The Guernsey Society to publish updated edition of Peter Johnston’s ‘A Short History of Guernsey’

ash_front_coverThe Society is delighted to announce that it has published a completely revised and updated edition of A Short History of Guernsey by Peter Johnston.

Since the original publication first appeared in 1976, it has provided a very popular account of the island’s history to both islanders and tourists.

Peter Johnston wrote his original work whilst living and working in Guernsey. Since then he has retired overseas, and has agreed to cede his copyright royalties to the Guernsey Society, of which he remains a  Vice President, on the condition that the Society updated and reprinted it.

Since the last substantial update in 1994, much has changed in the island. For example, the revised text now includes many archaeological findings (particularly relating to the Roman period) that have come to light since the early 1990s, as well as bringing the history right up to the present day.

The new edition boasts a completely revised format, with a brand new selection of colour illustrations throughout. The revised Appendices that provide a timeline of Guernsey history, and suggestions for further reading.

A Short History of Guernsey will be generally available from October 2014, but we are offering members the opportunity to place their orders at a special pre-publication price – see ‘A Short History of Guernsey’ for details.

Summer 2014 edition of The Review is out now

The Summer 2014 edition of The Review is out now – containing a range of articles on Guernsey past and present.
The Review of the Guernsey Society - Summer 2014

This edition contains the story of Cockleshell, a boat designed by Jonty Sherwill’s grandfather, AJ Barber in 1926, and still going strong. It contains two differing stories of French exiles in the island – Stephen Foote’s tale of Protestant ancestors persecuted in the 1680′s and Sam Clapp’s account of Catholic priests persecuted during the terror of the French Revolution a century later. Peter Keeling tells of a recent visit to Africa with his Guernsey-based charity ‘The Friends of Katete’.

There is also exciting news of a campaign for a Blue Plaque for our founder Sir Donald Banks, a very distinguished Guernseyman, as well as the imminent publication of a revised and updated version of Peter Johnston’s ‘A Short History of Guernsey’, to be published by the Society in October.

All of this in addition to the usual members news, a summary of the recent news from Guernsey and book reviews.

Full details can be found on The Review page.

The Review is published three times a year, and is sent free to all members.

An index of articles from past reviews (1945-present) can be found here, together with details of how copies can be obtained.