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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Antique Collectors' Club in association with Richard Webb (14 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851497269
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851497263
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 3 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'It's not often I have a Wow! reaction to a book, but 'DARTMOUTH An Enchanted Place' by Joslin Fiennes deserves no less a reaction. This is a truly beautiful book, a masterpiece of academic research and a treasure that I know I'll be re-reading over and over until the binding falls apart' --Love Dartmouth

'It's a beautiful book entertainingly written, full of interesting facts and lavishly illustrated.' --Su Carroll, Western Morning News

Dartmouth has been a town of kings and princes, pirates and smugglers, explorers and inventors. Artists, writers and poets are part of the town s rich history. Author Joslin Fiennes has presented us with her sumptuous book on the town and its special place in both time and place. It is packed with pictures and takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride of facts from Chaucer to D-Day and beyond... capturing the people and events which have helped forge the unique identity of the town along the way' --Steve Peacock, Dartmouth Chronicle & South Hams Gazette

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Joslin Fiennes has an MA in Modern Languages from Cambridge University, and a PhD in economics from George Washington University. Early jobs included a stint as sub-editor for Punch and assistant editor for The Journal of Modern African Studies, when living in Tanzania. While in Botswana she published short stories, principally about Africa. She worked for the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC for over a quarter of a century, and this book marks her return to writing. After coming to Dartmouth, she has been a magistrate and school governor and has developed interests in gardening and art. Researching 'Dartmouth: An Enchanted Place' has given her a richer understanding of a much-loved place.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M Wright on 16 Sept. 2013
Format: Hardcover
A stunning treasure trove

This is one of those books you want to give to everyone you know and love. A brilliantly researched, beautifully written, exquisitely illustrated treasure trove of history, art, literature, invention and innovation all springing from the resources and inspiration provided by the River Dart. Fiennes' writing is both academic and entertaining. She celebrates the beauty of the place and the tenacity of its people with an eye for fun and irony and a very original take on what she finds. The visual images (many published for the first time) include some gorgeous art works, elegantly reproduced and impeccably researched. The cleverly titled chapters offer a variety of artistic insights and surprising historic links, embellished with tales of courageous deeds, wicked plots, and inspired creations by artists, writers, explorers, military heroes, political and social innovators , past and present, whom she has interviewed, investigated or discovered. A book not to be missed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ERIC on 17 Sept. 2013
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This is a beautifully produced book of some 284 pages and copious images of past and present Dartmouth, including 27 double-page spreads. It has been very thoroughly researched, and is written in an attractive, easy to read style with many interesting anecdotes.
It covers Dartmouth's history and natural environment as well as its artistic heritage. The river Dart and local villages are also included in photographs.

Dartmouth is a beautiful place, and anyone wanting a souvenir of a visit, or to familiarise with its remarkable history should read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gillean Slade on 16 Sept. 2013
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A book of infinite charm and great erudition that provides multiple insights into Dartmouth's artistic and cultural history. Beautifully illustrated and exquisitely written this book provided this reader with much new knowledge. It is a wonderful introduction to Dartmouth for the stranger and the denizen alike. A perfect Christmas gift!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By allaleigh on 16 Sept. 2013
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The quality of this book lies not only in the pictures but in the text as well. Joslin Fiennes has done her research thoroughly and sets this entrancing town in perfect context. The pictures are to be treasured, many are new to most readers (not least those by Lucien Pissarro) and are reproduced generously and well.
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This book presents the work of writers and artists who have lived in or visited the Dartmouth area down the centuries. The author has woven a fascinating commentary on the work of artists such as J.M.W.Turner and Lucien Pissarro, writers as varied as Robert Graves, John Masefield, Agatha Christie, Daniel Defoe and Flora Thomson. The book takes us back to stories from the Middle Ages and explains, too, the work of modern artists, poets, and writers such as Bridget McCrum and Alice Oswald, and Sarah Gillespie and Brian Pattern. The commentaries are insightful, wide reaching and entertaining. The book is beautifully produced--a real gem that those who love Dartmouth can treasure and dip into for years to come.
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By Mr. R. M. Alexander on 18 Sept. 2013
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The quality of this book's research and the production values are of a high order. It is a delight to browse and even more to sit and study.The book is lavishly illustrated and the text and images throw a new light on this tiny part of South Devon. The volume is lovely to look at and, as the song has it, 'delightful to know'. Dartmouth only has a population, now, of 6,000 so it is extraordinary that so many talented artists have found, and continue to find inspiration in the small ambit of the town and its locality.
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