New Tales of the South Pacific
by Graeme Kennedy
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Calling the South Pacific islands "paradise" - a term frequently used by the media - is an outdated perception, according to veteran itinerant journalist Graeme Kennedy.

This thoughtful little tome of short stories about the beautiful islands most of us take for granted is perceptive, entertaining and not afraid to point out why some aspects of island life are the opposite of paradise ... though still fascinating.

The book island-hops. One minute you're in Pago Pago, the next Fiji. But for every destination there are a few hilarious moments, a little history, a legend or two and very often tales about the people who have chosen to make the South Pacific their home.

This is Kennedy's first such volume. A second is already on the way.