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The Turks and Caicos Islands - Beautiful by Nature Hardcover – 31 Mar 2000

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Caribbean Publishing (31 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333775473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333775479
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 28.5 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "kermuppet" on 28 Nov. 2000
Format: Hardcover
What a fantasic book. The title says it all - "Beautiful by Nature". This is most definately the case. The pictures are cunningly interspersed in all the right places with colourful and descriptive text, which really creates a vivid picture of the islands in your mind. The authors come across in the book as two of the nicest people you could ever meet. Fantastic.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
The First Major Publication to focus exclusively on the TCI 1 May 2001
By Kathy Borsuk, Editor, Times of the Islands Magazine - Published on
Format: Hardcover
If you live in the Islands, you've probably already seen a copy of Phil and Julia's beautiful book, and l hope you've already bought a copy or two. For those who have not seen it yet, I urge you to search it out. Except for Bertie Sadler's historical survey of our country, Turks Island Landfall, this book is the first major publishing effort that focuses on the Turks & Caicos Islands exclusively.
Primarily a photo-essay, Beautiful by Nature is held together by the impressively astute and coherent narrative that outlines the entire history of the Turks & Caicos Islands.
Chapter One starts in the far geologic past. We are introduced to the millennia-long formation of the shallows, reefs, and sand flats that preceded the final emergence of our Island platforms. Chapter Two is a brief and readable short course in Island biogeography. We learn how the first signs of life came to these brand new Islands in the form of windblown seeds, migrant birds from north and south, and wave- washed, castaway snails, lizards, and snakes.
Finally, Chapter Three brings us to our Islands' human populations. In concise historical sketches, the authors outline the successive migrations that have populated these Islands and how these populations have impacted the land: Taino Indians from the south, Bermudian saltrakers from the north, and British Loyalists from North America. Chapter Four covers the Turks & Caicos Islands as we know them today. There is a section on the Salt Islands of Grand Turk, Salt Cay and South Caicos with their colonial charm and laid-back feel. The modern development of Providenciales is highlighted in another. And the final chapter is an outline of the country's plans for the future and a plea that the ever- quickening pace of modern development doesn't catch the Islands off-guard.
Buy this book. Buy it for the stunning photographs and Julia's charming illustrations. It's well worth it. But please, read it, too. The Davies' love for the Turks & Caicos Islands is obvious. And their ability to share it with us in beautiful pictures and well-chosen words is a gift.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Missed Opportunity 23 Oct. 2010
By Parrothead - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I'm not quite as enthusiastic about this book as the previous two reviewers. The photography is quite competently done, but it primarily focuses on T&C's flora and fauna (including lots of underwater shots). I think there was also a real opportunity to highlight more of T&C's beautiful beaches, some of the great vistas around Chalk Sound, the unique architecture of Cockburn Town, etc. (though I realize the primary focus of the book was on nature). Given the absence of other good "coffee table books" about T&C, this is worth getting, but I think there was a real missed opportunity to make this a more "complete" view of the various aspects of Turks and Caicos.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A Comprehensive and Beautiful Publication! 1 May 2001
By Kathy Borsuk, Editor, Times of the Islands Magazine - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Do you ever experience that feeling of "goosebumps" running up and down your body when something - an emotion, a work of art, a courageous act - deeply moves you? That is how I felt when Julia & Phil Davies showed me a preview copy of their new book, Turks and Caicos Islands - Beautiful by Nature. I had previously been given the opportunity to read the copy, which itself is an awesome compilation of facts and information about the natural history and heritage of these Islands. However, the combination of the well-researched text, Phil's spectacular photography and Julia's meticulous drawings of selected species tremendously impressed me. Finally, in one comprehensive and beautiful publication, TCI-philes will be able to learn all about the country's magical wonders and how they came to be.
The 176 page, over-sized hardcover book includes 182 color photographs from all around the Islands and 60 hand-drawn illustrations. The lively chapters lead readers from the land and reef's formation through detailed descriptions of marine, bird, animal and plant life to Islanders' sea-based heritage and how recent change and development has affected Turks & Caicos culture. Besides serving as a one-of-a-kind resource for visitors and residents, the book seems destined to be used as an educational text in local schools.
Julia and Phil spent two years in the Turks & Caicos researching the book and shooting the photos and another two years writing the text, completing the drawings and designing the layout. Their creation is truly a life's masterpiece and stunning tribute to the Islands.
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