The Book

My travel memoir, Stealing With the Eyes is published by Haus Publishing (May 2018). The book has had a long gestation period—roughly a quarter of a century—so I am delighted to see it finally seeing the light of day. If you click the cover of the book to the right, you will be taken to my website where you can find out where to buy a copy.

Here’s the write-up from Haus’s website:

“Will Buckingham travelled to theTanimbar Islands in Indonesia as a trainee anthropologist to meet three remarkable sculptors: the disabled Matias Fatruan; the buffalo hunter Abraham Amwelwatin; and Damianus Masele, who was skilled in black magic, but who abstained out of Christian principle. Part memoir, part travel writing, Stealing with the Eyes is the story of these men, and also of how stumbling into a world of witchcraft, sickness and fever led Buckingham to question the validity of his anthropological studies, and eventually to abandon them for good. Through his encounters with these remarkable craftsmen, and through weaving together Tanimbarese history, myth and philosophy from ancient times, Buckingham shows us the forces at play in all of our lives: the struggle between the powerful and the powerless; the tension between the past and the future; and how to make sense of a world that is in constant flux.”

And here’s a nice blurb from Tim Hannigan, author of Raffles and the British Invasion of Java (Monsoon Books 2012) and A Brief History of Indonesia: Sultans, Spices, and Tsunamis (Tuttle Publishing 2015).

“A beautifully written evocation of a journey into the village communities of eastern Indonesia, and a remarkable meditation on the uneasy business of travelling to foreign lands in search of stories…”

The Amazon link to the book in the UK is here