The Rising Tide by Tom Bamforth | Hardie Grant Publishing

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


Vanuatu. Fiji. The Marshall Islands. 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 the struggle for independence and cultural survival. 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.

Based on his extensive travels in the Pacific, Tom Bamforth shows us the people of the islands, their cultures and their lives. 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.   

With humour and insight, Tom Bamforth presents both an insider’s and an outsider’s view of contemporary life in the Pacific. Rendered in vivid detail and colour, The Rising Tide masterfully weaves together the stories of Pacific peoples and politics at the forefront of global change.

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ISBN:

9781743793077

Format:

Paperback

Pages:

272

Dimensions:

23cm x 15cm

Weight:

370g

RRP:

£16.99

Category:

General Non-Fiction & Reference

Publisher:

Hardie Grant Books

Published:

08 August 2019

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Bamforth

Tom Bamforth is an aid worker and writer. He has worked in humanitarian response and international development with the Red Cross, International Organisation for Migration, and Norwegian Refugee Council since 2005 when he was caught in the Pakistan earthquake while on an archeological tour of the North West Frontier Province. His writing has appeared in Granta, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Island, The Age, and the Guardian. He is the author of Deep