A leader of the Young Ireland rebellion of 1948, Robert Devereux is an Irish gentleman who is prepared to hazard a life of privilege in the fight for his country's freedom. Transported to Van Diemen's Land as a political prisoner, he enters a life that greatly changes him, falling in love with a young Irish convict woman. Through Kathleen O'Rahilly he comes to know the people he's long romanticised; but his cause, and the life he has lost, will not let him go.
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Christopher Koch is of Irish, English and German ancestry. For a good deal of his life he was a broadcasting producer, working for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Sydney. He has lived and worked in London and elsewhere overseas. He has been a full-time 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. His novel, The Year of Living Dangerously, was made into a successful Hollywood film starring Mel Gibson and nominated for a Golden Palm at Cannes in 1983. And in 1995, Koch was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for his contribution to Australian literature.
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Book Description Vintage/Ebury (a Division of Random, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 99286971