Bermuda Books and Bookstores
Well, if you like to do some reading before coming to Bermuda, or buy books from an island bookstore on your subject of interest, you are at the right place.
We have been coming to this island since many years. Over time, I have developed diverse interests about Bermuda in areas like travel & tours, history, people & culture, nature & wildlife, architecture and beyond. This island keeps fascinating me.
In my sections below, I have reviewed a number of books and bookstores in Bermuda, and expressed my own opinion about the books that I have read. They are arranged by categories. The last section of this page gives information about the best book stores in Bermuda.
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This is my latest section. Being a travel writer myself and publisher of this website, I had been repeatedly approached by many viewers to write e-Books on Bermuda. While I can not and should not review my own creations, I do believe that these e-books bring out the real Bermuda in all aspects and provide everything that you need to know about Bermuda including its lovely beaches, tourist attractions, guided & self guided best tours, activities, shopping, dining, nightlife and more with every possible details and colorful pictures.
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Other Travel Books & Guides
Hiking Bermuda by Cecile Davidson
A guide book of 160 pages of 20 nature walks and day hikes with extensive content on Bermuda's back roads and the Bermuda Railway Trail. My favorite sections include the stunning view at Abbott's Cliff, and the quiet landscape at Hog Bay Park. This guide book is great for self-guided enthusiasts who want to experience Bermuda's hidden gems on foot.
Insight Guide Bermuda by Brian Bell
From the most popular resort cities to the most exotic villages, this Bermuda guide captures the unique culture of Bermuda with an insider's perspective. You get full-color photography on every page, and there are also color maps of Bermuda.
The book includes, brief introduction including historical events and timeline, lively descriptions by local writers on the culture, history, and people, expert evaluations on best of sightseeing. It also has listings of the best restaurants, budget accommodations, luxury hotels, and attractions, as well as information on getting around the island.
This is part of Lonely Planet publications. Its sections on hotels, restaurants, entertainment, are excellent. Coverage of things to see and do, sports and other activities are precise and very full. The sections on history and culture are also very nice, very well written, easy-to-read, making this truly enjoyable reading for everyone.
Bermuda Travel Adventures - by Blair Howard (Hunter Travel Guides)
I found this to be a nice to have travel guidebook of Bermuda although some areas require updates (for example some restaurants and operators mentioned cease to exist).
There is an emphasis on outdoor adventures - hiking, scuba diving, golfing, fishing, snorkeling, swimming. An underwater section profiles the top dive spots and shipwrecks, with contact names and numbers of local operators. Sightseeing and walking tours are also covered to a fair details. There are nice photos and maps included in the guidebook.
A Naturalist's Field Guide to Bermuda - by Dr. Martin Thomas
This is an exploration of Bermuda's common and important wildlife, plantations and geology. Click Review of Bermuda Field Guide for detailed review of the book that has been published recently.
Great books on Bermuda's history
I have dived deep into Bermuda's captivating history and ended up writing my own section about Bermuda's history in this website.
Here are all my findings about Bermuda's fascinating history: Bermuda History. But if you have a lot more appetite, you will need to read some serious books on Bermuda's history.
Here are some of the best ones that I have come across.
The Story of Bermuda and Her People by William Zuill.
This is a concise, thorough and very readable book on Bermuda's history. It starts from early 1600 when George Somers arrived. An excellent introduction to the islands, it features many photographs and an up-to-date awareness of post-colonial history. The book has depicted personal reminiscence and human endeavor, as well as a shown Bermuda's vital role in developing this part of the world. It's great for a first-time traveler to Bermuda - a fascinating place and far more than just lovely pink sandy beaches, as brought out by this book.
Born into Slavery in Bermuda in the late 18th century, Mary Prince was the first woman slave who herself wrote an account of her slavery life in this book. It was published in 1831 by the Anti-Slavery Society in 1831 in London and Edinburgh. It became the best seller in that year with three editions sold. It's a classic that provides a rare glimpse into the life of a female slave.
Hall of History - Graham Foster
If you visit the Commissioner's House at the National Museum of Bermuda, you will find the 1,000 square feet wall mural Hall of History created by a Bermudian artist Graham Foster. It took him over 7,000 hours of work to capture the deep heritage and history of Bermuda since early 1600s. The mural depicts details starting from early settlement in the island up to the modern time.
A 14" X 14" coffee table book is now available with section by section high quality pictures of the mural and explaining each part in great details. The text has been written by Rosemary Jones who was the former Editor of The Bermudian magazine. The book retails for $65 and is available at all the major stores in the island.
Some of the other great books on Bermuda history are:
Books on Bermuda Diving and Shipwrecks
Treasure! A Diver's Life - By Teddy Tucker, the legendary wreck diver of Bermuda
I had been waiting for this book since I met Teddy and his wife Edna in 2005, and heard from him about his life as a scuba diver. He had spent all his life in underwater exploration, discovered over 250 shipwrecks all over the world and collected invaluable treasures from the wrecks. I knew that some day he would come out with a book that will capture the amazing stories and his discoveries around them. Finally the book has been published in November 2011 and is available exclusively at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute for $59.95. If you like to know more about this book and his life, then check out Teddy Tucker & His Book.
