Everyone dreams of ditching the rat-race, jumping off the treadmill, turning their life on its head and doing something worthwhile, but Philip Ells turned that fantasy into a reality. Imagining turquoise seas, sandy beaches and lush tropical trees, Ells flies off to the Pacific island state of Tuvalu armed only with his Voluntary Service Overseas briefing and his hopes of finding paradise. Nothing, however, could quite prepare him for the reality of life on Tuvalu. In this hilarious, dramatic and insightful book, Philip Ells describes with self-deprecating wit the collision between himself and the Pacific Islanders’ sometimes extraordinary behaviour.

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