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Then and Now Around the Isle of Man - Classic Isle of Man Views from the 1870s to the 1960s Compared to Modern Day Images

Then and Now Around the Isle of Man - Classic Isle of Man Views from the 1870s to the 1960s Compared to Modern Day Images

Author: Compiled by Miles Cowsill, Steve Jackson & Charles Guard

Pages: 138 Size: 25cm x 23cm Hardback ISBN9781907945175

19.50

This book explores the dramatic changes to the Island's industrial, residential and coastal landscape over the last 120 years. Instigated by steamships full of tourists in the 1970's, architects and engineers worked tirelessly to adapt the Island's basic infrastructure, creating railways, promenades, tramways, grand hotels and visitor attractions in the process.

Today the Isle of Man has changed dramatically from those bygone days as the book illustrates drawing on historic illustrations and with the modern day camera.


Looking Back - Isle of Man Holidays

Looking Back - Isle of Man Holidays

Pages: 128 Size: 20cm x 30cm Paperback ISBN 9781911177265

16.95

How did the Isle of Man become a favourite tourist destination?

The Isle of Man has been a popular holiday destination since the middle of the 19th century. Cheap travel, the advent of worker's annual holidays and the beginnings of a new tourism industry led to a boom in visitor numbers which has continued right up to the present day.

What is it about the Isle of Man that has kept people coming? Find out what the attractions were in the early days right through to the peak years and beyond in this fascinating and well illustrated book.


Manx Tholtans Volume 2

Manx Tholtans Volume 2

Author: Ray Kelly

Pages: 144 Size: 28cm x 22cm Hardback ISBN 9781911177272

19.95

In this second photographic essay, photographer and local historian Ray Kelly revisits more hidden 'Tholtans' (a Manx word describing the ruins of old homes). This new work is further complemented by some of the author's colourful retelling of local stories and fables.

The author's passion for his subject matter shines through as these incredibly photogenic buildings, most of which are well off the beaten track, offer a glimpse of genuine Manx culture and heritage from times that are fast disappearing into history.


A Guide to the Archaeological Sites of the Isle of Man Up to AD1500

A Guide to the Archaeological Sites of the Isle of Man Up to AD1500

Author: Andrew Johnson & Allison Fox

Pages: 235 Size: 24cm x 12cm Paperback ISBN 9780955404351

14.99

The Isle of Man has been inhabited for nearly 10,000 years and as a result is exceptionally rich in archaeolgical remains, many of which are easily accessible by the public and are often found in spectacular sites around the island. This guide will enhance any visit to ancient churches, great castles, stone circles, cairns and burial mounds and is the perfect pocket companion for anyone wanting to explore these treasures and learn more about the complete history of the Manx people from the earliest times.

Organised into their parishes, each site covered in the book features a map reference, clear instructions on how to get there, details of any walking involved and an indication of wheelchair access. The texts bring together the latest research and interpretation of the sites in an informative and accessible way.


Two Fish For the Summit - Life and Work on the Manx Mountain

Two Fish For the Summit - Life and Work on the Manx Mountain

Author: Sara Goodwins

Pages: 32 Size 21cm x21cm Paperback ISBN 9781908060174

5.95

Quite a lot happens on Snaefell. The Snaefell Mountain Railway goes up it, the TT Races go round it, the mine went under it, sheep farming happens all over it, and the Summit Hotel, radio masts and air traffic control communications cluster at the top. Its peace masks a hive of industry.

And why the title to this book? Whilst the author was speaking with Snaefell Mountain Railway staff to research the book, a call came over the radio "two fish for the summit." The hotel needed them for a special dinner and, like everything else, the only way to get them up the mountain was on the Victorian Railway.


A Brief History of the Isle of Man (Edition 2)

A Brief History of the Isle of Man (Edition 2)

Author: Sara Goodwins

Pages: 160 Size: 17cm x 24cm Paperback ISBN 9781908060167

12.95

With parliamentary traditions introduced by the Vikings, the Isle of Man was the first country to give women the vote. Much of its public transport hasn't changed since Victoria was on the throne, yet the island is the fifth in the space race. Famed for its motorcycle racing and tailless cats, it's still traditional to greet people when crossing the Fairy Bridge.

In the middle of the Irish Sea, the Isle of man has been drawn into the politics of the surrounding islands, yet maintains its own traditions, language and way of life.

It is this proud history of the Manx and their island which this book celebrates.


Melbourne Bound - From the Neb to the Yarra

Melbourne Bound - From the Neb to the Yarra

Author: Barbara Greenwood

Pages: 121 Size; 15cm x 24cm Paperback ISBN 9781527200210

14.95

"Eureka! We have gold - gold in abundance!"

