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Coconut Wireless: a novel of love, life and South Pacific gossip
 
 

Coconut Wireless: a novel of love, life and South Pacific gossip [Kindle Edition]

Nicola Baird
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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What happens when a young Solomon Islands man and a cynical London girl step out of their comfort zones? Find out in "Coconut Wireless", a novel about love, life and gossip in the South Pacific.

When Suzy overhears her on-off boyfriend Dan flirting with another girl she decides to quit her London job and take up a maths teaching post as a VSO on an island in the South Pacific. Yet again she discovers that nothing is quite what it seems to be.

At first Suzy feels like a big fish in a small pond, whereas Henderson, a charming young islander, is uneasily finding his feet in the big city - but somehow both their lives are forever changed by one chance meeting.

It's not just a love story that keeps you guessing until the end - there's also the chance to learn about life in Honiara, the bustling capital of Solomon Islands as Suzy acclimatises to heat, mosquitoes and serious humidity. Enjoy meeting a cast of island characters including clever Stella who has to find a way to protect herself, and her children, and the old Malaitan woman Anna who grew up during world war two, and their nemesis: an MP with an eye on making enough cash to buy Ozzie beachfront real estate.

This cracking story of star-crossed destinies mixes magic and the everyday with a tropical south seas backdrop. You don't get that sort of weather in the "Twilight" series!

"Coconut Wireless" is the perfect read if you loved novels such as "One Day" by David Nicholls, The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith or anything by Marian Keyes, or non-fiction books such as "Pies & Prejudice"; "Solomon Time" by Will Randall or "Castaway" & "Faraway" by Lucy Irvine.

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Half of any money raised by sales of "Coconut Wireless" will be given to support projects working with Solomon Islands women and children. If I hadn't made this promise I'd be offering "Coconut Wireless" to you for free...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 408 KB
  • Publisher: Nicola Baird; November 2010 edition (31 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004BLK60S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #196,343 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hi, I'm Nicola Baird, a city-based environmental journalist/author and mum of two young children. I've written seven published books including the best selling "Save Cash & Save the Planet" (Collins, co-written, 2005) and "Homemade Kids: thrifty, creative and eco-friendly ways to raise children" (Vermilion, 2010). You can see my blogs at http://aroundbritainnoplane.blogspot.com and also www.homemadekids.co.uk.

For surprising insights into eco-lifestyles, read the romantic comedy, "There's a Hippo in my Cistern", written by my football-obsessed husband (and brilliant, funny writer) Pete May (Collins, 2008).

"Coconut Wireless: love, life and gossip in the south pacific" is my first e-novel (2010). It is set in Solomon Islands where I worked as a VSO journalist trainer from 1990-1992. Half of any money produced by "Coconut Wireless" will be given to support projects working with Solomon Islands women and children. I regret this a bit now - if I hadn't made this promise I'd be offering "Coconut Wireless" to you for free...

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coconut wireless - a really good read 26 Nov 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Funny and engaging - even though Coconut Wireless tackles some dark parts of life including domestic violence and political corruption.
A really good read, I loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tales of the City...South Pacific style 14 Dec 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I don't normally go in for chick-lit - nevermind travel books. But the funky appealing home spun cover somehow got me intrigued enough to click on the 1 Click button. Is that a Kindle cover I spy in the background?

Within 30 seconds it was carried over the wireless - no coconuts involved - onto my Kindle. I still can't get over this dangerously addictive feature of the Kindle. If you are jonesing for a new read and can't wait for the post - there is nothing to beat it.

20 minutes later I was transported to a few tiny specs in the South Pacific - the Solomon Islands.

Nicola's rich attention to dialogue, character, period and place mirrors the love and affection of Armistead Maupin's early Tales in the City books. And it's populated by an equally wide range of strangely wonderful but not always likeable characters too: there's Henderson - the country boy who wants to taste all that big city life in the Solomon Islands can offer; Suzy - the London city girl who's run away to escape a cheating boyfriend; the MP - a local politician who treats his seemingly inexhaustable supply of government jeeps nearly as badly as his wife; Stella - his young spouse looking for a way out and Anna - the local wise woman with a slightly shaky past.

A sly gentle humour infuses the book in a way I haven't experienced since reading the Ladies Detective Agency. It has the potential to do for the Solomon Islands what Alexander McCall's series did for Botswana: make you fall in love with - and get under the skin of - a country, its culture and its people without really knowing it. It's not a rose tinted view though - the author's obvious deep affection for Solomons doesn't stop her characters looking at it with more critical eyes from time to time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love and Life in the South Pacific 27 Nov 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the only novel I've read set in the Solomon Islands. I know Nicola and told her that one part of the story just isn't credible. She laughed and said, "but that bit about the registered letter I nicked from real life - all the rest is imaginary". Coconut Wireless is a real page turner and a great way to find out about life in the sunny South Pacific. Beat the chilly winter blues and transport yourself to life in the South Seas.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Winter relief 27 Nov 2010
By Sally
Format:Kindle Edition
An entertaining read that transports you to the tropics. Nicola really understands the culture and society of the Solomon Islands and her writing, as always, is lively and enjoyable.
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