Paul Horan travels to Italy to try to discover the truth about his illustrious and somewhat eccentric ancestor Colonel Peard – ‘Garibaldi’s Englishman’ – who, in the late 19th century, joined Garibaldi’s campaign to unite Italy.
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Read by Paul Horan with Duncan Smith, Sonia Lees and Stuart Handloff. Produced by Adam Macaulay and engineered by Phil Benge for RNZ
Paul Horan is originally from Palmerston North and proudly so. His career as a writer and producer spans stage, radio and television and has included executive production work for Australian television on shows such as Rove Live. He has written a major drama and some short stories for Radio New Zealand.
Paul Horan begins his journey to follow in the steps of his illustrious ancestor Colonel Peard. He begins at Peard's former manor house (now a health spa) in England then heads for Italy to find out… Audio
Paul arrives on the mainland of Italy carrying a huge folder of research notes about Colonel Peard. He recounts Peard's meeting with Alexander Dumas and Dumas' overly romantic account of the meeting… Audio
Still in Calabria, Paul visits Eboli where one of the strangest events concerning Colonel Peard was supposed to have taken place. Eboli is said, in Italy, to be the town where Christ stopped (gave… Audio
Paul observes how tourist-worn is Italy but still strangely attractive and compelling. He travels the Amalfi coast and is astonished at the scale and grandeur of the place. On Capri he meets a former… Audio
A visit to Naples convinces Paul that the place is the best city in Italy. He delights in the fact that he is not catered to like a tourist but is largely ignored or totally included by the locals. He… Audio
At last Paul reaches Rome and is astonished at the sense of the layering of history in the city. He is not as enthusiastic about Rome as he is about Naples but admits it to be a truly 'important world… Audio