Twilight in Kuta by David Nesbit

Twilight in Kuta explores love, loss and infidelity in present-day Indonesia from a number of perspectives: the bule (Caucasian) English teacher, the frustrated and cheating Indonesian wife, the mixed-race schoolgirl, the Javanese ex-soldier and the naive village girl desperate for love. Their stories intertwine throughout the book, and the various narrators offer different interpretations of […]

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Myth, Magic and Mystery in Bali by Jean Couteau

Myth, Magic and Mystery is a book of stories on the Bali’s origin myths, ancestor deities, spiritual obligations, ceremonies and rituals; healing arts; customary laws; love, marriage and family; death, the soul’s journey, reincarnation and the concept of heaven and hell. Grouped into four sections, each focusing on a particular aspect of Balinese life, culture […]

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Margaret Mead, Gregory Bateson and Highland Bali by Gerald Sullivan

In 1936 anthropologists Margaret Mead (1901-1978) and her husband, Gregory Bateson (1904-1979), moved to Bali and stayed for three years. Soon after their arrival, they retreated from the island’s lowlands, the focal point of scholarly and tourist activity, to the remote village of Bayung Gedé in Bali’s central highlands. Although they wrote relatively little about […]

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Far From Boring by Tony Gwilliam

During his childhood in war-time England, Tony Gwilliam learned to tell the difference between German bombers and fighters over the wailing, searchlight-streaked night skies of London. He vividly remembers Victory gardens, gas rationing books and the shrieks of air raid sirens. He also remembers the extreme frugality of post-war Britain where he first learned his […]

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Where Australia Collides with Asia by Ian Burnet

This ambitious, sweeping history surveys both the cataclysmic shifts of continents and also the lives of some of the world’s greatest scientist-explorers. The story, as told in the book’s Prologue, begins as the Australian land mass breaks away from Antarctica 50 million years ago – a gigantic raft of flora and fauna called Gondwanaland adrift […]

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Toraja by Nigel Barley

In 1985, Dr. Nigel Barley, then senior anthropologist at The British Museum, taught himself Indonesian and set off for the relatively unknown island of Sulawesi where he hoped to find unsullied cultures and unspoilt natives to study. Barley soon found plenty to wonder at and admire among the Toraja people, a remote hill tribe whose […]

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Floating Threads by Judi Achjadi

Floating Threads is devoted to explaining and illustrating the rich variety of supplementary float weave techniques – commonly known as songket – that are used to decorate cloth. This is the first truly encyclopedic survey of Indonesia’s least known and under-appreciated textile art. The book does not feature batik or ikat but only the enormous […]

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