So proclaimed the Geelong Advertiser in July 1851. *It was news that travelled fast, and, with the promise of riches, two small boats, built on the River Neb in Peel, made the hazardous journey to the River Yarra in Melbourne, Australia.

This engaging book is their story and provides a faithful and lively account of the journeys of these two ships, Vixen and Peveril, showing just how remarkable their expeditions were. It is no wonder that the descendants of those involved are so proud of their forebears, or that their exploits are still talked about in both countries.

The author is the two times great grand daughter of John Mylchreest, the first master of the Peveril


The Wonders of Mann

The Wonders of Mann

Author: Charles Guard

Pages: 116 Size: 21cm x 27cm Paperback ISBN 9780993157851

12.50

The Isle of Man has been inhabited for nearly 10,000 years. During that time some remarkable structures have been created. The earliest remains are just simple flint tools for hunting and cooking, but during the Bronze and Iron Ages the islanders created some impressive monuments, many of which survive today.
As civilisation developed, the island's inhabitants started building defensive structures such as forts and castles, and religious buildings such as keeills and churches.

Nowadays, by a twist of fate, the Isle of Man is guardian to some extraordinary relics of the past such a the biggest waterwheel in the world, a unique camera obscura, the oldest surviving electric tram system, the world's only horse tram system, the world's oldest continuous parliament, and much else besides.

This book is a celebration of all these wonders, natural and man-made.


Lonan - A Collection of Images Through the Years

Lonan - A Collection of Images Through the Years

Author: Andrew Scarffe

Pages: 76 Size: 21cm x 21cm Paperback ISBN 9781911177104

9.95

From remote upper hills, through green and fertile lower lying farmland, to precipitous coastal cliffs, the parish of Lonan contains some of the most beautiful and dramatic scenery on the Isle of Man.

This album takes the reader on a photographic journey through the parish, from the cliffs of Bulgham Bay in the north to the narrow gauge railway at Groudle Glen in the south; through agriculture, mining and transport; summer tourists to deep winter snows. Rarley seen images from over one hundred years ago are complemented by more recent views, the vast majority of which have never been previously published


Those Were the Days Volume 4 - More Collected Images from the Isle of Man's Past

Those Were the Days Volume 4 - More Collected Images from the Isle of Man's Past

Author: Richard Davis

Pages: 96 Size: 21cm x 21cm Hardback ISBN 9781911177074

16.95

This volume continues the theme of the previous three volumes by responding to requests from readers to include scenes that have undergone great alterations over the years and to feature images of shops and other premises that disappeared some time ago.

Always of interest is the area around Douglas Harbour and along the promenades and the opportunity has been taken to add some images taken when this area was in the process of dramatic change.

The pictures have been collated from the archives of Manx Press Pictures, the Keig Collection, the iMuseum and from the author's own collection.


Manx Tholtans Volume 1

Manx Tholtans Volume 1

Author: Ray Kelly

Pages: 144 Size: 28cm x 22cm Hardback ISBN 9781911177135

19.95

This wonderful photographic journey explores some of the remaining 'Tholtans' (a Manx word describing the ruins of old homes),

Local historian and photographer Ray Kelly has been documenting these hidden treasures for many years and this volume presents some of his favourites. As well as being a fascinating and photogenic subject, these buildings also paint a picture of Manx life as it was in past times - truly a voyage exploring aspects of Manx culture and heritage which are fast disappearing.

To complement the history of these buildings, the author has also collected a number of uniquely Manx tales, told here with humour and passion.


The Struggle for Manx Democracy

The Struggle for Manx Democracy

Author: Robert Fyson

Pages: 269 Size: 18cm x 24cm Paperback ISBN 9780993157837

14.99

Was Manx democracy invented by the Vikings? Or can it be attributed to a few courageous men and women in the Victorian era, including two newspaper editors, one a teetotal Methodist, the other a Liverpudlian of slave descent - both gaoled for their principles - a Manchester female suffragist, and a depressed Deemster who died by his own hand?

The author reproduces James Brown’s newly-rediscovered prison diary in full, and traces a series of events which were far from predictable - including the introduction of votes for women, in which the Isle of Man led the world.


The Hammer of Thor: The Impact of the 1st World War on the People of the Isle of Man

The Hammer of Thor: The Impact of the 1st World War on the People of the Isle of Man

Author: Patricia Skillicorn

Pages: 245 Size: 24cm x 21cm Paperback ISBN 9781526204981

15.00

In August 1914, thousands of men and women in the Isle of Man lined the streets of the island's towns to cheer with patriotic fervour as their menfolk marched off to war. Four years later in July 1918 thousands were again on the streets but this time in an explosion of anger against their elected representatives.

