Books About the Caribbean
Jamaican culture has touched every corner of the globe. Whether it’s the pulsating rhythms of Bob Marley’s reggae music, dancehall patois or the pounding footsteps of Usain Bolt, the sounds of Jamaica reverberate throughout the world.
Long described as a microcosm of Planet Earth, Jamaica has been influenced by many cultures and traditions. It is a country with a rich history – admittedly of severance and suffering – but, above all, with a will and capacity for survival and achievement.
When Columbus arrived, and beheld the palm-fringed beaches and lush, forested mountains, he described it as the fairest isle he had ever seen. But Jamaica is more than just beach and scenery. It is a rich diversity of cultures and traditions. It is rich in sounds and flavours. It is a feast for the senses.
Jamaica is Rasta and reggae; rum and rhythm; jerk and jazz; coffee and calypso.
Illustrated with more than 200 photographic images, Jamaica: Absolutely looks beyond the beach and gives an insight into the cultural, historical and social aspects of Jamaica.
The book is available now from Hansib Publications
HANSIB PUBLICATIONS LIMITED
P.O. Box 226
SG14 3WY Hertford
In hardback, the book is £25 or paperback £18.
Other Books in the 'Nations' series
DOMINICA: Nature Island of the Caribbean
Dominica is a virtually unspoilt island whose volcanic peaks rise imposingly from the sea to create a magnificent landscape of forested mountains and river valleys. It is the most mountainous of the Lesser Antilles and has the distinction of being home to the tallest peak in the Eastern Caribbean.
Dominica’s reputation as the Nature Island of the Caribbean is well earned because of its unspoilt landscape, natural beauty and abundance of wild flora and fauna. The country is also known for its many rivers – “one for every day of the year” – and is renowned for its spectacular waterfalls. Consistently rated as a leading dive destination, Dominica’s marine life is considered to be among the best in the world. It is also the foremost whale-watching destination in the Caribbean.
Illustrated with more than two hundred photographic images, Dominica: Nature Island of the Caribbean is an insight into one of the Caribbean’s best-kept secrets.
ANTIGUA and BARBUDA: A Little Bit of Paradise
Reflecting everything from the hustle and bustle of the capital to the peace and tranquillity of the white-sand beaches of Barbuda, Antigua and Barbuda: A Little Bit of Paradise is a pictorial insight into the everyday life of a vibrant Caribbean nation.
From the most secluded palm-fringed coves and popular beaches of Antigua, to the miles of deserted, crystal-clear surf of Barbuda, it is everything a tropical island paradise should be. And with “a beach for every day of the year”, it is no surprise that it is one of the world’s leading tourism destinations.
Lavishly illustrated with more than three hundred photographic images, it provides a unique representation of the nation’s history, culture and its people.
TRINIDAD and TOBAGO: Terrific and Tranquil
50th Anniversary Edition
Trinidad and Tobago is one of the most cosmopolitan countries in the world. Since the arrival of Amerindian peoples more than ten thousand years ago, this twin-island, Caribbean nation has become a melting pot of different races, traditions, customs and religions. European colonisers and settlers from Africa, India, China and the Middle East began arriving from the late 1400s. These disparate groups all played a part in influencing Trinidad and Tobago’s diverse and unique culture.
Birthplace of calypso music and the steel pan, and home to the world famous Trinidad Carnival, the nation boasts one of the most exclusive tourism destinations in the world (Tobago) and an emerging eco-tourism sector.
Trinidad and Tobago: Terrific and Tranquil is a lavishly illustrated book comprising more than two hundred photographic images. Published to commemorate the nation’s 50th anniversary of independence (1962-2012).
India: A Wealth of Diversity
With its spectacular array of cultures – of nearly every creed and colour – India’s civilisation is more than five thousand years old. In the majority of its 500,000 villages, life has remained unchanged for hundreds of years. But it is also the place where 21st century technology and centuries-old traditions stand side-by-side.
India also experiences every type of climate and landscape; from snow-capped mountains to tropical beaches, lush rainforests to arid plains.
This lavishly illustrated book features everything from the caste system to cuisine; the sari to sport; music to marriage. All the states are featured in individual chapters along with chapters on the tribal peoples of India, Gandhi, the Nehrus and Independence.
Reproducing more than two hundred full colour photographs, India: A Wealth of Diversity is a spectacular book which celebrates the cultures, religions, customs and timeless heritage of one of the world’s most diverse nations.
Known as the land of many waters (a name given by the country’s first Amerindian inhabitants), Guyana is located on the north-eastern shoulder of South America. It occupies an area of 83,000 square miles (a little smaller than the United Kingdom) and is the continent’s only English-speaking nation. Formerly British Guiana, the country had been a colonial outpost of both the Dutch and the British but is culturally more Caribbean than Latin American. With a majority population – almost equally – of both African and Indian heritage, Guyanese society has been influenced by many other cultural traditions and customs and is, today, the quintessential Caribbean nation.
The country itself has a range of ecosystems and landscapes that include vast areas of tropical rainforest, thousands of miles of rivers, more than one hundred waterfalls (the most notable being Guyana’s iconic Kaieteur Falls), eighteen lakes, four mountain ranges and sprawling savannahs. It is home to more than eight hundred species of bird, over two hundred varieties of mammal and more than two hundred species of reptile and amphibian. Geographically, Guyana is part of the Guiana Shield which, together with the adjacent Amazon Basin, forms the largest equatorial forest in the world.
Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of colour photographic images, Guyana provides a spectacular and unrivalled insight into a unique and little-known Caribbean nation.
Tobago: Clean, Green and Serene
At first glance, Tobago truly is paradise on Earth – long stretches of sandy beaches, calm crystal-clear waters, blue skies, balmy breezes and tropical sunshine. But the island has so much more to offer!
Tobago is located nineteen miles north-east of Trinidad and has a land mass no wider than seven miles and no longer than twenty-six. Beneath its waters, it is surrounded by gently sloping coral reefs, plunging submarine cliffs and volcanic formations. The nutrient-rich seas teem with myriad tropical fishes, hundreds of species of coral, whales, sharks, dolphins, manta rays, squid and turtles. On land, a low-lying coralline south-west plateau rises gradually to a central ridge of volcanic hills with a dense rainforest the oldest protected forest in the western hemisphere) that is a nirvana for naturalists. Add to all of this the warmth and friendliness of its people, and the island’s rich multi-cultural heritage, and the picture is complete.
Tobago: Clean, Green and Serene depicts many aspects of life on this idyllic Caribbean island as well as featuring the history, traditions and local customs that make Tobago so unique.
Illustrated with more than 130 photographic images, this impressive book is the perfect souvenir for visitors and nationals alike, and is an ideal guide for prospective investors.
Includes synopses in Spanish, Portuguese, French and German.
ANGUILLA: Tranquillity Wrapped in Blue
With its pristine, white-sand beaches, washed by crystal-clear waters, Anguilla embodies tranquillity itself. And this book provides a unique insight into one of the world’s most exclusive tourism destinations.
The most northerly of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean, Anguilla is just 16 miles long and three miles at its widest point.
This definitive guide provides an insight into the nation’s history, local customs and traditions, its people and places, and its successes and achievements.
Includes more than 350 colour photos