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Islander - A Journey Around Our Archipelago

Islander - A Journey Around Our Archipelago

Author: Patrick Barkham

Pages: 351 Size: 25cm x 16cm Hardback ISBN: 9781783781881

20.00

The British Isles are an archipelago made up of two large islands and 6,289 smaller ones.

Some, like the Isle of Man (28 pages of the book) resemble miniature nations, with their own language and tax laws; others, like Ray Island in Essex, are abandoned and mysterious places haunted by myths, ghosts and foxes. There are resurgent islands such as Eigg, which have been liberated from capricious owners to be run by their residents; holy islands like Bardsey, the resting place of 20,000 saints, and still a site of spiritual questing; and deserted islands such as St Kilda, famed for the evacuation of its human population, and now dominated by wild sheep and seabirds.

In this evocative and vividly observed book, Patrick Barkham explores some of the most beautiful landscapes in the British Isles as he travels to ever-smaller islands in search of their special magic. Our small islands are both places of freedom and imprisonment, party destinations and oases of peace, strangely suburban and deeply wild. They are places where the past is unusually present, but they can also offer a vision of an alternative future. Meeting all kinds of islanders, from nuns to puffins, from local legends to rare subspecies of vole, he seeks to discover what it is like to live on a small island, and what it means to be an islander.


Isle of Man Population Atlas

Isle of Man Population Atlas

Author: Paul Craine

Pages: 147 Size: 29cm x 21cm Paperback ISBN 9780993524806

15.00

This Atlas explores some of the most important issues facing the Isle of Man as we approach the 2020s. The Island's Chief Minister is on record as having said that: "The biggest threat to the social and economic future of the Isle of Man.... (is) the demographic reality that our nation is growing older".

The Island's population is vulnerable in other ways too. Between 2006 and 2011 a new trend emerged: the net migration loss of young adults in the 20-24 age range. Since 2011, several indicators suggest that this migration trend has not only continued but that population growth has come to an end. A 23% decline in the number of births since 2010 adds another dimension to the Island's population picture.

This Atlas captures and presents the population through more than 130 imaginative maps and graphs and offers an authoritative commentary on a wide range of population issues.


Made in Summerland

Made in Summerland

Author: Ruth McQuillan-Wilson

Pages: 228 Size: 21cm x 15cm Paperback ISBN 9781907945892

9.99

The author, a Summerland survivor, tells her story through a vivid and evocative examination of events.

This fresh look at the disaster that befell the Isle of Man's most modern holiday complex in 1973 not only sheds new light, but also uncovers many unanswered questions. Some of these questions, particularly about the suitablility of untested modern building materials, have a surprising resonance with more recent events.


Coins of the Isle of Man

Coins of the Isle of Man

Author: Mike Southall

Pages: 466 Size: 30cm x 21cm Paperback ISBN 9780995738706

29.95

This second edition (published April 2017) is a comprehensive reference work of the coins and tokens used and issued in the Isle of Man from earliest times to the present day and is a most useful reference work for anyone with an interest in the island's coins.

The author, Mike Southall, acquired his interest in coins in the Isle of Man when the new decimal series was issued in 1971 . The first offical Manx coins, halfpennies and pennies were issued by the Lord of Mann, James Stanley 10th Earl of Derby, and were made legal tender by an Act of Tynwald on 24th June 1710. Manx coins and a variety of tokens were circulating on the Island until 1939. Thereafter British coins became the only legal currency until decimalisation in February 1971. Also well documented are many Viking hoards together with a mishmash of coins and tokens used in the 17th century.



Mann with Altitude

Mann with Altitude

Author: Jon Wornham

Pages: 32 Size: 21cm x 21cm Paperback ISBN 9781908060150

5.95

Looking down on the world we live in gives us a totally new perspective. The familiar look strange, large becomes tiny, and hidden corners are revealed.

Who for instance has seen that Ballachurry Fort was the shape it is? Who has peered in to the old polar bear cage at Groudle? Who has viewed the blunt prow which is the Point of Ayre?

Expert drone operator and former air traffic controller Jon Wornham opens a window onto the aspect of Mann that most people never see.


Isle of Man Revisited

Isle of Man Revisited

Author: Chris Killip

Pages: 96 Size: 30cm x 30cm Hardback ISBN 9783869309590

40.00

After seeing exhibitions of photography for the first time in New York in 1969, Manxman, Chris Killip, decided to return to the Isle of Man to photograph the place he knew and cared about.

Thirty years after the publication of the resulting first Isle of Man book, he was in the process of preparing for his retrospective exhibition at the Museum Folkwang in Germany and started to re-examine his Isle of Man negatives. He hadn’t had an occasion to think about this work since the first edition of the book was published in 1980. Going through these negatives again he found new images that he now liked, but at the time had overlooked or had not used for reasons that now mystify him. He ended up with 250 photographs that he now thinks of as his Isle of Man archive.

