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Pandanus Books, 2001-2006, Papua New Guinea, Asia and the Pacific (click heading to reach)

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Pandanus Books 2001-2006

Asia and the Pacific

What they say about Pandanus Books

Samurai in the Surf

by Joe Hajdu    Winner of the NSW Premier's Regional History Prize

'Gold Coast and the power of the yen'

'Joe Hajdu, author of Samurai in the Surf, a history of Japanese investment on the Gold Coast,  believes the nature of Japanese investment fundamentally changed the region south of Brisbane.

 ''Having the Japanese there on the coast gave them an overseas investment base for the first time,'' he said. ''They expected the best; they were au fait  with places like Hawaii and California, and they expected the same on the Gold Coast...There were older people...who felt that what the Japanese didn't get with tanks and guns during the War, they were getting now with cheque books.'''

The Australian, 3 March 2005


Journeys in a Small Canoe

by Lloyd Maepeza Gina, edited by Judith A. Bennett and Khyla J. Russell

'Lloyd Maepeza Gina was selected the first speaker of the National Parliament in 1978, the year the Solomon Islands gained  political independence from Britain... the large body of knowledge exhibited by the author...narrated with depth, clarity and originality—is something the serious and cross-cultural-minded reader will not want to miss...for readers looking for an autobiograph y free of supercilious and pompous jargon, one instead narrated from the heart with humility and simplicity, this one qualifies with high marks. '

Journal of the Polynesian Society 114 (1) March 2005         


Speight of Violence

Inside Fiji's 2000 Coup

by Michael Field, Tupeni Baba and Unaisi Nabobo-Baba 

'Fiji illustrates the South Pacific's "hell in paradise" theme vividly with its two coups in 1987 (led by Sitiveni Rabuka) and the even worse misfortunes of the Chaudhry Government in May 2000 at the han ds of the notorious George Speight. This book seeks to shed light on the violent overthrow of Fiji's elected government by Speight and his gang of armed thugs. It does so by offering three "voices", each narrating the events from an individual perspective... The central aim of the book is to ask whether Speight was acting of his own accord or as a front for more sinister forces in Fijian society...Speight of Violence  is a wake-up call to the international community. The South Pacific is rapidly becoming a new "heart of darkness".'

Australian Book ReviewOctober 2005


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What they say about Pandanus Books


Day of Reckoning

by Lachlan Strahan 

shortlisted for the NSW Premier's History Award

 'Lachlan Strahan...has written a revealing book about a court case that began with some Chinese labourers beating up a Melanesian on an American military base on Manus Island in 1948. The case eventually wound up in the High Court of Australia in a jurisdictional battle involving Australia, China and the United States... Day of Reckoning examines how Australia tried to re-establish its authority and the rule of law in PNG after the end of World War II.'

Sean Dorney, interviewing the author on Radio Australia, 27 February 2006


'At the end of World War II, the Americans had millions of dollars of army surplus equipment lying around the Pacific . They sold $800 million of equipment on Manus Island, which had recently returned to Australian administration, to the Chinese Nationalists. T ension between Australian administrators, the Chinese contractors and Manus people exploded when four Chinese beat and tortured a 15-year-old Islander. It became a major inte rnational issue of jurisdiction...meticulously researched...a fascinating insight into racism, international politics and the Australian administration of Papua New Guinea immediately after World War  II.'

Bruce ElderThe Sydney Morning Herald, 30 December 2005


'The cases take place in four places: Lae, Kaiapit, Manus and Morotai...The book is not so much about these crimes as about the wider circumstances of post-War Asia-Pacific international relatio ns...Lachlan Strahan...teases out the nuances and implications of these cases, while giving what can only be called "thick description" of the events. The court material has enabled an incredibly detailed text to emerge, in which every minute twist and turn is followed  in an almost forensic way...like a good detective story, it is worth persevering until the end where many emerging themes are tied together, and there is a quite fascinating update on the histories of  the various officials involved...a strength of the book is the international and diplomatic perspective that links through to a nervous Australia making sure that its sovereignty is upheld in New Guinea, against the bullying of the American Allies , within a context of emerging relations with China, the Philippines and Indonesia...Lachlan Strahan has managed to get under the colonial skin of the 1940s and provide us with a broad, but often quite indirect, analysis of both international politics, diplomacy and human behaviour, as well as providing a close vie w of legal processes, which emerge reassuringly strong.'

Clive Moore, History Australia 3 (1), 2006


'Dr Strahan has written a voluminous account of administrative negotiations from local to Embassy level, court room conflicts and cross-cultural clashes in a place and period rarely examined...fifty-eight years after [these events] readers will observe that the country was then being run by a handful of overworked staff who certainly didn't need problems with international ramifications. Yet within ten years a  functioning Public Service had been created of which most members could be modestly proud.'

