Ethnography of Fiddle/A Pattern Of Islands

A Pattern Of Islands (also known as We Chose the Islands in American editions) is a memoir first published in 1952 by Sir Arthur Grimble, recounting his time in the Gilbert and Ellice Islands as a cadet officer and Resident Commissioner in the 1920s.[1] The memoir gives a romanticized account of island life and colonial rule.[2] A British drama film Pacific Destiny based on the book was made in 1956.


  1. Grimble, Arthur (20 April 2011). A Pattern of Islands. Dufour Editions. ISBN 9781906011451. Retrieved 16 June 2011. 
  2. Macdonald, Barrie (2001). Cinderellas of the Empire: towards a history of Kiribati and Tuvalu. p. 5. ISBN 9789820203358. Retrieved 16 June 2011.