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It’s out the bag! ‘Secret Code a book for everyone’- Mitsy J. Ellis-Simpson

- Book launched on June 20, 2017
Mitsy J. Ellis-Simpson’s, local Financial Services Professional, Entrepreneur, Realtor and Humanitarian, now the author of ‘Secret Code: British Virgin Islands’. Photo:Vino/File
Mitsy Ellis-Simpson (left) and daughter, Chelsea Simpson (right) who the book is dedicated too. Photo:Vino/File
Mitsy Ellis-Simpson (left) and daughter, Chelsea Simpson (right) who the book is dedicated too. Photo:Vino/File
Secret Code: British Virgin Islands is about the economic history and people of the British Virgin Islands. It is packed with exclusive content, it is the first ever book that beautifully illustrates the political, economic and social environment of the British Virgin Islands. Photo:Vino/File
Secret Code: British Virgin Islands is about the economic history and people of the British Virgin Islands. It is packed with exclusive content, it is the first ever book that beautifully illustrates the political, economic and social environment of the British Virgin Islands. Photo:Vino/File
Mitsy Ellis-Simpson autographing a copy of her book during the launch on Tuesday June 20, 2017. Photo:Vino/File
Mitsy Ellis-Simpson autographing a copy of her book during the launch on Tuesday June 20, 2017. Photo:Vino/File
Cultural icon Eileene L. Parsons OBE (left) and Mitsy J. Ellis-Simpson (right) during the launch of Secret Code: British Virgin Islands. Photo: Vino/File
Cultural icon Eileene L. Parsons OBE (left) and Mitsy J. Ellis-Simpson (right) during the launch of Secret Code: British Virgin Islands. Photo: Vino/File
Mitsy J. Ellis-Simpson's (left) with husband, Christopher Simpson (right). Photo: VINO
Mitsy J. Ellis-Simpson's (left) with husband, Christopher Simpson (right). Photo: VINO
Mitsy J. Ellis-Simpson donated a copy of her book to Mrs. Luce Hodge-Smith, Department of Education and Culture and Department of Culture. Photo:Vino/File
Mitsy J. Ellis-Simpson donated a copy of her book to Mrs. Luce Hodge-Smith, Department of Education and Culture and Department of Culture. Photo:Vino/File
Mr. Hugo F. Vanterpool, local author, commended Mrs. Mitsy Ellis-Simpson for a job well done. Photo:Vino/File
Mr. Hugo F. Vanterpool, local author, commended Mrs. Mitsy Ellis-Simpson for a job well done. Photo:Vino/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – On Tuesday June 20, 2017, the Territory proudly welcomed local Financial Services Professional, Entrepreneur, Realtor and Humanitarian Mitsy J. Ellis-Simpson’s book, ‘Secret Code: British Virgin Islands’ to its local authors literary collection.

The book launch was held at Old Government House Museum in Road Town on June 20, 2017.

Mrs Ellis-Simpson is the twenty-seventh local author since 2007 to launch her book with the assistance of the Department of Culture. Her book is dedicated to her daughter, Chelsea Simpson.

According to Mrs Ellis-Simpson, “This book is about the economic history and people of the British Virgin Islands. Packed with exclusive content, it is the first ever book that beautifully illustrates the political, economic and social environment of the British Virgin Islands.”

The author further said her book presents a thrilling experience of struggles, triumph and resilience like none other.

“Whether you are an investor, a citizen, a tourist, a student, a financial professional or just a passerby, ‘Secret Code: British Virgin Islands’ is a book for everyone which amplifies our vision of ‘Nature’s Little Secrets’, the British Virgin Islands.”

Major accomplishment

Mr Hugo F. Vanterpool, local author and master of ceremony for the night, gave congratulatory remarks to Mrs Ellis-Simpson.

“I wish to commend Mrs Mitsy Ellis-Simpson for a job well done,” said Mr Vanterpool, adding that such work has been left for old people, mainly because they think that the difficult task of comprising the reference section is a daunting job and old people will have more patience to complete that type of work.

Mrs Luce Hodge-Smith, Director for the Department of Culture also congratulated Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on the authorship of her first book as it is a major accomplishment.

“On behalf of the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Department of Culture, we wish you much success with this book. The Department of Culture is very pleased to have assisted you over the period of weeks bringing you to this big day and we are even more pleased to add yet another book about the Virgin Islands and to add you to our growing list of local authors.

