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Stephan Roman

Stephan Roman’s debut book Isle and Empires: Romanov Russia, Britain and the Isle of Wight explores the uneasy partnership between these two powerful empires, highlighting how the Isle of Wight was at the heart of this relationship. It was inspired by the stories of his grandparents who fled the Russia during the revolution in 1917, barely escaping with their lives.

Stephan studied History at the University of Oxford. He has held senior positions in the British Council working in Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East. He became a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in 2012 and was awarded the Romanian Order of Merit for Services to Culture in 2004.

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Isle and Empires

By Stephan Roman

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, as he explores the misunderstandings, suspicions and alliances that created an uneasy partnership between two of the world’s most powerful Empires.


Other Books

The Island

The Island

The new thriller set on the Isle of Wight by local author Mary Grand. The Island – where everyone knows everyone, and secrets are impossible to keep.

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.

Dinosaur Isle in 101 Fossils

Dinosaur Isle in 101 Fossils

A showcase of specimens specially selected by Dinosaur Isle staff to tell the geological history of the Isle of Wight through 101 fossils.


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