The Outer Banks

The Outer Banks

by Anthony Bailey


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The Outer Banks by Anthony Bailey

Four hundred years after the first English colonists struggled to gain a foothold on the coast of North Carolina, British writer Anthony Bailey made a journey along these same barrier islands. In this popular book, highly acclaimed since 1989, he combines keen observations of the Outer Banks' natural splendor with a genuine appreciation of the people who live there.

Whether describing his experience waiting out a hurricane in a Wanchese restaurant, his mosquito-plagued visit to an abandoned village on Portsmouth Island, or his trip to the top of Cape Hatteras lighthouse with a Coast Guard lieutenant, Bailey captures the spirit of a unique and much-loved region, its history, and especially its people.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807848203
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 04/19/1999
Series: Chapel Hill Books Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Anthony Bailey wrote for many years for the New Yorker and is author of numerous books, including Major Andre, The Thousand Dollar Yacht, and Standing in the Sun.

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An irresistible combination of personal experience, natural and local history and people. It is absolutely required reading for visitors to the Banks.—Publishers Weekly

Bailey has a sharp eye for detail and an unflappable ability to deal with the incongruous or the just plain awful. To read his travel books . . . is to share the experience of being there.—Booklist

A classic travel book. . . . Highly recommended to anyone who has visited or may wish to visit the Outer Banks.—Library Journal

With humor, insight, and an outsider's fresh perspective, Bailey captures the mundane and sublime details of daily life on the Outer Banks.—North Carolina Historical Review

To see new things accurately . . . is what good travel writing is about; and by that standard, Bailey's account of his journey down our Outer Banks, from the Virginia border to Cape Lookout, is a successful one, well worth our reading.—Michael McFee, WUNC Radio

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