Wheelers Books

The Rising Tide: Among the Islands and Atolls of the Pacific Ocean

The Rising Tide: Among the Islands and Atolls of the Pacific Ocean
 

An insightful account of the personal, societal and cultural experiences at the centre of the climate change crisis in the Pacific islands.

Usually ships 6-12 working days – This title is in stock at publisher

Quick Reference

ISBN 9781743793077
Barcode 9781743793077
Published 1 June 2019 by Hardie Grant Books
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Bamforth, Tom
Availability In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days

... view full title details below.

Buy Now

  • $32.99 Retail price
  • $26.39 Wheelers price
  • You save $6.60!
Add to Basket Add to Wishlist

Full details for this title

ISBN-13 9781743793077
ISBN-10 1743793073
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Hardie Grant Books
Imprint Hardie Grant Books
Publication Date 1 June 2019
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Bamforth, Tom
Category Area / Regional Studies
Social Sciences
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Pasifika
Australian
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 272
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Social Studies: General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 995
Catalogue Code 985334

Description of this Book

Vanuatu. The Cook Islands. Fiji. The names evoke white-sand beaches, swaying palms and lazy holidays. But in reality, these idyllic places are tropical maelstroms of global realpolitik, caught between the world's superpowers, former colonial masters and tin-pot despots. Collectively the Pacific nations, which form one third of the globe's surface area, are one of the most strategically important regions in the world - for military might, for energy security and geopolitical borders. Even more importantly, these nations are at the frontline of climate change, as rising sea levels, salinity, cyclones and pollution put their very existence at stake. Using his extensive personal experience in the Pacific, Tom Bamforth shows us the people of the islands, their cultures and how they live in these remote and increasingly challenging places. From uprisings in New Caledonia to tsunamis in Tonga, this is a book about interaction, race, colonisation, climate change, nuclear testing, resistance, cultural preservation, urban life, the tastiness of well roasted pig, and the pleasures of canoeing at dusk. It is sometimes said that the Pacific is to the contemporary world what the Mediterranean was to the ancients and what the Atlantic was to the twentieth century. The Rising Tide, then, is a journey into the ocean of the future. With humour and insight, Tom Bamforth presents both an insider's and an outsider's view of life in the Pacific, rendered in vivid detail and colour. Gripping and beautifully written, The Rising Tide masterfully weaves the stories of people at the forefront of global change around a broader narrative of political mismanagement, culture, diplomacy and identity.

^ top

Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

There are no reviews for this title.

^ top

Author's Bio

Tom Bamforth is an aid worker and writer. He has worked in humanitarian response and international development since 2005 when he was caught in the Pakistan earthquake while on an archeological tour of the North West Frontier Province, and he has worked and travelled extensively in the Pacific since 2008. His writing has appeared in Granta, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Island, The Age, and Guardian. He is the author of Deep Field: Dispatches from the Frontlines of Aid Relief (Hardie Grant 2014). www.tombamforth.com

^ top