J.B. Toner, Una Voce, March 2006



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Pandanus Books

Media 2006



Venom by Dorothy Horsfield


Preview of 2006 books, The Weekend Australian , 31 December-1 January


Author profile, ACT Writers' Centr Newsletter, February 


Interview, Stateline , ABC TV, Canberra, 4 March 26, 2006


Interview, AB C Radio, Canberra, 30  March


Review, Virginia Cook, Books  program, ABC Radio Canberra, 30  March


Review, The  Weekend Australian , 4-5 March


Review The Canberra Times , 11 March


Review, The Courier-Mail , 25 March


Review, Gleebooks Gleaner,  April


Mark Riley's Diary,  Sunrise, Channel 7, 2  April


Interview, Margaret Throsby, ABC Classic FM, 27 April


Interview, ABC Radio Perth, Afternoon


Review, Good Reading Maga zine, June


Review, API Review of Books,  July




Strike by David Campbell, edited  by John Thompson


Feature, The Queensland News , March


Interview, ABC Radio Adelaide, for Anzac Day


Interview, Warren Boland, ABC Radio Statewide, for Anzac Day


Review, The  Weekend Australian, 1-2 April


Serialised on The Book Reading , ABC Radio National, from May




Born of the Sun by Gerald Walsh


Review, The Bulletin , 31 January 


Discussion, Radio 2GB, 27 January


Review, The Wesleyan , and Radio 2GB, January


Interview, Pe ter Goers, ABC Radio Adelaide, 15 February 


Article and give-away, The Queensla nd Times, 22 F ebruary 


Review, The Courier-Mail , March


Review, The Canberra Times , 4 March 2006


Interview, Mark Darko, ABC Hobart, March


Review, International Journal of  History of Sport , forthcoming


Review, Sport in History , forthcoming


Review, Aust ralian Book Review , April


Review, Townsville Bulletin , 5 May




Sunday Menu by Pham Thi Hoai, translated by Ton That Quynh Du


Announcement of launch and news item, Tivi Tua nsan Vietnamese newspaper,



Launch notice, SBS Radio, Sydney


Nhan Quyen  Vietnamese newspaper


Review, Dan Duffy, Vietnamese Literature Project discussion group Website, USA


Review, Journal of Vietnamese Studies,  California


Interview, Radio Austr alia, April


Interview with Peter Mares, The Book Show , ABC Radio National, April


Review, Aus tralian Book Review, May




Shadow Thief by Marion M. Campbell


Review, Gleebooks Gleaner,  May


Review, Wet Ink , May


Review, The Sydney Morning Herald 3-4  June


Review, API Review of Books , 19 June


Review, The Bulletin,  20 June


Review, The W est Australian , 1 July


Review, The Age,  15 July


Panel discussion from the Melbourne Writers' Festival, The Book Show

ABC Radio National, September



Survival and Change : Three Generations of Balinese Painters by Christopher Hill


Article, ARTCO , Taiwan


Article, Australian Art Review


Interview, Radio Australia, May



Noble Sindhu Horses by Lynette Chataway


Review, Wet Ink,  Spring 2006 [plus earlier coverage]



The Hmo ng of Australia: Culture and Diaspora

by Nicholas Tapp and Gary Yia Lee


Review, T he Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology  [plus earlier coverage]


See the Road Well: Shaping East Timor's Frontier  by Neil Sugget


Review and discussion, Radio 2GB, 6 January 




Sing me that lovely song again... by Helga Griffin


Review, ABC Radio, Canberra, 24 April


Interview, Karen James, ArtsSound FM, 2 May


Interview, Joseph Thomsen, ABC Goulburn Murray, 4 May


Review, Wet Ink , May


Articles, Tatura Guardian , 2 May, 16 May


Review, Euroa Gazette,  9 May


Articles and interviews, Shepparton News , 5 May, 18 May


Extracts from book used on  Shepparton News Website


Interview, Jon Faine, The Conversation Hour , ABC Radio, Melbourne, 23 May


Interview with John Cleary, ABC Radio National, 8 June


Interview with Phillip Adams, Late Night Live , ABC Radio National, 27 June


Interview,  Encounter, ABC Radio National, forthcoming


Feature, Stateline , ABC TV, 1 July


Plus events in  Shepperton, Tatura, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane



The Grasshopper Shoe  by Carolyn Leach-Paholski


Discussion, The Book Show , ABC Radio National, 2 8 March


Review, Australian Book Review , December 2005-January 


The Book Reading, ABC Radio National , November


Review, Wet Ink , Spring 2006 [plus earlier cover age]


Time and Chance by Siri Ranawake


Review, Gleebooks Gleaner,  April


Interview, Radio  Australia, 5 April


Interview, SBS Radio, 28 April


Launch notice, The Sydney Morning Herald , 29 April


Interviews and launch coverage, Sri Lanka Weekly , Channel 31 T V, 5 May



Dance of the Nomad: A Study of the Selected Notebooks of A.D. Hop by Ann McCu lloch