What had happened in those four years to cause such unrest?

The First World War placed immense pressure on the Isle of Man because of the island's constitutional position as a Crown Depependency. The existence of Tynwald gave the island a degree of Home Rule but by 1918 this concept was in danger.

The intransigent Lord Raglan, Members of the House of Keys, Samuel Norris and his fiery women supporters, the labour radicals , conscientious obejectors and others all had their part to play in the events of 1918 which propelled the Isle of Man into the modernised twentieth-century world.


Chronicles of Man Volume 1 - Illustrated History 1900-1939

Chronicles of Man Volume 1 - Illustrated History 1900-1939

Author: Edited By: Miles Cowsill and Sue Woolley

Pages: 160 Size 22cm x 28cm Hardback ISBN 9781907945991

18.50

This new three volumes edition of the Chronicles of Man is based on the concept originally broadcast by Manx Radio and the news items of each year are presented in the style of news bulletins. The annual news is supported by in-depth features which have been prepared by a team of Manx historians, journalists and experts in their fields.

Combined, the three volumes in the series, cover 115 years of history and include a wealth of outstanding photographs which help to illustrate the many interesting events and historical occasions of the Isle of Man.

These new and revised editions of Chronicles of Man have been edited by Miles Cowsill and Sue Woolley and include major worldwide news events for each year to enhance and accompany the more local Island news coverage.


Chronicles of Man Volume 2 - Illustrated History 1940 - 1971

Chronicles of Man Volume 2 - Illustrated History 1940 - 1971

Author: Edited By: Miles Cowsill and Sue Woolley

Pages: 192 Size 22cm x 28cm Hardback ISBN 9781907945984

18.50

This new three volumes edition of the Chronicles of Man is based on the concept originally broadcast by Manx Radio and the news items of each year are presented in the style of news bulletins. The annual news is supported by in-depth features which have been prepared by a team of Manx historians, journalists and experts in their fields.

Combined, the three volumes in the series, cover 115 years of history and include a wealth of outstanding photographs which help to illustrate the many interesting events and historical occasions of the Isle of Man.

These new and revised editions of Chronicles of Man have been edited by Miles Cowsill and Sue Woolley and include major worldwide news events for each year to enhance and accompany the more local Island news coverage.


Chronicles of Man Volume 3 - Illustrated History 1972 - 2014

Chronicles of Man Volume 3 - Illustrated History 1972 - 2014

Author: Edited By: Miles Cowsill and Sue Woolley

Pages: 224 Size: 22cm x 28cm Hardback ISBN 9781907945977

18.50

This new three volumes edition of the Chronicles of Man is based on the concept originally broadcast by Manx Radio and the news items of each year are presented in the style of news bulletins. The annual news is supported by in-depth features which have been prepared by a team of Manx historians, journalists and experts in their fields.

Combined, the three volumes in the series, cover 115 years of history and include a wealth of outstanding photographs which help to illustrate the many interesting events and historical occasions of the Isle of Man.

These new and revised editions of Chronicles of Man have been edited by Miles Cowsill and Sue Woolley and include major worldwide news events for each year to enhance and accompany the more local Island news coverage.


A New History of the Isle of Man Volume 3 - The Medieval Period 1000 - 1406

A New History of the Isle of Man Volume 3 - The Medieval Period 1000 - 1406

Author: Sean Duffy & Harold Mytum

Pages: 605 Size: 16cm x 24cm Paperback ISBN 97808532362786

25.00

The reassessment of the medieval legacy of Man highlights the island's position as a cockpit of English, Scottish, Irish and Norwegian power-politics, exploring the multi-cultural traditions of Man, and reassessing the role it was to play throughout the medieval period as a focal point in a complex nexus of inter-relationships (linguistic, economic, ecclesiastical, political, military and so forth) which linked the various peoples of the British Isles and Scandinavia.

By bringing together the fruits of the labours of several scholars of international repute, some of whom are resident on the island, the comprehensive analysis provided in this volume marks a significant advance in the current level of understanding Manx history in the Middle Ages, forming a body of knowledge that will be of benefit both to Manx people and to the wider readership beyond its shores. Because of the specific requirements of documentary research in the medieval period, most of the work has been carried out by authorities in the field as an extension of their existing interests.


