paradiseAuthor: Roger J Burke
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 978-1502474759

Some 20 years in the making, Another Fool’s Paradise tells the story of 19-year-old Roger Burke who, in 1961, got the job of a lifetime, Cadet Patrol officer – or kiap – in Papua New Guinea.

Carrying out patrols through East New Britain, Mr Burke encountered the harsness and humour of colonial administration while investigating murders and suicides, as well as experiencing earthquakes, tropical diseases and the changes Papua New Guinea was experiencing at the time.

“In sum, this is not a story of history about Papua New Guinea,” he writes.

“It’s an accurate and revealing account of an awkward, idealistic youth attempting to adapt to and survive in his first two-year term as a stranger in a strange land.”

“In doing so, my peers and I were lucky enough to witness, and participate in, the time when the Territory of PNG was on the threshold of becoming a nation in its own right. From that perspective, it was indeed a privilege to be associated with that process: we were all young cadets on a grand adventure, never to be repeated.”