From Tiller girl to amateur photographer,
the centenarians of Somerset have a rich
and varied history. In this celebration of
longevity, twenty centenarians living across
the county share the stories and secrets of
their long lives.
Having lived through two world wars,
coronations, inventions, and other momentous
events, the men and women featured in this
book are now supported by Somerset Care
either in residential homes or independently
in their own homes.
Their stories of the past 100 years were
captured by Kalina Newman. Her notes and
recordings have been turned into a series of
narratives about life in a century gone by,
brought to life with additional factual
The stories are beautifully illustrated with
photographs from the centenarians’ own
archives, coupled with bespoke contemporary
portraits by photographer Anita Corbin.
This book is a celebration of the long and
varied lives of a special group of Somerset
residents, and as testament to this its
production uses county-based resources –
from the researchers to the photographer.
Somerset Care is one of the leading
independent not-for-profit healthcare
providers in the UK and is based in
Taunton, Somerset. It celebrates its
20th anniversary in 2011, and the
production of this book forms part of its
anniversary celebrations.The company
has 31 care homes for older people in
Somerset, Gloucestershire and on the
Isle of Wight and provides support
every day to many thousands of people
living independently in the community.
Kalina Newman spent 20 years as a
professional chef before taking a degree
in English and Film at Exeter University.
She lives in Watchet, Somerset.
Anita Corbin is an award-winning
photographer whose portraits have
been collected by the National
Portrait Gallery. She lives in Wellington,
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 080 0, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published May 2010.