The Wight Book is a lavish, large format, hardback publication that promotes the Isle of Wight as a positive and progressive place to live, work and play. The not-for-profit, independently published book has been two years in the making and within its pages readers will see why the Island is globally recognised for its history, ecology, innovation, outdoor activities, events and entrepreneurial spirit.
The Wight Book was officially launched at Nunwell House in Brading on Friday 7 June with more than 250 guests including the 70 Island business sponsors, 10 photographers, 24 authors and the team of 22 volunteers who helped to make The Wight Book happen. Sponsors of the launch event at Nunwell House were Wight Fibre, West Bay Health Spa, Rouse Limited and Medina Food Services.
Founder Chris Scott said, “Our journey has been a long one. Over two years ago I was hooked on the dream of producing a coffee table book that celebrates everything that is good about the Island we all love. It would be used for inward investment on the Island and be of general public interest. The book would be written by Island authors, with stunning images from the best local photographers, working with local printer, Crossprint. It has been a fantastic Island effort.
“What has amazed me is the level of sponsorship for this book. This is a not-for-profit publication with all net proceeds going to local charities. In approaching the Island’s businesses, I have been amazed at the generosity and interest in this project. I thank everyone who has been involved – including the sponsors of the launch here at Nunwell House today.”
The Wight Book is a collaboration between Chris Scott, designer Brian Marriott and photographer Ben Wood who hope that anyone on the Island browsing this book will feel immense pride. Mainland readers will be astonished at how vibrant, inventive, creative and active this small Island is. “We punch well above our weight,” Chris says.
The book is available to purchase online at www.thewightbook.co.uk and is delivered free to Island addresses. IW Chamber members can purchase copies at £70 which includes a £10 donation to WightAID.