This year, Mitsy Ellis-Simpson’s book is the fourth book launched by the department. Her book joins those launched by some notable authors such as Reuben Vanterpool and Cedric Turnbull.

Mrs Hodge-Smith mentioned that there are two more upcoming launches scheduled to take place in July. ‘Twice She Struck: Story of R. M. S. Rhone’ by Dr Michael Kent will be launched on July 29, 2017 at the Botanical Gardens and at a later date there will be another launching of ‘Lahd Wha Tis Dis’ by Doris Carmona.

Improvements in literary arts

Mrs Hodge-Smith also used the opportunity to encourage aspiring authors to seek assistance from established authors.

Reciting a famous quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Mrs Hodge-Smith said, “The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation.”

She added that the Virgin Islands has seen an increase in books being published and consequently there has been an improvement in literary arts in the Virgin Islands.

Book captures the VI ‘like no other’

Meanwhile, Christopher Simpson, husband of the author, stated that when Mrs Ellis-Simpson first conceptualised the book, she was adamant that it should capture the VI like no other and that it had to present clear and concise facts about the Territory in a thoughtful, analytical, people oriented and in a modern context.

He further explained, “It was written from a place of desire to understand the BVI’s national wonders and an economy that has grown over time, matured in certain respects, face challenges, both past and present, but still continue to demonstrate ambition, fortitude and strength.”

In closing, Ellis-Simpson encouraged everyone to take a glimpse of the ‘Secret Code: British Virgin Islands’, adding that “This beautiful country is our business and I am happy that I can share this book with you.”

During the launch, book donations were made to the Ministry of Education and Culture, Department of Culture, Archives Unit and the Library Services Department.

17 Responses to “It’s out the bag! ‘Secret Code a book for everyone’- Mitsy J. Ellis-Simpson”

  • foxy (21/06/2017, 12:45) Like (20) Dislike (30) Reply
    Every tom dick and harry writing book well sah
    • Interested (21/06/2017, 18:42) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      It would be interesting to know how many books these 27 authors have sold internationally
      • Buy one, das 1 and counting! (23/06/2017, 09:27) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        How will they be sold Internationally? with people like you obviously not supporting!!!!
    • ... (21/06/2017, 19:57) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      There's not much holding it off now.
  • Admirer (21/06/2017, 12:56) Like (10) Dislike (5) Reply
    Congratulations Mitsy Ellis. I always thought you had that potential. I'm looking forward to the second and Third.
  • Spud (21/06/2017, 13:01) Like (13) Dislike (16) Reply
    Every body trying to be relevant. go .
  • Neighbor Angie (21/06/2017, 13:09) Like (12) Dislike (5) Reply
    Congratulations Mitsy, continue to do great things
  • Keep going (21/06/2017, 13:49) Like (14) Dislike (8) Reply
    Everyone is writing a book as a means to earn a passive income. Furthermore you can pay someone to write it for you also. Then you can sell your book online and watch the monies roll in 24/7. Congratulations you have establish your passive income.
  • Just saying (21/06/2017, 14:15) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    Great read
  • Missy (21/06/2017, 15:57) Like (12) Dislike (8) Reply
    Is not a local artist. Everybody wants to stay relevant by claiming to write books...just come on the last banana boat. Say no more
  • Christian Choucoutou (21/06/2017, 16:53) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    Congratulations Mrs Ellis-Simpson! I am looking forward to reading your book .
  • well done (21/06/2017, 22:05) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Congrats Mitsy!! Do your thang girl!!
  • Reader (22/06/2017, 09:22) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    $49 a copy?!!
  • Read (22/06/2017, 15:58) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Might be useful as bookends for my worthy reading materials!
  • Evil Heart and Mind (22/06/2017, 22:39) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    The many 'dislikes' I see here on the blogs I have to wonder if these people have children. People I quote " What comes from the heart enters the heart." Stop breeding hate and negativity in your heart for and towards people, it will manifest itself one day in your life. Instead try to cultivate happy thoughts and wish people well.It will come back to you as blessings. Hope your kids are not around listening if you are spewing your ill from your mouth.
  • Classmate (23/06/2017, 21:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good read. Love the book. Congrats Ms. Ellis.
  • Girls Brigade (24/06/2017, 07:23) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Misty I watched you from a tiny little girl coming up. So proud of you little miss. All the best.


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