This new version of Isle of Man draws from that archive. The 81 black and white photographs in this edition keep, more or less, to the same order as the original book but he has changed some of the images, added thirty others, and printed them all larger.

The result is a stunning "coffee table" book showing life in the Isle of Man in the early 1970s.


Visions of Mann 2nd Edition

Visions of Mann 2nd Edition

Author: Miles Cowsill, Vicky Harrop and Stan Basnett

Pages: 168 Size: 26cm x 28cm Hardback ISBN 9781907945830

22.95

Visions of Mann is a tour of the Isle of Man made through striking colour images and enlightening captions and so making it a book to be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in the Isle of Man. The book gives the reader a glimpse into why the Isle of Man continues to be such a draw for visitors, new residents and an international business community.

This revised second edition is a chance to see the Isle of Man as you've never seen it before. There are also examples of the immortal words of Manx national poet TE Brown, the work of WH Gill (known for the Manx National Songbook) and others who, over the decades,have captured the spirit of the place in Manx songs and poems.

This beautiful book is also popular as a gift for business clients visiting the Island.


Three Legs In the Irish Sea

Three Legs In the Irish Sea

Author: Trevor Barrett and Simon Park

Pages: 168 Size: 26cm x 23cm Paperback ISBN 9781907945847

15.00

This beautifully produced book is an intriguing combination of photographs, history, conspiracy theories and trivia of the Isle of Man.


Sites and Stories

Sites and Stories

Author: Sara Goodwins

Pages: 108 Size; 17cm x 24cm Paperback ISBN 9781908060082

9.95

Fact or fiction? Most of us read a little of both

This book takes a dozen of the many attractions around the Isle of Man, sets a short story in each of them, and follows the fiction with some factual information about the attraction. Twelve attractions, twelve chapters, twelve stories, twelve sets of information.

So, if you want to know about the oldests working horse tram in the world, the most complete mediaeval castle in Europe, a Victorian House unchanged since its owners left it and a monument to a Liverpool safe maker, read on.

Alternatively, if you prefer to read a crime story, romance, ghost story or science fiction then they're here too.

Something for everyone!


The World's Most Difficult Quiz Volume 2

The World's Most Difficult Quiz Volume 2

Author: Pat Cullen

Pages: 325 Size: 16cm x 24cm Paperbac

9.99

Following the best-selling Voume One, comes this sequel which collects the most taxing questions from early King William's College General Knowledge papers published in the Guardian over many years. Again, the book includes a new and devishly difficult set of questions prepared especially for publication by quizmaster Pat Cullen. A challenge for the most erudite of minds.


Foxgloves

Foxgloves

Author: Pat Skillicorn

Pages: 96 Size: 14cm x 21cm Paperback. ISBN 9781873120361

7.99

This book is a collection of short stories set in the Isle of Man. Though they are different in time and place, they are linked in themes and concerns, all dealing with island life. A sense of increasing pace of change, the impact of modernity and what is lost holds the whole collection together.


Wild Flowers of the Isle of Man

Wild Flowers of the Isle of Man

Author: Andree Dubbledam

Pages: 192 Size:15x22cm Hardback. ISBN 9781899602377

11.99

From describing the Isle of Man's broad variety of wild flower habitats and their respective flora through to helping plant your own wild flower garden this guide contains a wealth of fascinating facts and information. Superb colour photographs throughout.


The Manx Garden

The Manx Garden

Author: Larch Garrad

Pages: 170 Size: 21x27cm Paperback ISBN 9780952401995

16.99

This book is a spectacular celebration of Manx gardens and the gardeners who created them. Beautifully illustrated and informatively written.


Fynoderee

Fynoderee

Author: Alexander Duncan

Pages: 327 Size: 12x19cm Paperback. ISBN 9781899602971

6.95

For Juan Kerruish a boy only ever noticed by the school bullies his world is about to turn upside down. When he meets Bea the Fynoderee a creature thought to exist only in myth he discovers that he carries a message from the past that could change the course of the future.


Mannin for Me

Mannin for Me

Author: John Kitto

Pages: 108 Size: 20x21cm Paperback. ISBN 1873120400

8.99

A brief outline of the Island from a come-over's point of view!


Manx Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies

Manx Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies

Author: Stella Thrower

Pages: 164 Size 14cm x 21cm Paperback ISBN 9780993157813

10.00

The Manx countryside is rich in wildlife, much of which goes unnoticed or is difficult to identify unless you are an expert.

This book will help you recognise the more common insects you are likely to see around the garden and in the wild. It describes and illustrates over a hundred common species and gives the reader essential information for accurate identification. The superbly detailed colour illustrations, with helpful notes and descriptions, will enhance any walk in the country and make this book an ideal guide for naturalists of all ages.


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