"A fantastic travel book celebrating the 10,000 islands of the South Seas. This first-hand account of the people, cultures, and wildlife of the Pacific Islands combines a powerful story of personal achievement with an educational and engaging chronicle of these diverse regions."
Parker Liautaud, Environmental campaigner, journalist, polar explorer
"Captures the mood of remote places in a highly readable travel book."
Bear Grylls, Author, explorer, star of Man vs. Wild, Born Survivor and Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls.
"A keenly perceptive recognition of all the things a visitor to these islands might so easily miss and certainly shouldn't. "
Michael Campbell, Commodore, the Royal Yacht Squadron
"A literary world of Pacific characters living in paradisiacal lands."
Sir Ranulph Fiennes, serial explorer and author of many books.
"A very unusual and absorbing book, a fascinating insight into the history and ecology of these beautiful islands, the innocence and rich way of life of the Pacific islanders. Written with infectious enthusiasm and humor, it is great fun to read."
Nigel Wollen, Commodore, Royal Cruising Club
Protected uniquely by distance and time, Pacific islands are different. Islands without money, islands recently bloody with cannibalism and headhunting, villages outside the modern world, an ocean of dancing and singing. Where a whale tooth is necessary to marry, where money grows on trees. Island spirits, landscapes, the splendor of coral, the gift economy, Rayner denies that Earth has any better elixir for a world-weary reader. This is a tale of the turquoise lagoons and welcoming peoples of the South Seas that, for over two centuries, have radiated the appeal of paradise . .
A narrative of escape, populated by children of headhunters, paramount chiefs, crocodile hunters, weavers and woodcarvers, sorcerers, refugees from civilization, small island politicians and the ordinary farmers and fishermen of a hundred villages;
A contemporary essence of Pacific island culture, woven with back story and scraps of ocean life.