Three Legs Good - The Story Behind the Manx Triskelion

Three Legs Good - The Story Behind the Manx Triskelion

Author: Sara Goodwins

Pages: 28 Size: 21cm x 21cm Paperback ISBN 9781908060112

4.95

Eye-catching, attractive and extremely unusual, the Three Legs of Man are proudly displayed all over the Isle of Man. Appearing on flags and buildings, painted on boats, reproduced in stained glass, carved in wood and cut out of metal, the three legs run in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colours. But where do they come from? What's the story behind them? Which way should they be running? This book, fully illustrated in colour, provides the answers to these frequently asked questions.


Knockaloe Internment Camp - 100 Years of History

Knockaloe Internment Camp - 100 Years of History

Author: Rosalind Stimpson & Stephen Hall

Pages: 96 Size 19cm x 23cm Paperback ISBN 9781907945779

16.00

Originally built in 1914 to accommodate 5,000 aliens and a guard of at least 500, then an additional 5,000 interns in May 1915 (and further additions as the war continued), Knockaloe eventually grew to a size holding approximately 23,000 internees. The inmates of the camp proved eternally creative and a record of some of their achievements is presented in this volume. Along with photographs and artwork ranging from painting to printed postcards and other craft items, this book illuminates the history of Knockaloe Internment Camp using examples from the unique collection of Stephen Hall.


Isle of Man Postal History of 20th Century Internment Mail

Isle of Man Postal History of 20th Century Internment Mail

Author: Bernard Osborne

Pages: 180 Size: 21cm x 30cm Hardback ISBN 9780993405204

29.95

This is the first book to ever be published about the Isle of Man postal history of internment mail and is fully illustrated throughout and incorporates related banknotes, maps and postcards. It will appeal to the collector of this fascinating aspect of Manx postal history as well as anyone interested in Isle of Man interment during the First and Second World Wars.

With 2015 being the 100th Anniversary of the commencement of the First World War, it is fitting that this book is published in 2015 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Knockaloe Post Office. It was the only such post office within the First and Second World Wars that was a fully functioning post office operated by the British Post Office and as such it illustrated the upheaval to tens of thousands of civilian 'aliens' caught up in the conflict and interned in the Isle of Man.

The publisher of the book, The Isle of Man Postal History Society, hopes that this book will be of interest to not only the philatelic historian but to all people with an interest in Manx historyduring what was such a turbulent time in the affairs of the world.


Island of Barbed Wire - The Remarkable Story of World War Two Internment on the Isle of Man

Island of Barbed Wire - The Remarkable Story of World War Two Internment on the Isle of Man

Author: Connery Chappell

Pages: 190 Size: 22cm x 14cm Paperback ISBN 9780709077541

12.99

Many aspects of Britain's involvement in World War Two only slowly emerged from beneath the barrage of official secrets and popular misconception. One of the most controversial issues, the internment of 'enemy aliens' (and also British subjects) on the Isle of Man, received its first thorough examination in this remarkable account by Connery Chappell of life in the Manx camps between 1940 and 1945.

At the outbreak of war there were approximately 75,000 people of Germanic origin living in Britain, and Whitehall decided to set up Enemy Alien Tribunals to screen these 'potential security risks'. The entry of Italy into the war almost doubled the workload. The first tribunal in February 1940 considered only 569 cases as high enough risks to warrant internment. The Isle of Man was chosen as the one place sufficiently removed from areas of military importance, but by the end of the year the number of enemy aliens on the island had reached 14,000. With the use of diaries, broadsheets, newspapers and personal testimonies, the author shows how a traditional holiday isle was transformed into an internment camp. Boarding houses became barrack blocks, and many hoteliers welcomed the means of earning extra income. Eventually the internees took part in local farm work, ran their own camp newspapers and even set up internal businesses. With inmates of the calibre of Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, Lord Weidenfeld, Sir Charles Forte, Professor Geoffrey Elton and R.W. 'Tiny' Rowland, the life of the camp quickly took on a busy and constructive air; but the picture was not always such a happy one, as angry disputes flared between Fascist inmates and their Jewish neighbours, and a dangerous riot forced the intervention of the Home Office. Even now, there remains the persistent question never settled satisfactorily. Were the internments ever justified or even consistent?


Living With The Wire

Living With The Wire

Author: Yvonne Creswell

Pages: 96 Size 21cm x 21cm Paperback ISBN 9780901106636

10.00

Internment is a weapon used in wartime by governments to protect their own citizens against resident foreigners of enemy nationlity.

In both World Wars fenced off camps in the Isle of Man served as secure detention centres. From 1914-1919 twenty thousand German and Austrian men were held on the Isle of Man, and from1940 tens of thousands of Germans, Austrians, Italians, Hungarians, Finns and Japanese found themselves behind barbed stockades.

