How does a young city solicitor end up as the People's Lawyer of the fourth-smallest country in the world, 11,000 miles from home?
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. Housed in a filthy, humid bunker, Philip learns to deal with the heat, rain, murders, incest, recalcitrant islanders, bizarre constitution and the unforgivable crime of pig theft, along the way realising that you never look a shark the eye or ask the octogenarian Tuvaluan cheif why he sits immobilised by a massive rock permanently lodged in his groin.
In this hilarious dramatic and insightful book, Philip Ells describes with self-depracating wit the collision between himself and the Pacific Islanders' sometimes extraordinary behaviour.show more