The Rising Tide: Among the islands and atolls of the Pacific Ocean by Tom Bamforth

Reviewed by
November 2019, no. 416
Ceridwen Spark reviews 'The Rising Tide: Among the islands and atolls of the Pacific Ocean' by Tom Bamforth

The Rising Tide: Among the islands and atolls of the Pacific Ocean

by Tom Bamforth

Hardie Grant Books, $29.99 pb, 263 pp, 9781743793077

The Rising Tide: Among the islands and atolls of the Pacific Ocean by Tom Bamforth

Reviewed by
November 2019, no. 416

During cold southern winters, the islands and atolls of the Pacific seem to offer an idyllic escape. Advertisements for cheap flights to Fiji or New Caledonia present smiling ukulele players and al fresco massages. More bleakly, despairing islanders, by virtue of their place of birth, experience the devastation wrought by urbanisation and the climate crisis.

For Melbourne writer Tom Bamforth, the Pacific is much more complex than either of these extremes. Over ten years, he has pursued and discovered a collection of layered and interesting places, learning much about the unique delights and challenges of life in our neighbouring Pacific nations.

Ceridwen Spark reviews 'The Rising Tide: Among the islands and atolls of the Pacific Ocean' by Tom Bamforth

The Rising Tide: Among the islands and atolls of the Pacific Ocean

by Tom Bamforth

Hardie Grant Books, $29.99 pb, 263 pp, 9781743793077

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