Bob Dylan at the Isle of Wight Festival 1969

2019 marks the golden anniversary of the mass musical gatherings that saw the hippie generation at their 1969 zenith. Two events stand out, staged with days of each other that magical August: in the United States, there was Woodstock, and in the UK the Isle of Wight Festival of Music. Woodstock drew 400,000 fans and a quality bill that was a ‘Who’s Who’ of contemporary talent – all bar Bob Dylan – whom the organisers hoped to lure on the doorstep of his home.

Instead, Dylan opted to headline at the Isle of Wight, in front of close to 200,000 adoring fans.

In ‘Bob Dylan at the Isle of Wight Festival 1969’ Bill Bradshaw, in association with Ray Foulk, celebrates the events of that summer 50 years on…and remembers how the Isle of Wight, off England’s southern coast, staged the huge coup of pulling off what was then the nation’s biggest festival.

It features almost 200 pages packed with first-hand accounts of the “Dylan” festival from organisers, performers and the fans who flocked to the event, bringing alive that gilded summer and exploring how it influenced both Dylan and the rock festival movement for generations to come.

It includes many photographs published for the first time, and a revealing foreword from Julie Felix.

‘There were people as far as the eye could see, it was surrealistic to just look out and not be able to see where the crowd ended. Dylan was waiting to go on outside his caravan and we talked for a long time. I consider that one of the little islands of memory I will always cherish.’Julie Felix, 1969 IoW Festival co-star.

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Nammet: A Celebration of Isle of Wight Food and Drink

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Royally Suited: Harry and Meghan in their own words

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It is now 20 years since this iconic royal figure died at the tragically young age of 36 in a Paris car crash. Her powerful legacy lives on through her sons, Princes William and Harry, and a new generation is becoming aware her extraordinary life for the first time.

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Diana: I’m Going to be Me: Audiobook

Diana: I’m Going to be Me, tells the remarkable story of Princess Diana’s life through her own words.

It is now 20 years since this iconic royal figure died at the tragically young age of 36 in a Paris car crash. Her powerful legacy lives on through her sons, Princes William and Harry, and a new generation is becoming aware her extraordinary life for the first time.

This audiobook is narrated by Roger Harrison.

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Emirates Diaries: From Sheikhs to Shakespeare

Peter Clark was a romantic. He did not want to be sent to Abu Dhabi in 1988 to run the British Council in the United Arab Emirates, a country which he felt was brash, consumerist and lacking in history. He preferred established countries, steeped in history with ruins and antique architecture. Cover illustration byChess Heward.

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The Art of Falconry

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Through the Palace Keyhole

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‘An incredible journey’  Sally Bland, The Jordan Times

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A Soldier in Arabia

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From Epsom to Tralee

From 1955 to the present, Roy Gill has visited every racecourse in the UK and Ireland at least once. Along with brief histories, the highs and lows of Flat and National Hunt racing are revealed by an acknowledged expert and Turf Accountant. This book is beautifully illustrated with photographs (many of them previously unseen and unpublished) and fascinating racing memorabilia.

“In telling the story of our racecourses, Roy Gill perfectly highlights the agony and the ecstasy of the world of racing.” Bob Champion MBE

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