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The Little Book of the Isle of Wight by [Toms, Jan]
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About the Author

JAN TOMS is descended from a long line Islanders. To date she has had eleven novels published under the name of Janet Mary Tomson; the latest, The Cruellest Month, will be published this month by Robert Hale. With two or three exceptions, these books have been historical in content and often set on the Isle of Wight. Jan is addicted to history and research, and writes regular historical features for the bi-monthly magazine Island Life and has produced more than fifty articles for the online magazine Suite 101, some with an Island connection. She lives in Freshwater.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2039 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (26 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GQDQJOQ
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,648 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lovely informative book, worth the money
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I'm a very great fan of the Isle of Wight and have been spending increasing amounts of time there during the past year and a half. Some people (allegedly friends) seem to think that's because, with a relatively 'mature' population down there, I have finally found a way to make myself look younger, but I don't think that's the main reason I love it so much. I can't deny, it's a handy little fringe benefit alright, but there's much more to the Island than that.

Jan Toms, I am reliably informed by the blurb on this book's dust jacket, is descended from a long line of Islanders. She knows her stuff, that is the obvious implication and you really do get a sense of both her knowledge and her obvious affection for the Island from these pages. She writes very engagingly and with great humour, nowhere more so than in the little sub headings that appear throughout the book. These help to break up what would otherwise be a rather intimidating-looking wall of information.

This works well as a record of local history, as well being a handy little reference book for some very well-researched facts about the Island. The strangest one I came across was the fact that EastEnders' Dot Cotton apparently has (or, at the very least, had) 'an Alum Bay sand ornament on her mantelpiece'. That shows a true devotion to promoting the Island's cause that does: voluntarily sitting through at least one episode of that programme in order to present that invaluable factoid for our delectation.

I have only one slight criticism to make and that is from a purely personal point of view; in the section entitled 'That's Entertainment', there is a list of writers who wrote while on the Island, yet there is no mention of the late Michael Sheard, who wrote four volumes of his memoirs while living in Ryde.
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Some interesting little anecdotes to browse during or after a trip to the Isle of Wight. I'd like it to be a bit more clearly organised but it's fine if you just want to happen upon something.
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this book will interest anyone who likes,island history. it was an interesting read but I would have liked,to hear more of the families that made the news and preferably not just the rich and famous names, but the wonderful characters of village life.
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This was a very interesting read, and I learnt a lot. But as other reviewers have said it is disjointed in as much as it is not in date sequence. It would be difficult to find a significant subject if needed.
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because I live on the isle of wight it was a very interesting book I would recommend this
book to any person living or coming to the I.O.W. or people interested in history.
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A little book full of information on the island not really a tourist guide historical, geographical, fact fiction who knows. It is however all there!!
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it's a bit all over the place for me , and not all is explained totally - would have liked a more coherent story , but interesting snippets ...
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