Internment means loss of freedom, separation from family and friends, lack of income, overcrowding, and often results in depression. Individual reactions vary, but most people ultimately came to terms with their situation and found the experience life enhancing, mind-broadening, often even funny, and leading to lasting friendships.

This well illustrated book (black and white and colour) shows how quickly the human spirit and ingenuity asserted themselves and left tangible testimonies in music, literature, crafts and visual arts.


Isle of Man in the Great War

Isle of Man in the Great War

Author: Caroline Smith

Pages: 112 Size 23cm x 16cm Paperback. ISBN 9781783831227

9.99

In August 1914, the Isle of Man was in the middle of a very successful summer season. The tourist industry was crucial to the island, but suddenly holiday-makers left and the Steam Packet vessels that normally brought them were requisitioned. The future was uncertain for those who relied on the season and their pleas for assistance were ignored. For some, the cost of living became impossibly high and without the welfare measures that had been brought about in Britain, many faced destitution. Others however, particularly farmers and those involved with the internment camps, would find war very profitable. The divisions between rich and poor grew creating much social disaffection and a bitter battle for reform was fought. As arguments raged over conscription, taxation, the economy and the housing of enemy aliens, the personalities of the period came to prominence. The unprecedented scenes of direct action and several dramatic court cases are brought to life in this account of how the island began its path to progress.

The Isle of Man played an important role in World War One, supplying troops and vessels and running special camps for the internment of enemy. 8,261 men enlisted in the armed forces, which was 82.3% of the Isle of Man's male population of military age. Of these, 1,165 gave their lives and 987 were wounded.

The experience of war significantly impacted on the Island, from the initial enthusiasm for sorting out the German Kaiser in time for Christmas 1914, to the gradual realization of the enormity of human sacrifice the families of the Isle were committed to as the war stretched out over the next four years.


Laxey - Home to the World's Largest Working Waterwheel

Laxey - Home to the World's Largest Working Waterwheel

Author: Andrew Scarffe

Pages: 96 Size 21cm x 21cm Hardback ISBN 9781907945700

10.00

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Laxey or Laksaa in Manx, is a village on the east coast of the Isle of Man. Its name has been derived from the Old Norse Laxa meaning 'Salmon River'. Local historian Andrew Scarffe has researched this publication and gives the reader a wonderful insight to Laxey in the bygone years. The author has written a brief history of the village and its surrounding districts, together with an overview of the popular historical sights which are now visited by thousands of people a year, accumulating this together with a wealth photographs and captions.


Those Were the Days Volume 3 - More Collected Images from the Isle of Man's Past

Those Were the Days Volume 3 - More Collected Images from the Isle of Man's Past

Author: Richard Davis

Pages: 96 Size 21cm x 21cm Hardback

16.95

OUT OF PRINT AND NO LONGER AVAILABLE

The third book in the series from local historian Richard Davis. After the success of the first two volumes this book follows on with more photographs from the Keig collection and other sources from around the island. A great book to reminisce of places and times that have changed beyond recognition-like the front cover, or are still recognisable through the scenery or careful modernisation of the buildings.


Ramsey - A Collection of Images Through the Years

Ramsey - A Collection of Images Through the Years

Author: Sue Woolley & Miles Cowsill

Pages: 96 Size 21cm x 21cm Paperback ISBN 9781907945434

14.95

This book brings together a wealth of images past and present.

Because of its geographical location, it is often regarded as a place set apart from the rest of the Island. Those born and bred in Ramsey have a fierce pride and attachment to the place and, no matter how far they travel, it will always be 'home'. The book illuminates what it is that makes Ramsey so unique and inspires such devotion.

The book does not claim to be a detailed history of the town, but to give an insight into its rich history over the last 130 years.


Things To Do With Vikings

Things To Do With Vikings

Author: Sara Goodwins

Pages: 32 Size: 21cm x 21cm Paperback ISBN 9781908060105

5.95

Three facts you may not know about Vikings: They liked bathing - They kept pet cats - They didn't have horned helmets.

Warriors sailing over mighty seas to conquer new and strange lands - Vikings were very impressive. Yet who were these invaders from the North? Why did they come? What were they like and how did they live? This book helps you try Viking navigation, or Viking knitting, or make Viking feast bread. Grettir's Saga, written by Vikings about their culture says "he knows most who has tried most". This book helps readers try.


