Still Short of a Few Books

I knew from the beginning it would be a real challenge, because there are several countries with only one or two books and authors. I was lucky enough to find quite a few of these books along the way, but as I feared, the small island countries in the Pacific would create some problems. They did.

I still need to read a book from Kiribati, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Salomon Islands, Nauru and the small African country Sao Tome and Principe. Sao Tome and Principe does not seem to have a single book translated into the English, so I will have to read the book in Portuguese, whenever I get ahold of a book.

I am looking for the following books:

Kiribati – Waa in Storms or On Eitei’s Wings by Teweiariki Teaero

Nauru – Stories from Nauru or Legends, Traditions, and Tales of Nauru

Salomon Island – The Alternative by John Saunana

Sao Tome and Principe – Book by Olinda Beja

Tuvalu – Tuvalu, a History by Simati Faaniu

Vanuatu – Laef Blong Mi, From Village to Nation by Sethy Regenvanu

I enjoyed this challenge, and I have decided to post some blog posts about books I read from around the world. I will also look into other areas and regions, like autonomous places like Greenland, Gibraltar, and Reunion Islands. Let’s see how it goes!

2 thoughts on “Still Short of a Few Books

  1. I lived in Kiribati in my teens and am a member of their UK Facebook group so have reposted your plea for the book. If you can’t get it, I E Butler wrote ‘Ghost Stories and other island tales’ about his time when he was working on the islands. It’s available through Amazon ISBN 9781500505929. The author Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife lived there at some point, as did Arthur Grimble wi wrote the famous ‘A Pattern of Islands’.


  2. Dear Blogger,
    I have got many books from the countries you are still looking for, but I don’t want to part with them.
    If you want I can make an exception for this book from Sao Tome in Portuguese. I have read it and my Portuguese is limited.
    Let me know and I will send it to you. Good luck.
    Kind regards
    Mark Overbeeke
    Secretary Netherlands Kiribati Friendship Association.

    This is a response from the Kiribati Tungaru Association Facebook page where I reposted your appeal for books.

    If you can’t make contact with Mark, let me know and I’ll see if so can help.


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