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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  8 reviews
The White Island is, and always has been, a magnet for hedonists. Its history reads like a history of pleasure itself. It is also a story of invasions and migrations, of artists and conmen, of drop-outs and love-ins.

The Carthaginians established a cult to their goddess of sex there, and named the island after Bez, their god of dance. Roman centurions in need of a bit of d
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Black Swan (first published June 1st 2004)
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Andrew Schirmer
Those interested in digging deeper can find a fascinating review of this book written by Ibiza-based writer Martin Davies here. ...more
Chris Taylor
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant book on why there is nowhere like Ibiza
Bridget Seley
Poorly researched for a non fiction book, bordering on libelous. It is important to write this review. The information is incorrect for a non fiction book. He writes about my father Stephen Seley and me. I am my father's only child. He writes about me meeting my father for the first time after Saint Patrick's day,which is completely wrong. He gives me the name Rebecca, my name is Bridget. He writes about a situation that never took place,and portrays in a disparaging way. I have contacted him an ...more
Alison Devey
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read

Satisfying mix of history, politics, music and cultural history of a very unique island. Having travelled to Ibiza on many occasions this book is a must read for anyone who loves the place.
Sarah Hamilton
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thorough insight into the Ibiza behind the brochures.
I found the history of Catalan Vs Castilian residents of the island really fascinating.
You can't see Ibiza the same way again after reading this!
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Martin Davies
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My full review can be read by combining ibizahistoryculture and armstrong in any search engine.
Rowland Pasaribu
Jul 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Thanks again Princes Martha for giving me this surprisingly enjoyable and informative book. I had never heard of the island of Ibiza, off the southern Mediterranean coast of Spain, much less knew any of it's history as an outpost of the Mesopotamian, Cartehenian, Roman, French and Spanish empires. But there is something more going on in Ibiza that has insured its' place through the ages as a place of tolerance and barely masked hedonism. This is a wonderful tale of history with fascinating stori ...more
Harry Mccluskey
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read it paints a fantastic picture of old and modern Ibiza .
Makes me want to pack my bags and live on a beach
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