The Summerland Disaster on the Isle of Man: Background information when reading Someday, Maybe

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Someday, Maybe

A Novel

by Onyi Nwabineli

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The Summerland Disaster on the Isle of Man

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Photograph taken from a distance of the burnt-out remains of the Summerland complex, after it was destroyed by a fire in August 1973 In the novel Someday, Maybe by Onyi Nwabineli, photographer Quentin Morrow was scheduled to go on a photography retreat on the Isle of Man before his death. In the middle of the Irish Sea, the Isle of Man is an island with its own parliament, customs, history and a population of over 80,000. While technically a Crown Dependency (owned by the British Crown), it is a self-governing territory and not part of the United Kingdom. Approximately equidistant from Scotland, Wales, Ireland and England, its 221 square miles include mountains, grasslands, farmlands and rugged coastline. When Quentin's wife Eve attends the retreat on the island in his absence, she reminisces about visiting a favorite spot called Summerland, and recalls learning about a tragic event there: "When we were here before, Q listened raptly as our tour guide spoke about the fire of '73, which ripped the old leisure center to pieces and claimed the lives of fifty people. It had been rebuilt and the adjoining aquadrome ...

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