Thomas Kermode Roberts - The Courteous Captain
Pages: 108 Size: 15cm x 21cm Paperback
£10.00 It must be difficult to imagine what it must have been like to travel as a passenger to and from the Isle of Man on the paddle steamers of the late 1800s. The Masters entrusted with the safety of the crew, tourists, mail and goods transported aboard the Isle of Man Steam Packet vessels possessed almost super human quantities of valour, seamanship, hardiness and courtesy. Having worked their way up through the ranks to learn the trade, those who succeeded were quite rightly held in high esteem by their employers and the travelling public alike. Not many records still exist, but newpapers of the day served as a worthy source to experience the exciting and sometimes perilous adventures of one such Master Mariner. This new book by Ruth Sheard is the story of Captain Thomas Kermode Roberts' life on the ocean wave and his contribution to Manx seafaring history The Lifeboat Baronet - Launching the RNLI
Pages; 190 Size 16cm x 24cm Hardback ISBN 9780752490014
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is a treasured charity whose mission is to save lives at sea, but what is known of its founder, Sir William Hillary?
Back in the nineteenth century, when death from a shipwreck was a tragic reality of life, the handsome, charismatic and adventurous Hillary decided to atone for his chequered past to do someting to prevent it. His journey from Regency rake to national hero led him to leave his family in Liverpool, travel abroad, mingle with royalty, marry an heiress and, during the Napoleonic Wars, head the largest volunteer army in Britain. Then financial and marital catastrophe struck. Forced to seek exile on the Isle of Man , a harrowing shipwreck inspired his historic campaign. Having battled to found the National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck (today's RNLI) in 1824, Hillary's commitment never faltered. He frequently took to the lifeboats in Douglas, braving terrifying storms and saving hundreds of lives, despite never learning to swim! The Beekeeper of Glenmay
Pages: 68 Size: 30cm x 21cm Paperback
Most histories feature kings and generals but this one is about a Manx grocer, Lancelot Quayle (1865-1950), but don't let that put you off, he is more interesting than you might think!
The author tells the story based on the life of Lancelot Quayle and his family, which paints a picture of Glenmay a century ago. Me and Ellan Vannin
Pages: 199 Size; 19cm x 13cm Paperback ISBN 9780956455338
In the hot summer of 1942 a seven year old girl and her mother arrived on the Isle of Man from Manchester.
A week's holiday in the tiny village of Sulby was to be an opportunity to spend time with her father, an airman stationed at nearby Jurby. But as war raged throughout Europe, their stay in Sulby turned from weeks to months, and eventually to years. This is the story of how one child adapted to the enormous changes that war brought, and how rural life a world away from anything familiar eventually became the very epitome of "home". Pitkin's P.A. - My Life With Sir Norman Wisdom
Pages: 150 Size: 13cm x 21cm Paperback ISBN 9781907945021
Isle of Man resident, Sir Norman Wisdom O.B.E., may have been small in stature, yet he was a giant of comedy. But what was he like behind closed doors?
The author, Ann Axe, became his Personal Assistant in 1994. She remained his loyal companion until dementia took hold of Norman's once razor-sharp mind and he had to be admitted to a nursing home for specialist care. This book is a fun filled, behind the scenes account of what it was like to live and work alongside one of Britain's funniest comedians. Isaac Barrow: His Life and Legacy
Pages: 136 Size 16cm x 24cm Paperback ISBN 9780956206466
This biography of Isaac Barrow shows that he was the Isle of Man's first great social reformer and even today, over 400 years later, young people in the Island still benefit from his benefactions and the educational charities he endowed.
