Shopping Cart
You have no items in your shopping cart.

Banfield, E. J.

E.J. Banfield, born in England in 1852, grew up in Australia. His journalism took him to Townsville, and the pressure of work took him to Dunk Island in the Great Barrier Reef, where he lived for twenty-five years with his wife Bertha. In 1908 The Confessions of a Beachcomber was published in London, becoming an international classic as its descriptions of island life intrigued people around the world.
Sort by

Confessions Of A Beachcomber

Picture of Confessions Of A Beachcomber
This has been celebrated by romantics the world over as everyone's ideal of living on a deserted tropical island. Today, its scientific detail of the area's unique beauty earns it a special place among naturalists. E.J. Banfield's classic account of Dunk Island within the Great Barrier Reef is reproduced here in this definitive edition of the 1908 text which includes all the original 53 illustrations. Humorous and anecdotal, philosophical and poetic, this is a delightful ode to a Paradise Found. An introduction by Banfield's biographer Michael Noonan sets the scene for the story of a man who escaped to the island and "shook the dust of civilisation off his feet".


The Gentle Art Of Beachcombing

Picture of The Gentle  Art Of Beachcombing
"The Gentle Art of Beachcombing" presents a selection of little-known writing by E.J. Banfield, the Beachcomber of Dunk Island and author of the classic "Confessions of a Beachcomber". Collected and edited by Banfield's biographer Michael Noonan, this new volume gives an entertaining insight into the mind of a man who, at the turn of the century, chose to live apart from society on his own island paradise in the Great Barrier Reef. Banfield's apprenticeship in beachcombing is represented here by his early travel writings: a romantic steamship voyage via Eastern ports to London in the 1880s; a stay in a Dickens-like English village; and his first discovery of tropical Queensland. During his twenty-five years of isolation on Dunk Island, the Beachcomber did make one excursion back into civilisation, and his impressions of this 1911 trip give us the bustle of Sydney and Melbourne. Here too are the writings of a gifted self-taught naturalist, observing with whimsical and joyful appreciation the beauty of his island.