Those Were The Days - Collected Images From The Isle of Man's Past Volume One

Those Were The Days - Collected Images From The Isle of Man's Past Volume One

Author: Richard Davis

Pages: 96 Size 21cm x21cm Paperback ISBN 9781907945229

14.95

Until the 1960s, the Isle of Man, and its towns saw a relatively slow pace of change. For some, many of the pictures in this book need no introduction. Others may be surprised at how much the island has subsequently changed and how quickly. Today some of the scenes depicted are rendered unrecognizable by later re-modelling and redevelopment, indeed it is diffciult to even identify some of the locations.

This collection of photographs comes from a collection of sources including the author, Stan Basnett, Tony Wilson, the Manx Heritage Foundation and the fabulous Keig Collection


An Introduction to the Architecture of the Isle of Man

An Introduction to the Architecture of the Isle of Man

Author: Patricia Tutt

Pages: 360 Size: 29cm x 23cm Hardback ISBN 9781907945106

19.50

The Isle of Man contains many interesting buildings for the discerning resident or visitor to enjoy, with distinctive vernacular cottages, three castles (two built for defence, one built as a ducal residence), works by historically significant architects such as M.H Baillie Scott, Frank Macham and Armitage Rigby, and other distinctive buildings produced through architectural competitions, especially in the Edwardian to Victorian era when many new buidlings were commissioned.

This book which is lavishly illustrated throughout, provides an introduction to this range of buildings stretching from the earliest surviving structures right up to the present.

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Ward Lock & Co's Isle of Man

Ward Lock & Co's Isle of Man

Author: Ward Lock & Co

Pages: 322 Size: 11cm x 18cm Paperback ISBN 9781907945458

9.99

This is an exact facsimile copy of WardLock & Co's illustrated guide book to the Isle of Man published in 1925/26. Descriptions of things to do and see all around the island, with images of that time. Including adverts from holiday insurance to seasick tablets.


A Short Treatise of the Isle of Man

A Short Treatise of the Isle of Man

Author: James Chaloner

Pages: 194 Size; 12cm x 17cm Paperback. ISBN 9781907945557

7.99

This volume reprints the classic work originally published in 1656 with the introduction and comprehensive notes of Rev. J. G. Cummings added in the version reprinted by The Manx Society in 1864.

It is regarded as the oldest written history of the Isle of Man. It offered readers then, as it still does now, a unique view of Island life covering the history, customs and folklore of the inhabitants, a look at the government, laws and trade and many of the things which still make the Isle of Man unique today.

James Chaloner was one of the commissioners under Lord Fairfax for settling the affairs of the Isle of Man in 1652, and afterwards he was Governor of the Island between 1658 and 1660.


This Terrible Ordeal - Manx Letters, Diaires and Memories of the Great War

This Terrible Ordeal - Manx Letters, Diaires and Memories of the Great War

Author: Matthew Richardson

Pages: 210 Size: 25cm x 21cm Paperback ISBN 9780901106674

15.00

The First World War, a cataclysmic global event, triggered the birth of the modern Isle of Man. With personal testomonies from men, women and children of the time, this book charts how the Island endured the conflict which dragged it politically, socially and constitutionally into the twentiesth century.

The author illuminates untold personal stories of war with letters home from Manx soldiers and sailors, and with the poetry and art produced in reaction to the conflict. He examines the changing role of women, the experiences of those interned on the Island, attitudes to conscientious objectors and concludes by analysing the lasting impact of war in the years which followed.


Britain in Old Photographs: Isle of Man

Britain in Old Photographs: Isle of Man

Author: Ian Collard

Pages: 127 Size: 16cm x 23cm Paperback ISBN 9780752491004

13.99

Over the course of 100 years, the Isle of Man developed from a collection of fishing villages into one of the main holiday destinations for people working in the Lancashire mills and coal mines. Hotels and other holiday accommodation were built and developed during the late Victorian era and people travelled to the Island by steamer from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. This influx of holiday makers brought great prosperity to the Island, which was also boosted by the annual TT motorcycle races.

Illustrated with over 150 archive images, this collection of photographs and postcards provides a nostalgic insight into the changing history of the Isle of Man over the last century. Each image is accompanied by a detailed caption, bringing the past to life and describing many aspects of life on the Island, including work, recreation and leisure.

This book will appeal to everyone with an interest in the history of the Isle of Man, and also awaken memories of a bygone time for those who worked, lived or have ever visited the Island.


