Shortlist year: 
2020
Shortlist category: 
Non-fiction
Published by: 
William Collins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishing

About the book

'Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia' by Christina Thompson
Winner

For more than a millennium, Polynesians occupied the remotest islands in the Pacific Ocean, an enormous triangle stretching from Hawaii to New Zealand to Easter Island. Sailing in large, double-hulled canoes, they were the first and, until the era of European discovery, the only people ever to have reached this part of the globe. Today, they are widely acknowledged as the world's greatest navigators.

But how did these ancient mariners find all these islands? A thrilling intellectual detective story, 'Sea People' combines the thrill of exploration, the wonder of pursuit, and the drama of a gripping historical puzzle.