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JERSEY: SECRETS OF THE SEA (2019) by Paul Darroch

The story of Jersey is shaped by the sea. The treacherous Channel waters drowned the King of England’s son in the White Ship and plunged his realm into chaos. Jersey legends tell of the waves that swept away the doomed manor of La Brecquette and sprung the fearsome trap of the Golden Chair.

Yet the ocean’s call of adventure inspired the mariners of Jersey to traverse the world. It tempted Sir Walter Raleigh, Jersey’s fallen Governor, into his fatal quest for El Dorado, and drove local boy Tom Davis to build a fortune in Africa. The same pioneering spirit led Lilian Grandin, Jersey’s first female doctor, to set sail for China, where she would sacrifice her life.

Jersey: Secrets of the Sea tells their story, imagined in their own words. This book allows readers to step onto the bridge of RMS Titanic with her Jersey quartermaster just as the deadly iceberg looms into view, while Islander Lucy Duff-Gordon slumbers in her first-class suite below. story of her sister Elinor Glyn, who found fame at the peak of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

We follow the Jersey Company volunteers as they leave St Helier for the Great War; and watch the lone boatman in 1941 slipping away from the shadow of the German Occupation.

Jersey: Secrets of the Sea is the panoramic story of an Island forged by the seas, set at the crossroads of maritime history, and told through the voices of the Jersey seafarers who made it.


“Would you like to take a colourful, break-neck gallop through the rich history of our community? If that sounds like an attractive prospect, then Jersey: The Hidden Histories could be the book for you”. (JERSEY EVENING POST, 2015)

During the tourist season, the book is usually in stock at Waterstone’s on Queen Street in Jersey, WH Smith on King Street, the National Trust for Jersey bookshops at 16 New Street and at Samares Manor.

It can also be ordered directly from Amazon UK.

Both books are published by Seaflower Books – specialists in Channel Islands books for over 25 years.