"... a genial well-observed book that insinuates itself into the affections." - Christopher Moore, New Zealand Listener, 2 August 2014
"... Hoskins has created a sensitively and very well written piece of work that strips away the surface layers of this microcosm of the world, simultaneously revealing both the gritty underbelly and, the raw promise of humanity as a whole. Hoskins holds no punches and it is this, combined with a style reminiscent of Steinbeck's, that leaves me eagerly awaiting his next offering." - Kate Pill
It’s December 1999, the cusp of a new millennium. The tiny Pacific Kingdom of Tonga will be first nation in the world to usher it in.
Vince Osbourne takes us there to see the sun set on the old and the dawn rise on the new. We discover much more.
In a time and place of old customs we see the gentle advance of the new. This Pacific paradise is home to a diverse group of human beings at this unique time. Our journey through many human exchanges – quirky, funny, and sad – accompanied by quotes from Hindu scripture echoes through the millennia and asks us what it is to be human in these dark times.
This book constantly entertains and delves beneath a fascinating surface to examine the quality of our age.
'Millennium—A Memoir' is a novella-sized slice of life travelogue that evokes the work of Ernest Hemingway.