BY DAVID WALL
My Life on Karkar Island - John Middleton with James Sinclair. ISBN: 978186333320, 367 pages b&w & col photos + maps. Published 2011 by Crawford House, PO Box 50, Belair SA 5052 $39.95 + $11.00 postage
THIS IS A TALE about the intriguing and interesting Middleton family told by its present senior member, Sir John Middleton.
It is a chronicle of the ups and downs of the Middletons and their habitat, Karkar Island, all started by Max, John’s father, last century and continuing with his children and grandchildren.
Sir John’s easy conversational style of writing coloured with the obvious amusement he has with the antics of human behaviour gives the reader rare insights into PNG’s colonial and post-colonial life.
Much of the book is documented oral history and the remarks and comments by James Sinclair create a historical framework that puts the lives of the Middletons in focus in a continually changing social and political situation in Papua New Guinea.
John, his son, extended the family’s influence beyond the confines of Karkar to the larger sphere of an emerging independent PNG. He’s received the accolades of a grateful nation.
But this book isn’t just a social history but an amusing read written by a gifted raconteur with a twinkle in his eye. Highly recommended.
Source: Deberigny Blog, 7 September