Among the Islands: Adventures in the Pacific

Among the Islands: Adventures in the Pacific

by Tim Flannery


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Among the Islands: Adventures in the Pacific by Tim Flannery

Tim Flannery is one of the world’s most influential scientists, credited with discovering more species than Darwin. In Among the Islands Flannery recounts a series of expeditions he made at the dawn of his career to the strange tropical islands of the South Pacific, a great arc stretching nearly 4,000 miles from the postcard perfection of Polynesia to some of the largest, highest, ancient, and most rugged islands on earth.

Flannery was traveling in search of rare and undiscovered mammal species, but he found much more: wild, weird places where local taboos, foul weather, dense jungle, and sheer remoteness made for difficult and dramatic exploration. Among the Islands is full of fascinating creatures—monkey faced bats, giant rats, gazelle-faced black wallabies, and more—and the adventure of discovery. This is an idea read for anyone who has ever imagined voyaging to the ends of the earth to uncover and study the rare and the wonderful.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802121820
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 11/12/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Tim Flannery is a scientist, explorer and conservationist. He has published more than 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers and many books including The Future Eaters and the international bestseller The Weather Makers , which has been translated into more than 20 languages. He was named Australian of the Year in 2007.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 In the Realm of the Sunbird 11

1 Woodlark, the Wandering Isle 16

2 Arrival of the Snake Man 36

3 Alcester, the Lonely Isle 49

4 Goodenough Not Near Enough 57

5 Island of Lepers 76

Part 2 Bismarck's Isles 85

6 Manus 90

7 New Ireland, and Travelling in Time 100

Part 3 The Solomon Islands 113

8 Guadalcanal: Emperor, King and Little Pig 122

9 Probing towards the Summit 136

10 Makira's Mysterious Rat 148

11 Malaita 159

12 The Face Never Seen 169

13 Poncelet's Giant and the Last Great Forest 180

Part 4 Fiji and New Caledonia 189

14 Bats at the Limit 195

15 Fiji's Garden Isle 204

16 Nouvelle Calédonie 214

17 The Mystery of Mont Panié 224

Afterword 233

References 237

Index 239

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