British author Julian Evans has just published a revised Kindle edition of his 1993 travel book Transit of Venus. It comes with a preface by novelist Norman Lewis. Transit of Venus is one of a growing number of travel books and guides available in cheap and convenient electronic editions. Some are listed on MapSouthPacific.com. I’m eagerly awaiting the Kindle editions of my own books which my publisher says are in the pipeline.
Transit of Venus is bound to figure on anyone’s shortlist of classic travel books about the Pacific islands, alongside Paul Theroux’s The Happy Isles of Oceania, James A. Michener’s Return to Paradise, Tony Horwitz’s Blue Latitudes, and J. Maarten Troost’s The Sex Lives of Cannibals. Evans explores an island world strongly influenced by alien influences from Britian, France, the United States. By slow boat and island hopping jet, his journey stretches from colonial chic in New Caledonia to missleman suburbia on an American-occupied atoll in the Marshall Islands. It’s worth downloading.