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Ruth Druart

A mother faces a heartbreaking choice in Ruth Druart’s internationally bestselling story of love and courage in World War 2. While Paris Slept is Ruth’s debut novel and has been sold in 21 countries. Woman and Home describes it as “A gripping tale of love and sacrifice. Perfectly paced and plotted, and evocatively written”.

Ruth grew up on the Isle of Wight, moving away at the age of eighteen to study psychology at Leicester University. She has lived in Paris since 1993, where she has followed a career in teaching. She has recently taken a sabbatical, so that she can follow her dream of writing full-time. Her second novel, The Last Hours in Paris will be published in July 2022.

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Edited by Franko Figueiredo-Stow and Caroline Diamond

Out on an Island

Based on deeply personal testimonies and factual research, Out on An Island presents a rich and diverse portrayal of Isle of Wight LGBTQ+ history. Shining a light on stories of struggle and truth shared through recorded oral histories, this is a book which unearths a public history and cultural heritage hidden for over a century.

Published 14th February 2022


Other Books

Start with a Hole in the Ground

It all Started with a Hole in the Ground

This book is a collection of memories from the many people who put their efforts into making the West Wight Sports and Community Centre.

Inside Parkhurst

Inside Parkhurst

After 28 years working as a prison officer, with 22 years at HMP Parkhurst, once one of Britain’s most high security prisons. Inside Parkhurst is his raw, uncompromising look at what really goes on behind the massive walls and menacing gates.

Isle and Empires

Isle and Empires

The tumultuous story of the Romanovs and their enigmatic relationship with Britain is brought to life in Stephan Roman’s Isle and Empires – Romanov Russia, Britain and the Isle of Wight


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– Mason Cooley

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