Bermuda Shipwrecks: A Vacationing Diver’s Guide to Bermuda’s Shipwrecks
If you have interest in diving, you will surely enjoy this book by Daniel Berg. But mind it, it's a beginners book only. If you are looking for great details about Bermuda's shipwrecks, this is not the book for you. The book refers to many stories from my favorite diver - Teddy Tucker. I have been inspired by this book to write my own section on Bermuda Shipwrecks.
Diving Bermuda, published by Aqua Quest Publishers, is a popular diving guide book. Also check out this link to know about unmatched scuba diving in Bermuda
As a diver, you will also be interested in flora and fauna in Bermuda's Atlantic waters. Wiley Publishing is one of the top publishers in Bermuda and here is a great book published by them: Marine Fauna and Flora of Bermuda.
Bermuda Books on Art and Architecture
There are two books that describe the Bermudian style of Art and Architecture quite well.
Books and Documentaries on Bermuda's Music
Dale Butler, Bermuda's former Minister of Culture wrote to me about several great books that he had written on Bermuda's Music. His 500 page book Music on the Rock is one of the most comprehensive books on Bermuda's local music. It was updated from his earlier version Jazz on the Rock after several years of effort.
Some of the other great books and documentaries written by him include:
My Blue Heaven: This book is about the life story and achievements of Bermuda's one of the greatest trumpet player Ghandi Burgess.
Five Profiles in Harmony: The lives of 5 Warwick Musicians
Bermuda Triangle Stories
Many writers have attempted to explain the mystery of Bermuda Triangle. I don't think anyone has really solved it. The disappearance of ships and airplanes occurred within a triangular area whose corners were Miami, Puerto Rico and Bermuda. Writers dubbed this area as the Bermuda Triangle. Here are my findings about Bermuda Triangle and its mystery.
Some of my favorite books on Bermuda triangle are:
Other Island Books
Pink Rock - An adventure novel by Ron Lacey
This thrilling novel is about a plot to invade Bermuda with a nuclear weapon that is aimed at the United States. This "Indiana Jones" type adventure combines the story line with Bermuda.
As a repeat visitor to Bermuda (now 43 times), Ron has injected his love for the island in a story that features a character who is based on his late best friend and his wild & exotic exploits. It was a huge hit with the members of the Sandys Rotary Club in Bermuda, which Ron is a constant repeat visitor. Actually, two of the club members are characters in his novel. Over 300 copies of the book have already been sold including about 100 in Bermuda itself.
The Golden Age of Bermuda Postcards - By Horst Augustinovic’s
A Different Kind Of Bermuda - by Malaikah
Bermuda's youngest author, 8-year old girl Malaikah Abdul Jabbar has been taking the island and the tourists by storm. She had earlier written the book "Stop The Shooting" when the father of her classmate was shot and killed. She was so badly affected by this that she wanted to make her voice felt, which she did. The book was completely sold out and there was no second print made. So it's no longer available other than in libraries. Due to this huge success in April 2010, Malaikah became the youngest presenter in the 55-year history of the International Reading Association (IRA) conference in Chicago. She was only 7 years old then. Now she has come out with her second book "A Different Kind Of Bermuda". It's all about how an 8-year old looks at Bermuda and its people.
Some very nice bookstores in Bermuda
Bermuda Book Store: Opened in 1930, this bookstore is located at 3-Queen Street, Hamilton at the corner of Queen Street and Front Street. It's owned by Hannah Willmott. She also has a similar bookstore at Clocktower Mall located at the Dockyard at the west end.
The shops are known for their cozy atmospheres and are well stocked with best sellers, children's books, and special Bermuda titles (including some out-of-print books). A narrow staircase leads to more books upstairs. The store gives you a feel like that of an old library.
Bookmart, the largest bookstore of Bermuda, has plenty of contemporary titles and classics. Here you will get a complete selection of books on Bermuda. Address: Brown & Company, 4 Reid St., Hamilton, Bermuda. There are also books based on meditation, alternative medicine, numerology, martial arts, philosophy, yoga etc. If you are interested in these, some of the best books are available at the shop called 'Metaphysical', owned by Kelvin Richardson (Address: 77 Reid Street, Hamilton City).
The Book Cellar: It's located at the Tucker House Basement, Water Street, St. George. It has a good selection of Bermudian books and an assortment of novels by English and American authors. There are books on marine and historical titles. The Book Cellar has a delightfully little collection of used and near-antique books as well. For the true bookworm, it's worth a stop.
Location: Water Street, Town of St. George, Phone: (441)297-0448
Ship's Inn Book Gallery
This book store, located at the Clocktower Mall in Dockyard is run by Sherlyn Swan. There are assortment of used books with some rare ones as well. The new books are mostly about the island. Clocktower Building, Dockyard, Phone: (441)234-2807. Update: The store has closed down.
Washington Mall Magazine
Great selection of magazines and periodicals. You will also get best sellers for beach, children's books, and coffee-table publications on Bermuda.Location: Washington Mall, Reid Street, Hamilton City, Phone: (441)292-7420. Update: The store has closed down.
Adventist Book Center. 41, King Street, Hamilton City
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