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Fringed with Mud and Pearls

An English Island Odyssey

by Ian Crofton

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ISBN: 9781788852982
Published: 06 May 2021
Format: E-Book
Extent: 288
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Birlinn
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One of the Daily Telegraph's 20 Books Perfect for Travel

Scotland has its rugged Hebrides; Ireland its cliff-girt Arans; Wales its Island of Twenty Thousand Saints. And what has England got? The isles of Canvey, Sheppey, Wight and Dogs, Mersea, Brownsea, Foulness and Rat. But there are also wilder, rockier places – Lundy, the Scillies, the Farnes.

These islands and their inhabitants not only cast varied lights on the mainland, they also possess their own peculiar stories, from the Barbary slavers who once occupied Lundy, to the ex-major who seized a wartime fort in the North Sea and declared himself Prince of Sealand.

Ian Crofton embarks on a personal odyssey to a number of the islands encircling England, exploring how some were places of refuge or holiness, while others have been turned into personal fiefdoms by their owners, or become locations for prisons, rubbish dumps and military installations. He also describes the varied ways in which England's islands have been formed, and how they are constantly changing, so making a mockery of human claims to sovereignty.


The Author

Ian Crofton

After many years working for Collins, Ian Crofton is now a freelance author and editor based in London. His previous bestsellers include Kings and Queen of England and The Little Book of Big History.

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