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Grove Press
Grove Press
Grove Press

Among the Islands

Adventures in the Pacific

by Tim Flannery

Among the Islands exemplifies the sort of writing that was once commonplace, when adventure meant contributing to our knowledge of the world. Absolutely fantastic in every sense of the word.” —Colleen Mondor, Booklist (starred review)

  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Page Count 256
  • Publication Date November 12, 2013
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-2182-0
  • Dimensions 5.5" x 8.25"
  • US List Price $17.00
  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Publication Date November 06, 2012
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-9404-6
  • US List Price $17.00

About The Book

Tim Flannery is one of the world’s most influential scientists, praised for making “anthropology, geology, biology, and physics not only readable, but also understandable and interesting” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), and credited with discovering more species than Darwin. In Among the Islands, Flannery recounts a series of expeditions he made at the dawn of his career to the strange tropical islands of the South Pacific, a great arc stretching nearly four thousand miles, from the postcard perfection of Polynesia to some of the largest, highest, ancient, and most rugged places on earth.

Flannery was traveling in search of rare and undiscovered mammal species, but he found much more: wild, weird places where local taboos, foul weather, dense jungle, and sheer remoteness made for difficult and dramatic exploration. Among the Islands is informative—Flannery makes rare mammals fascinating—but like his classic Throwim Way Leg, it is as much about adventure and discovery as it is about the specimens. This is an ideal read for anyone who has ever imagined voyaging to the ends of the earth to uncover and study the rare and the wonderful.

Praise

“Australian field zoologist and conservationist Flannery cements his reputation as a true descendant of the great nineteenth-century naturalists and explorers with this look back at his expeditions to southwest Pacific islands. . . . Flannery’s prose is electric, aptly combining history, politics, and wide-eyed excitement as he recalls these experiences. . . . Among the Islands exemplifies the sort of writing that was once commonplace, when adventure meant contributing to our knowledge of the world. Absolutely fantastic in every sense of the word.” —Colleen Mondor, Booklist (starred review)

“A great zoologist . . . an irresistible author.” —Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs and Steel

“Flannery is not just an internationally acclaimed zoologist; he’s also an adventurer and storyteller who has discovered creatures no other human has seen. His latest record of exploration traces the beginnings of his career during the 1980s and takes him through more than a decade of study in remote islands of the South Pacific. . . . Flannery’s writing is generous and exuberant. His enthusiasm is enough to infect even the least science-minded of readers . . . A breathtaking, informative tour of faraway lands.” —Kirkus Reviews

“In [Flannery’s] chest beats the wayfaring heart of a discoverer, and in this book, which details his colorful adventures among the flora and fauna of the South Pacific Islands, he reminds us that even right here on Earth, incredible things are waiting to be known.” —Newsweek

“Flannery’s account pieces together the jigsaw puzzle of South Pacific geological, natural, and cultural history with well-grounded knowledge as well as respect and wonder for the natural world. We are lucky to have such an exuberant explorer to illuminate the intricate network of life in the South Pacific—and the perils and possibilities that life embodies on this precious planet we share.” —National Geographic Traveler (Book of the Month)

“Part travel diary and part field notebook, Among the Islands is a rollicking good adventure-science read—something like what you’d get if Charles Darwin starred in an Indiana Jones flick.” —Audubon Magazine

“A story told with Flannery’s signature clarity and lively readability. . . . this is scientific adventure-writing at its finest.” —Open Letters Monthly

“There is an eighteenth- or nineteenth-century explorer inside Tim Flannery, trying to get out. And doing a damn fine job of it too in this rather ripping yarn, which combines a passion for science with a zeal for adventure.” —Weekend Australian