Inside the Crocodile – The Papua New Guinea Journals by Trish Nicholson, Matador Books. $27.99
PAPUA New Guinea, which celebrates its 40th birthday this month, is a country that could do with a brand makeover.
Media reports from the country are hardly enticing - stories of utter misery from the Manus Island asylum seeker detention centre, lurid accounts of hikers getting hacked, terrifying descriptions of witchcraft, crime and sexual violence, and eye-watering tales of financial chicanery.
Every time I present myself at the check-in counter to travel to Port Moresby, airline staff give a look of sympathy.
Of course, slants likes this are only that - slants which do not tell the full story of life in Australia's nearest neighbour and its only ever colony.