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The Little Book of the Isle of Wight Kindle Edition
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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.Read more ›
book to any person living or coming to the I.O.W. or people interested in history.
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The book would be much better with a fold-out map at the back, so that one can glance at it whilst reading the text.Published 5 months ago by Francesca Charlesworth
Very interesting book, great facts and short stories about the Islands history and people.Published 13 months ago by j smith
absolutely brilliant found it on holiday in hard back so ordered it for my kindle for future use, very informativePublished on 19 Nov. 2014 by Wendy Lucey
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