The remote South Pacific islands on which travel writer Maarten Troost’s hilarious accounts take place are already disappearing. One island’s inhabitants were being relocated to New Zealand four or five years ago.The most pertinent are “Getting stoned with savages” and “Sex lives of cannibals”. If you haven’t read any of his books I can guarantee that they are excellent on many levels, enlivened by self-effacing humor, and would brighten your winter. You’ll be reading sections aloud to friends or family. “Lost on planet China”, an account of a year spent there, is more sobering, and China’s oddities are jaw dropping.