Always a would-be writer, it wasn’t until Judith Hollinshed and her husband went to Papua New Guinea to grow coffee that she considered publication. She resigned reluctantly as correspondent for PNG’s daily newspaper when legislation required their plantation be returned to the original owners. Back in Australia, where she found employment as a PR consultant, her memoir was published before she ventured into fiction.
Papua New Guinea has very recently achieved independence and Australia is helping to organise the transition. This includes the transfer of lands—viable plantations—back into the hands of Papua New Guinean clans. But this is a tricky task, especially given the fact that few, if any, tangible records of traditional ownership exist.