Andrew O'hagan in Paradise

"I think being sociable is just a hysterical way of being alone, and my mind often wanders in a crowded room to a quiet place far from the world."

This is what the Andrew O'Hagan wrote about a recent holiday he spent in Bora Bora with his girlfriend. His article references several island authors and books in honest and brilliant prose. In one vignette, for example, about spending a night supping champagne, sucking on lychees and sleeping in a glass-floored bedroom from which he could see coral below, he tells his readers: "I’m sorry to be such a prick, but paradise would make pricks of us all. That’s why one goes." Quite.

Read more and view photos of the author loafing on the beach like a gangster over at the Guardian.

Andrew O'Hagan photographed at Le Meridien Resort, Bora Bora.
Andrew O'Hagan photographed at Le Meridien Resort, Bora Bora.