Fiji, and other island nations of the South Pacific, are little known except as destinations for tropical holidays in “paradise”. Through Fiji Islands Mysteries, I aim to portray these beautiful islands and their peoples in a more complex and realistic way.
For readers who want to learn more about Fiji, here are a few books and website links to get you started.
Thomas Williams, Fiji and the Fijians Vol 1, The Fiji Museum, Suva, Fiji, 1982.
First published in London in 1858, this insight into Fijian life in the mid-19th century is a classic of anthropology.
Rajendra Prasad, Tears in Paradise: A Personal and Historical Journey 1879-2004, Glade Publishers, NZ, 2004.
Prasad traces the story of the ethnic Indian people in Fiji.
Stewart Firth & Daryl Tarte, 20th Century Fiji: People Who Shaped This Nation, University of the South Pacific (USP), Fiji, 2001.
The Fiji Museum, Suva.
Information on the museum’s collections, research and conservation projects.
Dulcie Stewart’s blog “Fragmented Identities: the journey of a kailoma", documents her continuing research on the part-European people (kailoma) of Fiji.
Paddy Ryan, Fiji’s Natural Heritage, Exisle Publishing Ltd, Auckland, NZ, 2000.
A comprehensive scientific account for the general reader, with a wealth of great photographs.
Mamanuca Environment Society (MES)
Inspiring in itself, the MES website has useful links to similar groups in Fiji.
Mary Wallis, Life in Feejee: Five Years Among the Cannibals, The Fiji Museum, Suva, Fiji, 1983.
First published in 1851 in Boston, Wallis observed first-hand the conflicts in Fiji in the 1840s.
Ian C. Campbell, Worlds Apart: A History of the Pacific Islands, Canterbury University Press N.Z., 2011.
This readable narrative traces the origins and subsequent history of Pacific islanders up to the present day.
A respected scholarly journal for Pacific area historical research.
Economy and society
Islands Business An influential regional magazine for the general reader.
A wide-ranging research journal for the social sciences, edited and produced by USP.
Official Website of Fiji Travel
More specialised information
You can’t do better than browse the catalogues of the
USP Library and
USP Book Centre where all the books listed here are available for purchase and worldwide shipment.