Isaac Barrow was on the Isle of Man during some of its most turbulent times at the end of the 17th century. The recent execution of llliam Dhone had created a focus of festering resentment and the Island's economy had suffered through uncertainties of the English Civil War.Its people, though hard-working, were for the most part ill-educated, neglected and impoverished and radical measures were needed to rebuild the Island. Barrow's vision, energy and practical resourcefulness meant that the Manx people benefitted immeasurably from his endeavours.He re-ordered the Island's laws, strengthened the quality and welfare of the clergy, impoved communications and the regulation of commerce, porvided elementary education for every child, and endowed grammar and academic schools throughout the Island. Henry Bloom Noble - A Life and Work of His Trust
Pages: 63 Size 15cm x 23cm Paperback ISBN 0954718038
Henry Bloom Noble is still easily the Isle of Man's most generous benefactor. He came to the Island from Cumberland in 1835 at the age of nineteen with few possessions, yet in the 1860s he was considered the richest man in Douglas. In 1903 he died a widowerer without children and left nearly all his money and estate for charitable purposes.
As a resuult, his trustees were able to finance a new hospital in Douglas, St Ninian's Church, Noble's Park and Noble's Baths, and a cottage hospital in Ramsey. This account traces the often contoversial story of how Noble became rich and how his trustees spent his money after his death. The Anglo-Manxman: A Life of A.W.Moore
Pages: 176 Size 18cm x 24cm Paperback ISBN 9780956206428
Although he died at the early age of 56, Moore was a lifelong whirlwind of energy. Born in 1853, the heir to Moores sailcloth works at Tromode and to the grand house of Cronkbourne, he had extensive connections in Londons high society and was educated at Rugby and Cambridge. Its this side of his life which has led Robert Fyson to choose the title The Anglo-Manxman, but despite his cosmopolitan background and indefatigable travelling, Moore chose to base his life in the Isle of Man.
He became not only Speaker of the House of Keys but also an extraordinarily prolific author on Manx subjects, and was involved in numerous aspects of local life. As well as history he wrote on Manx folklore, climate, archaeology, place names, ballads and music as well as producing an Anglo-Manx dictionary, and a history of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company. Meanwhile his travels took him frequently to Europe, and as far afield as Egypt and the Holy Land in the east and the USA, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean in the west. The Manx Giant: The Amazing Story of Arthur Caley
87 pages Size: 15cm x 22cm Paperback ISBN 9780956206442
This book tells the remarkable story of Arthur Caley who was born in Sulby in 1824, and who grew to become one of the tallest men in the world. At 7'11" and weighing over 25 stone Caley was a phenomenon, a force of nature around whom myth and legend quickly sprang up. At an early age he left the Island to find fame and fortune and appeared in freak shows around the United Kingdom and Europe. The book brings together all the known facts to create a fascinating and fitting tribute to one of the most colourful characters in Manx history.
Charles Kerruish: Manx Politician Commonwealth Parliamentarian
Pages: 271 Size: 16x25cm Paperback ISBN 0952401983
Readily acknowledged as the most dominant Manx politician of the second half of the twentieth century the story of Sir Charles Kerruish and that of the Island during this period are closely intertwined. Throughout his political career he worked tirelessly and aggressively towards achieving far greater self-governemnt for the Island and this was done against his background of family man and hard working farmer.
Pages: 130 Size: 23x18cm Paperback
A collection of memories and anecdotes about Mona Douglas a Manx writer and Centenarian.
T.E.Brown - An Anthology
Pages: 124 Size: 25x21cm Paperback isbn 0952401924
This anthology of the Isle of Man's National Poet not only introduces him and his works to first-time readers but also contains interesting explanations and notes to help understand the words and situations which are no longer part of our modern life.
Lucky Little Devil
Pages: 104 Size: 30x21cm Hardback ISBN 9781907945038
In this book which includes previously unpublished photographs from his own treasured collection Sir Norman Wisdom proudly welcomes the reader into the Isle of Man home he designed himself and takes you on a round-island tour to some of his favourite places.Lavishly illustrated with stunning photographs of the Island and Sir Norman's career the book also tells the amazing rise of one of Britain's greatest comedy legends
New Manx Worthies
Pages: 494 Size: 22x30cm Hardback. ISBN 0954718046
This book brings together the biographies of over 230 important and influential characters who have made their mark on the Isle of Man over the past 120 years. This is required reading for anyone who wants to know more about the people who made the Isle of Man what it is today.