Review, The Weekend Australian,  29-30 October 2005


Review, The Age,  5 November 2005


Review, Australian Book Review , December 2005-January 


Discussion, T he Book Show , ABC Radio National, 31 January 


Review, The Canberra Times , 18 February


Review,  The Sydney Morning Herald, March


Review, Eureka Street , March-April 2006


Review, Times Literary Supplement,  19 May



High Wire by Adrian Caesar


Review, The T imes Literary Supplement     


Review, Australian Book Review , April



Remnants by Nigel Fe atherstone


Review, Wet Ink , 5 April [plus earlier coverage]



Speight of Violence by Michael Field, Tupeni Baba and Unaisi Nabobo-Baba

Discussion over an hour, Radio  2GB, 20 February [plus 2005 coverage]


Suburban Anatomy  b y Penelope Layland


Shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize,

NSW Premier's Literary Awards


Review, The Canberra Times , 4 February 


Review, Australian Book Review , February 2006 


Readings an discussion, The Book Show , ABC Radio National, 4 April


Review, Phil Brown,  The Brisbane News , 4 April


Review, API Review of Books , July

[plus 2005 coverage]



Day of Reckoning by Lachlan Strahan


Shortlisted for the NSW Premier's History Award


Intervi ew, Phil Kafcaloudes, Radio Australia, 1 December2005


Interview, Sean Dorney, Radio  Australia, 27 February


Review, The Age,  January 


Review, The Sydney Morning Herald 30 December 2005


Review, Una Voce , March


Review, The Canberra Times , 30 September


Review, Islands Business , Suva, October


Review, History Aus tralia 3 (1), 2006



Kanaky  by Jean-Marie Tjibaou


Interview with Helen Fraser, translator, and launch coverage, Jemima Garrett, Radio Australia


Review, The Canberra Times , 25 February


Interv iews  with Helen Fraser, Late Night Live , ABC Radio National, 28 March , 20 April



A Trial Separation: Australia and the Decolonisation of Papua New Guinea

by Donald Denoon

Shortlisted for The Age  Book of the Year


Review, Australian Book Review , March 2006


Interview, Peter Mares, The National Interest,  ABC RadioNational, 15 October

[plus 2 005 coverage] 



Remembering Papua New Guinea: An Eccentric Ethnography

by William C. Clarke


Review, The Contemporary Pacific  18 (1) 2006 [plus earlier coverage]



Art and Social Change: Contemporary Art in Asia and the Pacifi c

edited by Caroline Turner


Review, Journal of the Polynesian Society  2005  [plus 2005 coverage]



Peeling Apples by Tessa Morris-Suzuki


Review, Australian Book Review , May



Windchimes: Australian  Accounts of Asia in Poetry

edited by Noel Rowe and Vivian Smith


Review, Gleebook s Gleaner,  July


Review, Australian Book Review , September


Review, Times Literary Supplement



The Changing South Pacific 

edited by Serge Tcherkezoff and Francoise Do uaire-Marsaudon


Review, Times Literary Supplement



The Tread of a White Man's Foot  by Jane Landman

Asia-Pacific Focus, ABC TV


Political Parties in the Pacific Islands

edited by Roland Rich with Luke Hambly and Michael Morgan


Keith Suter Comments, Radi o 2GB and Wesley Mission Website



Bougainville before the conflict

edited by Anthony J. Re gan and Helga M. Griffin


Review, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute  12



Too Much, Too Soon

by Stephanie Green


Interview with Elaine Harris, ABC Radio Burni e, 17 August


Reading from book, ArtsSound FM, Canberra, 19 September


Review, Austral ian Bookseller and Publisher, September


Review and author comment, Gleebooks Website


Review, Hobart Mercury


Review, The Canberra Times , 7 October


Review,  The Australian , 4-5 November


Review, The Age 11 November


Review, Times Literary Su pplement



The Patrician and the Bloke

by John Thompson


Review, Stephen Holt, 4 October


Keith Suter Comments, Radio 2GB and Wesley Mission Website


Review, The  Canberra Times,  14 October


Interview, ABC Adelaide, 14 November


Review, The  Age, 25 November


Review, Th e Weekend Australian , 25-26 November


Review, Australian Book Review,  December 2006-January 2007



The Voice of the Thunderer: Journalism of H.G. Kipp ax

selected and introduc ed by Harry Heseltine


Review, Gleebooks Gleaner,  September 


Interview, Valerie Lawson,  The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 October


Interview, Phillip Adams, Late Night Live , 22 November


Interview, ABC Adelaide, 29 November


Interview, ABC Sy dney, 7 December


Interview, ArtsSound FM, Canberra




by Brij V. Lal


Discussion, Radio 2GB, 6 November



My Dearest Brown Eyes

edited by Nancy Lutton


Article, Gold Coast Bulletin,  3 November


Discussion, Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Channel 9  television.          Back to top

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