Book review

The Coconut Wireless: A Travel Adventure in Search of the Queen of Tonga by Simon Michael Prior

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Simon is happily living in London with his lovely New Zealand girlfriend Fiona, when they realise that her visa will run out before too long and she will need to return home. They come up with a plan to travel there together and choose a flight that allows stopovers, as long as they continue to travel in the same westerly direction. What a great opportunity! They start saving.

They decide to stop in LA, and in Hawaii, but the highlight of their trip is time spent on islands in the Kingdom of Tonga, in Polynesia. They arrive to find that the people are charming, the fruit is delicious and the snorkeling and diving are amazing. We learn a lot about the history, local traditions and way of life, as they explore the islands. Simon’s memoir reflects their delightful naivety, and he recounts their adventures with honesty and humour. I could picture them there, dealing with the heat and persistent mosquitoes, whilst pursuing their ultimate quest – to see the Queen of Tonga.



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By helenstephensonauthor

Author of SIDNEY DELICIOUS: the memoir of a Spanish rescue dog

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