Hostile Sea - The U-Boat Offensive Around the Isle of Man During World War One

Hostile Sea - The U-Boat Offensive Around the Isle of Man During World War One

Author: Adrian Corkill

Pages: 184 Size; 17cm x 25cm Paperback ISBN 9780954011529

18.00

In early 1915 Germany declared an unrestricted U-Boat campaign on Allied shipping forcing the British government to censor the British press with regard to all attacks on shipping, a move designed to prevent Germany learning the true effectiveness of their campaign. This also extended to the Isle of Man newspapers and so few people today are aware of the extent of the German maritime offensive that unfolded around the Isle of Man between 1915 and 1918. Thirty vessels were sunk and many others narrowly escaped a similar fate after being attacked by U-Boats. Truly shocking was the terrible loss of life with over 400 souls perishing. The events around the Island were a small, but significant part of the overall offensive.

This book will prove invaluable to those interested in local and maritime history or those investigating a family ancestor involved in the action. The information on wreck sites and how to locate them on the seabed with reliable GPS coordinates also provides the sports diver and boat angler with a guide to World War One shipwrecks around the Isle of Man


Governors of the Isle of Man Since 1765

Governors of the Isle of Man Since 1765

Author: Derek Winterbottom

Pages: 336 Size: 24 x 16cm Paperback ISBN 9780957182509

14.99

This fully updated second edition includes the history of the Governors from 1765 up to 2012 and a review of the significant changes to their role.

The book is a detailed and fascinating study of the role of Governor on the Isle of Man since the Act of Revestment in 1765. The arguments and successes, and characters and achievements of the Governors of the Island are all recorded in this fascinating well-illustrated book.



Thomas Cubbin, Master Mariner and the Wreck of the Serica

Thomas Cubbin, Master Mariner and the Wreck of the Serica

Author: Valerie Cottle

Pages: 135 Size 26cm x 21cm Paperback ISBN 9780956206497

14.00

In December 1867 Captain Thomas Cubbin, a master mariner from the Isle of Man, set out from Liverpool in the barque Serica, bound for Aden with a cargo of coal. With him on board were his wife Mary, their two yong sons, and a crew of fourteen men and boys. In the Indian Ocean three months later the Serica encountered one of the most terrifying hurricanes ever recorded. What follows is a story of tradgedy, adventure and extraordinary courage.


Memories of Cronk y Voddy

Memories of Cronk y Voddy

Author: Various

Pages: 80 Size 21cm x 30cm Paperback

15.00

Over the course of the 20th Century, life in Cronk y Voddy has changed almost beyond recognition. The church and chapels, the school and smithy, even the scattering of shops which used to be there, all closed their doors. Today only one farm is worked by a third generation family. And yet, remarkably, the hamlet still has a strongly beating heart.

This book is a wonderfully well illustrated and evocative description of past days in the rural Isle of Man. It includes a foreword by its most famous son, Randalph Quirk, Lord Quirk of Bloomsbury.


Profile of the Isle of Man: A Concise History

Profile of the Isle of Man: A Concise History

Author: Derek Winterbottom

Pages: 232 Size: 17x25cm Hardback ISBN 9781899602872

10.00

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This book provides an up-to-date short history of the Isle of Man.


The Fear Not Family

The Fear Not Family

Author: David Moore

Pages: 70 Size 21xm x 30cm Paperback

10.00

This book is set in the Peel of the lates 1800s and early 1900s. It attempts to give the flavour of everday life in that world of accelerating change, by tracing the fortunes of one fisherman's family between 1878 and 1929.


The Dalby Outrages

The Dalby Outrages

Author: David Moore

Pages: 44 Size 21cm x 29cm Paperback

10.00

The things that happpened at one of the lovliest places on the Isle of Man between 1902 and 1908 were scarcely credible at the time and no less extraordinary when examined today. The essence of the conflict was between two farmers and what the author has done is take the known facts and dressd them lightly in a fictional context.


Peeps into the Past - A Tribute to Syd Boulton

Peeps into the Past - A Tribute to Syd Boulton

Author: Sue Woolley

Pages: 72 Size 30cm x 21cm Paperback ISBN 9780954413125

9.99

Syd Boulton was a widely known and much loved journalist and his writing in the local newspapers brought pleasure to thousands. It was personal, about things and people he knew and above all his integrity was never in question. His reporting was straightforward and his Peeps Into the Past column alone ran from 1956 to 1971 in the Ramsey Courier

In this book, author Sue Woolley has reproduced a selection of newspaper articles written by Syd Boulton


The Great Laxey Mine

The Great Laxey Mine

Author: Andrew Scarffe

Pages: 232 Size: 26cm x 36cm Hardback ISBN 095471802X

19.99

Celebrating 150 years of history, this fascinating, in-depth, large-format book looks at the the Great Laxey Mine from its very beginnings. Lavishly illustrated with archive photographs, detailed maps and original plans for the Lady Isabella Wheel


A History of the Manx Church 1698 - 1911

A History of the Manx Church 1698 - 1911

Author: Canon John Gelling

Pages; 280 Size 21cm x 30cm Paperback. ISBN 0952401940

14.99

An authoritative account by Canon John Gelling of the lives of the Manx Bishops and clergy from the arrival of Bishop Wilson in 1698 to the death of Bishop Drury in 1911. Extensive notes on all parishes and clergy are included as well as many fascinating and amusing stories about life in the Manx church.


