250 Year History Book
In honour of the 250 years since the first settlement of the islands, the Seychelles Tourism Board is producing a history book describing the circumstances of that first settlement and the history of Seychelles since that time, up to the modern day.
STB have asked its consultant and local author, Glynn Burridge to act as coordinator of the project and he has engaged a number of local authors to assist in compiling the book.
The aim of the book is to provide an episodic account of the 250-year history of Seychelles which is divided into four sections: the period before settlement; the French period up to 1812; the British period up to 1972 and the modern period up to the present day. Typically, each of the main periods will be divided into five chapters, each dealing with significant moments within that period of between 14 and 20 pages together with supporting documents, maps and images.
Renowned local artists Michael Adams and Frances Chang-Him have been asked to contribute a number of pencil sketches to illustrate each chapter and cast into relief a particular aspect of its history, all of which are expected to greatly enhance the publication.
The local authors who have been asked to contribute chapters are: Glynn Burridge; former minister Bernard Shamlaye; Philippe Michaud; Bernard Georges; William McAteer; Penda Choppy; Tony Mathiot; Richard Touboul and Marie France Watson. The authors have been asked to complete their chapters by end of October 2019 at which point the design of the book by Ms. Eileen Hoareau of the STB will commence.
This history book which will appear in hardback with colour illustrations is 425 pages long, and has just been printed in Dubai with the books due to be delivered shortly to Seychelles.
The history book in question has been printed and delivered and I can honestly say it exceeds our expectations with its sublime design work and beautifully rendered text and images. I think we can look forward to this book being printed in many future editions as a memorable addition to the pantheon of books about Seychelles, its people, culture and history.