The Book of Islands

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The Book of Islands is an exhilarating journey to 200 of the most extraordinary and inspirational places in the world. From tropical paradises such as Mauritius and Bali, to islands of former incarceration like Alcatraz and Robben Island, from the empty wilds of Baffin and Kerguelen to densely populated islands that are cities in their own right, like Venice and Singapore.

In their informed and stimulating commentaries the authors distill the essence of each diverse location, ...

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Overview

The Book of Islands is an exhilarating journey to 200 of the most extraordinary and inspirational places in the world. From tropical paradises such as Mauritius and Bali, to islands of former incarceration like Alcatraz and Robben Island, from the empty wilds of Baffin and Kerguelen to densely populated islands that are cities in their own right, like Venice and Singapore.

In their informed and stimulating commentaries the authors distill the essence of each diverse location, and provide quotes from an eclectic mixture of travel writers, famous visitors, natives and residents together with facts such as longitude, latitude and population. Combined with images from leading world photographers, each page celebrates the blend of climate and cuisine, topography and traditions that make each island unique and irresistible.

The Book of Islands celebrates the diversity, energy and culture of islands and the generations whose ancestral and spiritual roots are deeply buried in their fragile soil.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435106550
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 8/20/2008
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 11.34 (h) x 1.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Dodd is a writer and publisher specializing in international and popular culture. He has contributed to the Virgin City Guides, Images of France and Images of Spain. He was co-author, with Ben Donald, of The Book of Cities and he wrote The Book of Rock. He lives in north London and Kent, and has most recently been traveling the world to research his latest book The Reverend Guppy’s Aquarium.

 

Ben Donald is a travel writer whose journalism has appeared in The Times and several travel magazines. He has also written guide books to various Italian cities and co-authored The Book of Cities, an illustrated gazetteer to 250 cities worldwide, which The Observer called “A book to fire the imagination of even the most committed armchair traveler.” His recently published book Springtime for Germany is a humorous deconstruction of British stereotypes about Germany and the Germans, and has also been translated and published in German.

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  • Posted August 24, 2009

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    A little different

    While the expectation is a coffee table glossy color photo book of island locations, it is indeed that. What makes it a little different is the commentary. The usual glowing comments about a particular location are modified to read like some of the positive and negative benefits of a particular place. For example, a remark about the pervasive sulfur smell on the island of Santorini. Or comments about the absence or presence of other tourists at a particular location. While not objectionable, the book gets a little of both, the glossy location photos and commentary, but not quite enough of either.

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