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ISBN: 9781841149004
AUTHOR: Andrew Norman
Purbeck Personalities
Purbeck Personalities
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The Isle of Purbeck is an area of about 60 square miles, situated in South Dorset in southern England. Although bounded by sea to the south and east, and by Poole Harbour and the River Frome to the north, it is not strictly speaking an island at all. Nevertheless, to both local people and to the tourists,who come in droves each year to visit, it may safely be said that Purbeck resembles an island paradise.

For those who wish simply to enjoy the scenery, Purbeck can offer spectacular cliffs, a large variety of sea birds, sandy beaches, rolling hills, heathlands and forests, ancient churches, and the mighty if ruined monument of Corfe Castle as its ‘jewel in the crown’. For those who wish to delve deeper, however, there are other treats in store.

Every region has its association with eminent, flamboyant, or notorious characters, and Purbeck is no exception. In this volume are to be found pirates; a smuggler – who was also a churchwarden; a spirited lady who, during the English Civil War, mounted a heroic defence of Corfe Castle; a farmer,who became famous in medical circles, and a clay merchant, who was an associate of JosiahWedgwood, and many others.

Each of the personalities highlighted helped to create, in his or her unique way, the threads, of which the colourful tapestry of Purbeck is woven. In recounting their varied lives, Dorset author Andrew Norman conjours up a fascinating galaxy of personalities to illuminate the history of this most characterful corner of England.

Andrew Norman was born in Newbury, Berkshire, UK in 1943. Having been educated at Thornhill High School, Gwelo, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and St Edmund Hall,Oxford, he qualified in medicine at the Radcliffe Infirmary.

From 1972-83,Andrew worked as a general practitioner in Poole, Dorset, before a spinal injury cut short his medical career. He is now an established writer whose published works include biographies of Thomas Hardy, TE Lawrence, Sir Francis Drake, Adolf Hitler, Agatha Christie, Jane Austen and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 900 4, hardback, 210x148mm, 112 pages. Published November 2009.

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The photographs in this book capture this perfectly: revealing the Dorset landscape as few of us have seen it before. Here top aerial photographer Jason Hawkes takes us on an aerial journey from the westernmost point where Dorset meets Devon, from Lyme Regis, pastWeymouth to the Isle of Purbeck, and across the broad sweep of Poole Bay to Bournemouth and Christchurch.
Purbeck LandscapesPurbeck Landscapes - £14.99
This book, profusely illustrated in colour and with an expert text by leading Dorset geologist John Chaffey, shows that Purbeck, with its infinite variety, is in so many ways a microcosm of Britain and is one of our most cherishable assets.
A Boot Up PurbeckA Boot Up Purbeck - £4.99
The ten circular walks by Rodney Legg, ranging from 3 to 8 miles, suit the needs of families, groups of friends or individuals looking for a gentle stroll or a longer walk, and reflect the many varied facets of the area
By Swords DividedBy Swords Divided - £5.95
Andrew Norman recounts a thrilling story of the siege of Corfe Castle during the English Civil War.
Enid Blyton and her enchantment with DorsetEnid Blyton and her enchantment with Dorset - £9.99
It is often the case that when an author bases stories on a certain place, the subsequent discovery by the reader of that place’s true identity may come as a disappointment. Not so in this fascinating investigation by Andrew Norman, for the real life locations are equally as interesting and exciting as the nail biting adventures of ‘The Famous Five’ themselves! Other formats available: Amazon Kindle
DunshayDunshay - £6.95
Every old house has a story to tell, but Dunshay Manor in South Dorset has a more fascinating one than most as this fascinating book by Andrew Norman reveals.
Thomas Hardy Christmas CarollingsThomas Hardy Christmas Carollings - £6.95
This is the story of Thomas Hardy and of Christmas; of what that greatest of all Christian festivals meant to him, and of how his beliefs changed as the years progressed. A fascinating book by Andrew Norman.
Tyneham A Tribute (h/b)Tyneham A Tribute (h/b) - £12.99
Andrew Norman has gathered the recollections one of the tyneham evacuees, HelenTaylor - a seamstress at Tyneham House - to help present a vivid portrait of what had been a thriving community, which now lives in the hearts of those who sacrificed their homes for their country.
The Story of George LovelessThe Story of George Loveless - £12.99
Andrew Norman has delved deep to reveal the truth about this important historical figure, the acknowledged leader of the Tolpuddle Martyrs. By painstaking research, not only in the United Kingdom but also in Canada and Australia, it is now possible to reveal many, hitherto, unpublished details about George Loveless’s life.
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