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You have found the first little soldier boy! Well done!
Did you know that Soldier Island is inspired in part by
Burgh Island? Burgh Island is a small
island off the coast of Devon, on the southwest coast of England, not too far
from France. The real Burgh Island is
not quite so isolated and uninhabited as Soldier Island. It has the Burgh Island Hotel, whose art-deco
modern style and colorful ownership over the years inspired Christie’s
background for the house on Soldier Island.
Independently-owned homes are also on the island. Burgh Island played an important role in
WWII– injured soldiers were treated there, and it may have been a meeting place
for Allied leaders. Centuries ago, a
monastery may have been on the island, but if it did exist, most of the
structure has been destroyed. Christie
also used Burgh Island as the inspiration for the setting of Evil Under the Sun.
Here’s something else.
There’s a word written in pencil on the base of the soldier boy
figurine: “Narracott.” Let’s see what
that could mean!