Ten Pound Pom by Niall Griffiths

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In 1976, 10-year-old Niall Griffiths and his family immigrated to Australia from Liverpool as part of the Ten Pound Pom, an assisted-passage plan designed to increase the population of Australia and supply workers for its booming industries. Following three years of residence, the family moved coast-to-coast, from Brisbane to Perth, traveling more than 2,000 miles in a souped-up station wagon. Thirty years later, Griffiths returned to retrace his steps, chronicling the journey in this part memoir, part travelogue.


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Niall Griffiths is from Liverpool and now lives in Wales. Jonathan Cape is publishing his second novel, Sheepshagger, in April.
Published November 1, 2012 by Parthian Books. 188 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel.

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Of the neighbouring towns, however, it’s Beechworth that maintains that it is ‘Australia’s Best Preserved Ned Kelly Town’ but these towns are not the only ones wanting to stake a claim to fame: there’s Holbrook – ‘Australia’s Submarine Town’ – with a huge U-boat half-buried in its centre or Mecke...

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The complete antithesis of television programmes like ‘A Place in the Sun’, “Ten Pound Poms” looks at what Griffiths claims is the real Australian psyche and it’s viewpoint that’s unlikely to see many Aussies rushing out to the bookstores.

Apr 26 2011 | Read Full Review of Ten Pound Pom

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