Where the Hell Is Tuvalu? How I Became the Law Man of the

Where the Hell Is Tuvalu? How I Became the Law Man of the World's Fourth Smallest Country How does a young City lawyer end up as the People's Lawyer of the fourth smallest country in the world 18000 kilometres from homeWe've all thought about getting off the treadmill turning life on its head and doing something worthwhile Philip Ells dreamed of turuoise seas sandy beaches and palm trees and he found these in the tiny Pacific island state of Tuvalu But neither his Voluntary Service Overseas briefing pack nor his legal training could prepare him for what happened thereHe learned to deal with rapes murders incest the unforgivable crime of pig theft and to look a shark in the eye But he never dared ask the octogenarian Tuvaluan chief why he sat immobilised by a massive rock permanently resting on his groinWell you wouldn't would youThis is the story of a UK lawyer colliding with a Pacific island culture The fallout is moving dramatic bewildering and often hilarious

10 thoughts on “Where the Hell Is Tuvalu? How I Became the Law Man of the World's Fourth Smallest Country

  1. says:

    For a book that according to Worldcat cannot be found in a single library in the US this isn’t half bad It’s another memoir from an expat on a Pacific Island; I read it shortly after the much popular Sex Lives of Cannibals and liked it a bit better Troost is a better storytelle

  2. says:

    Philip Ells was a lawyer in London and he was burnt out  He decided to escape his high pressure job by volunteering with Voluntary Service Overseas  He was sent to Tuvalu to be the People's Lawyer  That job is basically serving as a defense attorney for anyone who needs one  Ther

  3. says:

    Where the Hell is Tuvalu? describes the two and a bit years Ells spent working as the People's Lawyer or the People's Liar as came to be known in the world's 4th smallest independent nation during the mid 1990's Focusing on his job and ex pat life among the Tuvaluans Ells self depreca

  4. says:

    Are you a lawyer thinking of a career change? Why not volunteer to be the People's Lawyer in Tuvalu? Your experience sadly will be completely unlike Philip Ells because we are in a technological age now and when PE went to Tuvalu 1993 1994 he was heavily reliant on irregular boats brin

  5. says:

    This book was a great insight into life in a completely different part of the world Kiribati as well as Tuvalu and one not influenced by the outside world very much Philip Ells writing style didn't work for me and didn't see the wit mentioned on the cover or on reviews but it also didn

  6. says:

    Well written and surprisingly entertaining and informative read recounting the experiences of a young British lawyer doing 2 years voluntary service in Tuvalu in the 90's It highlights the struggle between customary village justice and the forces of post colonial law Well worth a read as

  7. says:

    Of all the wryly humorous memoirs about White Boys Traveling to Exotic Places ™ this is one of them It's a fairly forgettable book a year on I have forgotten all of the details both major and minor but as far as I remember sometime in the early to mid 90s Philip Ells headed off as a vol

  8. says:

    Allow me to address this book in one sentence You became the lawman by signing up for a UK version of the Peace Corps when you were 23 That hardly gives you insight into telling others how to uit the rat race nor does it make a good story You went somewhere exotic that few have traveled to

  9. says:

    The author volunteered his skills to the population of the tiny island of Tuvalu He has a pleasant narrative style but he rambles too much like that really interesting nice chap you spent a pleasant couple of hours listening to at the pub but don't want to spend any time with

  10. says:

    Interesting look at the practice of law in Tuvalu mostly domestic violence and to a lesser estent of Kiribati loads of rapes

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