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PJ Kavanagh’s account of his early experiences, THE PERFECT STRANGER, has gone into several editions since it first appeared in 1966, and is passed from hand to hand by devoted aficionados. At the end of it, referring to the ventral event, the early death of his wife, ‘the perfect stranger’, he says: ‘the rest of my life, any sense I can make of it, is a memorial to that’. Now a quarter of a century later, in the form of a journey to Australia in search of his great-grandfather, Patrick, from County Carlow, he step by step declares what sense he has made.

The journey takes him not only into the southwest wilderness of Tasmania, into the rain forest, into the bush of New Zealand, but further and further into our past and our present, into the nature of ‘Irishness’ and its effects, into religion, tradition, myth, into the life of his own father, author of the wartime radio show ITMA – ‘anarchic and reassuring at the same time’. What is a travel book about people and places is also a private journey into a landscape of the mind which we can recognize, and share.

PJ Kavanagh author, Hutchinson publisher 1990, 216pp, h/c, dj with plastic cover.

Ex library copy with usual marks/markings etc. A good tidy copy.

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