasmania

by Peter Conrad

Chatto & Windus

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