This excerpt from Lonely Planet’s South Pacific guide provides a selection of literature to get you in the mood for your trip.
There are many excellent books that have been published about the Pacific.
Pin this image Vaka: Saga of a Polynesian Canoe (Sir Thomas Davis) The former Cook Islands Prime Minister tells a story of a canoe that sailed the ocean for 300 years – a fascinating exploration of Polynesian culture and history.
Pin this image Song of the Solomons: Faultlines in the South Pacific (E Hunt Augustus) A fast-paced and excellent novel set against the WWII Battle of Guadalcanal.
Pin this image 30 Days in the South Pacific: True Stories of Escape to Paradise (edited by Sean O’Reilly et al) A lively anthology of travel writing in the Pacific isles.
Pin this image Typee (Herman Melville) This and its sequel Omoo were Melville’s first forays into the ripping yarns of South Seas whalers, and both much more successful in his lifetime than Moby Dick.
Pin this image The Fatal Impact: The Invasion of the South Pacific 1767–1840 (Alan Moorehead) An acclaimed book on the impact of colonialism. Critically assesses the havoc wreaked by early European explorers.
Pin this image Tales of the South Pacific, Rascals in Paradise and Return to Paradise ( James Michener) Famous collection of short stories dealing with life in the South Pacific from WWII onward.
More travel literature reading lists for other destinations can be found here.