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Book Title: Spike Island: The Memory Of A Military Hospital|
The author of the book: Philip Hoare
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Edition: Fourth Estate
Date of issue: April 2nd 2001
ISBN 13: 9781841152936
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 4.95 MB
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I read this as part of research, hoping to find historical background for something I'm working on. In some ways I'm not sure why anyone would read a book like this otherwise, unless you lived in the area and are interested in its history.
Philip Hoare is a good writer and has an excellent and colourful command of the language; I do think he might make too much use of the thesaurus, and likes to use certain uncommon phrases like 'Fin de Siècle' and words like 'conflate' a lot. It's been a while since I've had to reach so often for my (iPhone) dictionary.
Nevertheless there are some historical gems in here, although a large part of the book is not about Netley military hospital at all, but about the ruined Abbey and its history and that of Southampton. Also there is quite a lot of the story of the author's own upbringing which seems a little off-topic given the subject of the book: "Spike Island - a memory of a military hospital".
All in all, the author builds up a fascinating picture of a truly amazing Victorian-era building, and you really feel the loss of something grand and unique when it is abandoned and eventually pulled down.
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Read information about the authorPhilip Hoare’s books include biographies of Stephen Tennant and Noël Coward, the historical studies, Wilde’s Last Stand, Spike Island, and England’s Lost Eden. His book Leviathan or, The Whale won the 2009 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction. His last book, The Sea Inside, was published in 2013. His new book, RISINGTIDEFALLINGSTAR, is published by Fourth Estate (summer 2017), the University of Chicago Press (spring 2018), and Atico de los Libros (autumn 2018).
Out of a tempestuous sea, fantastical stories of drowned poets, eccentric artists and magical animals, slipping between species and gender, all bound by the profound ocean.
‘Rich and strange from the tip of its title to its deep-sunk bones’, Robert Macfarlane.
An experienced broadcaster, curator and filmmaker, he wrote and presented the BBC Arena film The Hunt for Moby-Dick. He is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Southampton, and curator of the Moby-Dick Big Read.
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