Solomon Time : Adventures in the South Pacific, Paperback Book

Solomon Time : Adventures in the South Pacific Paperback

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Echoing the experiences of Robert Louis Stevenson - who spent several years in the South Pacific - here is the story of a contemporary writer who lived in and came to love the Solomon Islands. Most unexpectedly, Will Randall, once a happy schoolteacher, found himself dispatched to a small village on a not very large island, far out in the vastness of the South Pacific.

His mission (although he had hardly chosen to accept it): - to fulfil the dying wishes of the 'Commander' and help the local people set up a money-making community project.

The Solomon Islands, islands lost in time - Solomon Time; these little gems of land scattered across the ocean, must be the last sanctuary on our shrivelled planet not yet overshadowed by the Golden Arches or encapsulated in a Coca-Cola bubble.

Everyone has dreamed at some time of living on a desert island.

Here is the unvarnished truth. Sharks, turtles, a band of unruly chickens, a cast of extraordinary characters, and a bird called the Spangled Drongo, accompany Will Randall through some of the most fascinating and certainly funniest scenes to be found in travel writing since Gerald Durrell.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages, maps
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Travel writing
  • ISBN: 9780349115023

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Hapless young bureaucrat finds himself posted to the Solomon Islands where he quickly learns that trying to make things happen on a schedule is futile. Entertaining and humorous travel essay.

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Swapping his teaching job to set up an initiative to enable islanders to remain self-sufficient, Will heads for a remote island in the South Pacific. He writes well and his humorous descriptions of learning to live and work by Solomon time, understand the local dialect of pidgin English and cope with the mosquitoes made for a good read.

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