Almost an Island: the Story of Robe came about after independent publishing house Wakefield Press approached best-selling author Liz Harfull in 2007 to explore the concept of creating a book about Robe. With the last major publication about the town dating back to the early 1960s, they thought it was well and truly time another book was published to celebrate the history, people and beauty of this special place.
As someone with a long-standing connection to the town, Wakefield Press publicity director Angela Tolley was responsible for kick-starting the concept. Angela’s family owned the historic Robe Hotel for most of the last century, taking up residence there every summer. It was a home away from home where her father caught fish for the hotel dining room and she and her brothers were part of the local beach culture. Today Angela and her husband Neil own a house at Robe and spend as much time there as possible.
The District Council of Robe came on board in 2009 as a supporter of the project, providing in-kind support to the author through the resources of its office, library and history centre as she began the long task of researching the book. Then in 2011 the council generously contributed $10,000 to Wakefield Press to help cover production costs.
The initial manuscript was finished in 2012, and then began the long process of editing and design.
The book is now due for release in late 2013.
Almost an Island: the Story of Robe is a hard-back book of 288 pages, 260 x 2 10 mm, and full colour throughout. Recommended Retail Price: $49.95