Papua New Guinea is an extraordinary country from whichever viewpoint you look at it.  Historically, politically, geographically, geologically, culturally, aquatically, omithologically, or just plain touristically – it is astonishingly different.

From gold mines to coffee, from Huli wigmen to Trobriand cricketers, from Sepik canoes to Gulf lakatois, from birds of paradise to independently minded politicians, PNG is very special among developing nations.

The country’s variety and potential wealth enable it to take a particularly advantageous position amongst others on the Pacific rim.

Papua New Guinea has been an independent nation now for 20 years [at the time of publication].  This book records, with honesty and enthusiasm the progress made so far.