‘The Pacific Islands: An Encyclopedia’ by Brij V. Lal (editor), Kate Fortune (editor)
This substantial volume is a must-have for those who are interested in the Blue Continent. Over 600 pages cover all the important topics – from geography and environment to history and politics to peoples and their culture. It’s a true mine of information you definitely want to have sitting on your bookshelf.
Bonus: Lots of photographs, illustrations, maps, and tables that enhance the written word.
‘Reach for Paradise: A Journey Among Pacific Islands’ by Andrew Rayner
Andrew Rayner’s memoir-cum-travelogue is probably the most beautiful book on the Pacific Islands ever written. It is a treasure, pure and simple. Not only does it guarantee an enjoyable and insightful reading experience, but it also delights visually. I can assure you, it will hold your attention from the very first to the very last page.
Bonus: Every single page of this title is one big bonus!
‘We Are the Ocean: Selected Works’ by Epeli Hau’ofa
When you think of great Pacific writers, Epeli Hau’ofa’s name immediately comes to your mind. ‘We Are the Ocean’ is a brilliant book if you want to get a taste of the man’s works. It’s a terrific – absolutely terrific – combination of essays, poems, lectures, and fiction that not only entertains but most of all educates.
Bonus: Chapters from Epeli Hau’ofa’s novel ‘Kisses in the Nederends’ – hilarious!
‘Arts of the Pacific Islands’ by Anne D’Alleva
Art constitutes such an important part of Pasifika lifestyles. For those who want to delve deeper into this subject, Anne D’Alleva’s publication is a must-read. It explains the significance of artistic craftsmanship in Polynesian, Micronesian, and Melanesian cultures in great detail, letting you understand the real meaning behind various forms of Oceanian art.
Bonus: Breathtaking photographs that are worth a thousand words.
‘Globalization and Culture Change in the Pacific Islands’ by Victoria S. Lockwood
Cultures around the world are constantly changing, and the Pacific Island nations are not immune to this fact. Edited by Victoria S. Lockwood volume sheds interesting light on globalization and the effects it has on the remote countries scattered around the great blue ocean. A really fine piece of immensely engaging literature!
Bonus: In-depth case studies that offer a closer look at the topics discussed in the book.