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Sealand by Dylan Taylor-Lehman


The True Story of the World's Most Stubborn Micronation

Dylan Taylor-Lehman

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Category: History, Non-fiction
Imprint: Icon Books Ltd
Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
Publication date: 3 Sep 2020
ISBN: 9781785786662

The raucous, stranger-than-fiction tale of Sealand - the tiny island nation off the Suffolk coast.

4 stars out of 5
Travis Elborough
5 Sep 2020

"Dylan Taylor-Lehman sees the rusting North Sea platform as a proud principality rather than a base for shady offshore business"

Taylor-Lehman also mentions that this is an area with a proud heritage of non-conformity, and he sees Sealand in the continuum of such experimental communities as the Land Colony at Hadleigh — though it seems to me more in the spirit of the plot land settlements of Canvey Island, where dreams of autonomous self-sufficiency were pursued in converted railway carriages on strips of unwanted marshland. Film rights have, apparently, been sold many times over, yet nothing has come of it, and a reality TV show also failed to get beyond a pilot. Which seems rather a pity, because there’s a kind of tooled-up TOWIE crying out to be made here.