‘Wild Honey - a journey through Papua New Guinea’ by Kevin Glennon, ISBN 0-9757819-0-1, $39.95. Order at www.kevin-glennon.com/shop.html
THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL BOOK - you'd been mistaken to think of it as a coffee table special.
It is, in fact, a scintillating photo-essay. A series of breathtaking images from all corners of PNG, interspersed with poetry and quotations.
I don't know Kevin Glennon, but I thank him for this book which we picked up as a present for relatives at Jackson's Airport a few years ago.
The photographs are amazing - from a mist-covered Wahgi-valley panorama to four young girls fishing in a canoe off Madang.
Sure it has the usual run of PNG people in bilas, presumably shot at a singsing, but there are also some fantastic shots of birds, insects, beaches, volcanoes and Mt Wilhelm.
Travel with the author on an exciting journey through one of the world's most picturesque and extraordinary lands, Papua New Guinea, a land of Wild Honey. This book takes readers on a journey the length and breadth of the country.
From the isolated Min tribes that straddle the western border with Indonesia to the islands of the Bismarck Archipelago in the east. From the small coastal communities of Milne Bay Province in the south to the remote communities on the Ninigo Islands in the north.
If you want a book to open the eyes of people who have little understanding of the beauty, landscape and traditions of PNG, this is the one.
And 'wild honey' is such an apt description of PNG – a land that is sweet but untamable. (A bit like a PNG meri).
Kevin is based in Cairns, Far North Queensland, and continues to work and travel in Papua New Guinea.