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Across the Magic Line : Growing up in Fiji

CollectionsANU Pacific Institute
Title: Across the Magic Line : Growing up in Fiji
Author(s): Page, Patricia
Publisher: Canberra, ACT : Pandanus Books
Canberra, ACT : Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University.
As World War II drew ever closer to Fiji young Patsy Thomsett watched her world changing in front of her eyes. The governor in his splendid plumes was still there, as was the elderly lady who could remember the cannibal days. Indians and Fijians still lived in realtive harmony and the rituals of expatriate life continued almost unaltered. But more troubling times were already emerging.Half a century later, Patricia Page, a long-time resident of Paris returned to Fiji with her sister Gay to revisit the sites of the happiest days of her childhood, and also to meditate on the empire on which the sun never set at the other end of the world."In this beguiling memoir Patricia Page mingles past and present in ways that will speak eloquently to everyone and especially to those who once lived, like her, in a magical realm." - Andrew Riemer.


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