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Tales & Rhymes from a Paradise Island - Kindle Edition
by Hilary Roots (Author)

Book Tales rhymes paradise island

Ever dreamt of living on a South Pacific island?

Let brother and sister, Nini and Lolo, take you there where the sun mostly shines and the sky's mostly blue. Discover their lives through short stories and meet wondrous land and sea creatures in verse :
a strange bird that barks,
a marine inhabitant older than a dinosaur,
a dangerous fish that makes good eating …

All this and more in Tales and Rhymes from a Paradise Island. Pages to read by yourself or for parents and grandparents to share with younger ones. Step into another world.
Have fun.

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* New Caledonia - Travel Survival Kit, Lonely Planet, Australia

* Vanuatu & New Caledonia - Lonely Planet Australia

See: Viva Book Australia

Book Vanuatu & New Caledonia

* They Came for Sandalwood, Dorothy Shineberg Melbourne University Press.
    * Author of this site, Hilary Roots, is also the author of two small works published by ETT Imprint, Sydney, Australia :  a travel memoir of life, love and death, linking two of the most beautiful islands in the Southern Hemisphere - Isle of Pines and Bali,
* One Rose in Bali, (2022) and *Papaya (2023). The latter unveils the virtues of this tropical and sub-tropical ‘fruit of the angels’ and presents 70 recipes using the often little-known fruit/vegetable.

Both are available for purchase through Booktopia, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Book One Rose in Bali

    Book Papaya
In search of historical information

Hilary Roots, has lived on the island since 1975. Journalist by trade, she continues her research and writing about her adopted island.

She’s interested in the handful of women convicts who were deported to Isle of Pines from France (1872-1880) along with 3000 male political deportees from the uprising of the Paris Commune. She would like to find letters, photos and any other information concerning these convict women, as well as the 50 or so other women who voluntarily joined their husbands in exile.

Hilary is also keen to find material concerning the 20 or so convicts who opted to go to Australia or New Zealand, following their amnesty in 1879/80, rather than return to France.

Contact the author by e-mail :

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