Enchanted Isles review – January Magazine, Holiday Gift Guide: Non-Fiction

Another great review, this time from January Magazine in their list of gift books for 2007

Enchanted Isles: The Southern Gulf Islands by David A.E. Spalding, photography by Kevin Oke (Harbour Publishing) 144 pages

Spalding and Oke chronicle and celebrate a special part of the world — the magical islands nestled between the southern most part of mainland British Columbia and Vancouver Island. And they do it in a way that hasn’t been done before. The southern Gulf Islands are up there as one of the most popular destinations in the region. These two long time Gulf Islanders are the perfect duo to present this area, from the most populated island, Saltspring, with 12,000 residents, to tiny unpopulated D’Arcy almost straddling the American/Canadian border. Spalding’s unusual textual treatment is as layered and unexpected as the islands themselves. Coffee table books like this are usually read; this one you experience. Somehow the flavour has gone into the mix along with the ingredients; how did they do that? The people, the places and the history all visually unfold on the page. A stunning gift book or to grace your own coffeetable. — Cherie Thiessen


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