Captive Islands

An isolated penal colony, surrounded by the forests and islands of the Andaman tribes.

This is Port Blair, a lone British settlement in the Indian Ocean.

Hardback book – 140 photographs/illustrations

First published 2019

For centuries, the sole occupants of the Andamans lived in isolation, a primitive pygmy race with a culture in the Stone Age. To the south are the Nicobar Islands, home to the Nicobarese.

At the age of 23, Max Bonington came to Port Blair as harbour-master (1897). Not a place for the faint-hearted – lethal tribes, escaping convicts, working elephants in remote forest camps, barely-known islands and people – encounters that relate the story of these unique islands during their British control.

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