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Inside the Crocodile: The Papua New Guinea Journals Paperback – 8 Jul 2015
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A fascinating, richly-composed look at life in Papua New Guinea. A Gold Medal Winner and highly recommended. --The Wishing Shelf Book Awards
About the Author
Dr Trish Nicholson, writer, social anthropologist and world traveller, has twenty years of experience of international development in the Asia Pacific. During her five years in the West Sepik province of Papua New Guinea, she served as Honorary Consul for the British High Commission.
Top Customer Reviews
Trish Nicholson writes memoirs like this. Her other books about Butan and the Philippines were fascinating and this one more than equals them.
We all hear and see through the media of television how people live in different parts of the world but back in the eighties to think of visiting such a place would never enter our head.
Trish broke the mould, she accepted a job in Papua New Guinea in a place called Sandaun. She brought order to the chaos that was the Department of Personal Management,obeyed the local customs and endeavoured to work around bureaucracy within the local government.
This is an adventure story too. Trish didn't just relax during her free time, she risked her life in small planes which sound like they were held together with blue tack to explore the surrounding islands. Walking across bridges made with vines which were fraying in the middle, swimming in rivers shared with crocodiles and shrugging off her repeated bouts of malaria as if they were the common cold. Each one of her adventures in the book is a story in its own right. You just never know whether she'll make it back to her home in Sandaun in one piece. The writing in this book is so descriptive that I felt I was walking alongside Trish frequently telling her not to get on that plane or cross that rickety old bridge.
I enjoyed reading about her work colleagues, Jim, Martha,Sinur, Clarkson and I fell in love with Jim's dog Frisbie. The local lanuague was mostly Pidgin which I had fun trying to work out what it meant but a glossary at the end of the book helped.Read more ›
In her task, I was often amazed at her ability to survive the mind-numbing procedural complexities combined with the sometimes petty and anarchic disregard for truth and transparency of those entrenched in the system. Fighting ongoing Malaria, dramas such as pay-back killings, vengeful jealousies and corrupt practices, it took more than Trish's strength to cope. Towards the end of her stay, she became dangerously ill with Malaria. Nevertheless, she builds wonderful friendships with her PNG colleagues and earns immense respect for her courage and pluck in tackling almost anything that comes her way. This includes a three day hike through dense and inhospitable bush that would have sent me scurrying for home about one hour into it, particularly the idea of crossing bridges made of rotting rope or vine over deep river gorges.Read more ›
Title: Inside the Crocodile: The Papua New Guinea Journals
Author: Trish Nicholson
Star Rating: 5 Stars
Number of Readers: 27
Of the 27 readers:
27 would read another book by this author.
25 thought the cover was excellent.
27 felt the pacing was excellent.
16 felt the best part of the book was the writing style.
11 felt the content was the best part of the book, in particular, the vast array of problems the author faced and how she resolved them.
‘A thoroughly fascinating story. I have never visited that part of the world but now I’d love to. The writing style was perfect for a book of this nature: light with an excellent balance of pace and descriptive prose.’ Female reader, aged 45
‘By far the best book in this year’s Wishing Shelf Book Awards. An intriguing look at life in Papua New Guinea from the POV of a development worker. The author’s love of the cultures and the characters she meets shows in her writing. I’d recommend this to anybody interested in travel and understanding life in a different and often difficult country.’ Male reader. Aged 38
‘The book starts so well with the crocodile and talks of sorcery. And, from there on, it keeps getting better. I was sad at the end when she left but the last line of the book made me smile. A lovely read, warm and packed full of cultural richness.’ Female reader, aged 57
‘A fascinating, richly-composed look at life in Papua New Guinea. A Gold Medal Winner and highly recommended.’ The Wishing Shelf Book Awards
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another great story from this author. A true story of adventure, excitement and danger, that makes me realise what a brave and resourceful lady this is. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Ernest Swain