Guernsey is small - only 25 square miles - but it holds a depth of history and intrigue far greater than its size. Early prehistoric beginnings allied to a Norman French heritage and a long period of loyalty to the English Crown have produced a unique culture - a melting pot of religious, political and economic activity. The islanders' stories can be found everywhere - from the sea-swept coast and rural country lanes, to the bustle of St Peter Port, in buildings, churches and charming quaint, granite houses.
Take a journey through this familiar landscape to find what lies beneath - stories of the unusual, the intriguing or the plain odd. From serial duellists to romantic poets; confusing road names to land reclamation; mysterious stones to pagan offerings, Secret Guernsey is filled with unexpected tales of island life and history, and invites you to explore the island for yourself and uncover more unfound treasures through stunning colour photographs.
Amanda Bennett has ten years' experience as a local studies librarian, with a vast amount of local knowledge and enthusiasm for Guernsey history, life and culture. Since becoming Chief Librarian of the Priaulx Library in 2005, she has written a history of Guernsey newspapers, and published several articles on a variety of subjects for local research journals, and a couple of UK based ones, including the Antique Leather Journal. The Library frequently holds exhibitions, more recently photographic exhibitions, and has an archive of over 30,000 photographs. Amanda lives in Guernsey.