A Cultural History
Paperback 461pp Illustrated
9781908493071   Product Code: 19075
The Isle of Wight was a Mecca for Victorian society: Tennyson lived here, Turner painted, Dickens took holidays and Darwin began The Origin of Species here, and Queen Victoria built her Italianate villa Osborne House here. This absorbing book charts the history of the island and the great mainland ports of the Solent, exploring their maritime heritage, their literary and artistic associations, their role in two world wars, and the growth of seaside tourism.