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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Caribbean (11 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333945964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333945964
  • Product Dimensions: 31.6 x 23.3 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 584,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you have visited Barbados, this book will be a vivid reminder of an island unique in the Caribbean. And if you haven't been there yet, it will provide all the incentive you need to hop on a plane." --Caribbean Compass

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Mike Toy is one of Barbados' leading photographers. Born in England, he worked as a photographic technician in the offshore oil industry before moving to Barbados in the early nineties. He works as a freelance photographer primarily specialising in architectural interiors and produces images for books, magazines and postcards. This is his fourth book.

Peter Laurie is a retired career diplomat and former ambassador of Barbados to the United States. He is the author of several books including two illustrated children's stories and The Barbadian Rum Shop. He co-authored The Glory Days: 25 Great West Indian Cricketers also published by Macmillan Caribbean. He lives in Barbados.


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The small island of Barbados, 'the Rock' as it is affectionately called by those who cling to it - 'cling' in both senses of love and anxiety - has long been recognised as a peculiar place that defies, if not description, at least explanation. Read the first page
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This is a superb book about Barbados, bought as a leaving gift for a work colleague.

It arrived in time [next day delivery before 1pm @ £8.99] but the dust jacket was in bad condition making it look secondhand.

Unfortunately we did not have enough time to return for a replacement and had to give a sub-standard gift as a result.

Very disappointing considering the price of the book.
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Exquisite! And a source of deep pride 16 Jan. 2009
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Format: Hardcover
Let me say first of that this is a biased review I am first and foremost after all a Bajan. Most coffee books on Barbados often lack the necessary homegrown viewpoint and often present a postcard view which while stunning does not do enough to differentiate 'Bim' from the other lovely Caribbean islands that are collectively known as the British West Indies.

On the other side many often present a glowing, albeit anachronistic view of a 'Little England' Barbados glossing over the impact of American culture and globalization as a whole. This book does not fall prey to these traps, it accurately and its totality presnets Barbados as is while praising our distinctiveness without becoming insular admitting our faults and still stands on its own and a stunning testament on travel art.

This is a breathtaking book showing me pictures of places of my youth long gone and still present, on the technical side each photo is flawlessly executed and are excellent works of photographic art standing on their own and the writing of Peter Laurie explains our idiosycrancies with brevity, honesty and humor without it being demeaning or condenscending

A great gift whether as a coffe book or a semi-informative guide for anyone at anytime.

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Barbados, an island portrait 20 April 2011
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I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I learned from it things that I did not previously know, and I am from the beautiful island of Barbados. It is very well written and the photograpghy is outstanding. The combination made me home sick so I am planning a trip back to "the rock".Barbados an Island Portrait [HC,2005]
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