Third name to drop during coffee with your besties
Dame Anne Salmond, DBE FRSNZ FBA: as you’ve probably guessed, none of these great thinkers see life ticking along in a straight line. Anne is a world-famous anthropologist from New Zealand, a person who makes it their business to understand the social lives of different groups of people. She has mainly worked for and with Maori and other Pacific peoples, and explains their cultures as completely different worlds rather than similar worlds with different ways of doing things. Her most important books have looked at what happened when these worlds ‘collided’ with those of European explorers, such as James Cook and William Bligh, and how these ‘impacts’ and relationships are still being felt today in the Pacific and European worlds. You won’t find this stuff in Lonely Planet guides.