Britain's big strength is that it is an island nation. However, we often forget that it boasts hundreds of smaller islands off its shores, each with a distinct character of its own. This book concentrates on the islands of England and Wales showing a mixture of contemporary photographs and archive material to capture the unique atmosphere of each island. Highlights include: Steep Holm - wonderfully preserved World War 2 timewarp in the Bristol Channel. Flat Holm - Welsh island with cholera hospital and amazing fortifications. Lundy - pirate's haven that issues its own stamps Scillies - Britain's own Hawaii. Five/six inhabited islands with their own stories to tell. St Michael's Mount - tidal survivor of the mythical lost land of Lyonesse, with a working railway. Looe Island - subject of the book We Bought An Island. Burgh island - tidal with the world's only sea tractor and fantastic art deco hotel with Agatha Christie connections Brownsea Island - inside Poole Harbour, famous for red squirrels and the boy scout movement.
Hayling Island - Hayling Billy train, seaside resort Goodwin Sands - sunken island in the Channel, Britain's biggest graveyard for boats Eel Pie Island in Thames - famous sixties hangout Foulness Island - secret MoD base, and other Essex marshes islands Mersea Island - sailing haven and holiday resort Sealand - military platform off Essex, claims to be a separate country Read's Island - Lincolnshire Humber Spurn Head - not an island, but has been at times, and may be so again Farne Islands - famous for Grace Darling connections Lindisfarne - Holy Island Hilbre Islands - fascinating inhabited set of islands off the west coast of The Wirral Anglesey/Holy Island - last stand of the Druids Bardsey Island - site of medieval monastery Ramsey Island - off Pembrokeshire Barry Island and Sully Island - famous steam graveyard Characterful, quirky with distinct and peculiar charms, these and many other British islands are covered in affectionate detail, accompanied by some breathtaking photography.
Robin Jones is a journalist based in Lincolnshire. He has published a number of bookazines for W.H. Smith on a variety of subjects including transport and British heritage. He has also been a member of the editorial team for a couple of non-League football magazines. In his spare time he is an avid enthusiast of the British coast and its islands as well as the variety of heritage customs and traditions around the country, and has collected material and photographs on the subject over many years.
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