Ian Burnet

Burnet,I_AuthorPhoto4 - Copy Ian Burnet’s first book Spice Islands tells the history, romance and adventure of the spice trade over 2000 years and has been described as ‘A triumph of passion and scholarship’.

His second book East Indies tells the story of the 200 year struggle between the Portuguese Crown, the Dutch East Indies Company and the English East India Company for supremacy in the Eastern Seas and has been described as ‘A ripping historical yarn’.

In Archipelago, Ian Burnet takes the reader on a journey across the Indonesian Archipelago, island by island and adventure by adventure. Travelling from Java to Timor by bus, plane, train, ferry, boat, car and motorcycle he follows the smoking volcanoes that form its spine. Ian combines his love of adventure and travel with his knowledge of history to take us on a personal journey through both geographic space and historical time.

His fourth book is Where Australia Collides with Asia – The Epic Voyages of Joseph Banks, Charles Darwin, Alfred Wallace and the Origin of On the Origin of Species. A Review reads “What Ian Burnet has achieved in his wonderfully illustrated and narrated book is to relate the important role the Indonesian archipelago has played in the intellectual history of the west”.

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1 Response to Ian Burnet

  1. peter says:

    Hi, we are researching a missing aircraft from ww2, it had 40 people onboard, mostly POW’s returning to Australia after the war with Japan. it went missing in the Pulau Damar and surround area. I see you have travelled this region and was hoping you may be able to help us contact someone from the area who could assist with local knowledge etc – many thanks – Peter

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