Mann Ablaze

Mann Ablaze

Author: Stan Basnett

Pages: 112 Size 21cm x 29cm Paperback ISBN 9781899602797

5.00

***SPECIAL OFFER PRICE - RRP £16.00***

Mann Ablaze was first published in 1991 and traced the history of the Isle of Man Fire Service from its beginnings in 1803 with the Sun Fire Office up until the formation of the Isle of Man Fire and Rescue Service in 1988.

This second edition revises the early history and brings the history up to date and includes many more photographs of appliances and fires. It describes how the various early brigades in the island struggled to deal with the outbreaks of fire and in particular the difficulty of moving the appliances over significant distances. Along the way the text also paints a picture of the social history of the island.

The final chapter describes the development of the Isle of Man Fire and Rescue Service over the last two decades making it one of the most modern in the British Isles.


The Isle of Man - Portrait of A Nation

The Isle of Man - Portrait of A Nation

Author: John Grimson

Pages: 576 Size 26cm x 19cm Paperback. ISBN 9780709090021

25.00

This book tells the story of the Island's evolution, beginning with its geological birth in the Cambrian period, through successive waves of Stone Age, Bronze Age, and Celtic Iron Age settlers as well as the Viking raids and settlements of the eigth to thirteenth centuries, right up to the political, social and commercial developments of the modern era.

In the second half of the book, the author takes the reader on a tour of the Isle of Man's superb coastal and upland landscapes, and around its historic towns, villages and parishes.

With the aid of some 200 illustrations, the book tells of the Isle of Man and ites people, and how they came to be what they are today.


The Ellan Vannin Story

The Ellan Vannin Story

Author: Richard Stafford

Pages: 103 Size: 29cm x 21cm Paperback. ISBN 9780956206411

12.00

This book is a fascinating account of the event s surrounding the sinking of one of the Isle of Man Steam Packet's most popular ships, the SS Ellan Vannin, at the mouth of the River Mersey in the early hours of 3rd December 1909.

A violent hurricane was raging that night, and ship, with its crew, passengers and cargo, broke in two and was found by divers the next day buried in sand and silt in 30ft of water. Everyone onboard was drowned and some of the bodies were never found.

This book was originally published in 1999 but has been reprinted and re-released to coincide with the centenary anniversary of the tradgedy.


The Isle of Man and Britain Controversy 1651 - 1895

The Isle of Man and Britain Controversy 1651 - 1895

Author: C.W.Gawne

Pages: 278 Size 18x24cm Paperback ISBN 9780955404382

16.00

Controversy reveals the story of the progress of the Isle of Man's financial situtation during the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It considers the issues surrounding the development of the fiscal relationship between the Isle of Man and Britain - the main way of raising public finances for funding the costs of government and improving the infrastructure of the island was through taxation by way of customes tariffs applied to a range of goods.

Readers will learn how the Island experienced a period of remarkable evolution, the beginings of political reforms and the transformation of the economy.


A New History of the Isle of Man: the modern period 1830-1999

A New History of the Isle of Man: the modern period 1830-1999

Author: John Belchem et al

Pages: 320 Size: 23x15cm Paperback ISBN 9780853237266

18.50

This is the first volume to be published in a new series that will provide a new benchmark for the study of the Isle of Man's history. Wide in coverage, it embraces constitution, politics, economics, labour, economic and cultural developments in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Contributors explore the ways in which a sense of Manxness was constructed, contested and amended as the little Manx nation underwent unprecedented change form debtors' retreat through holiday playground to offshore international financial centre.


Offshore Island Politics: The Constitutional and Political development of the Isle of Man in the Twentieth Century

Offshore Island Politics: The Constitutional and Political development of the Isle of Man in the Twentieth Century

Author: David Kermode

Pages: 415 Size: 23x15cm Paperback

9.99

This groundbreaking study of the twentieth-century Manx political history will appeal not only to a Manx readership but also those with a specific interest in the history and politics of the Isle of Man or a more wide ranging interest in the politics of small states and devolution. More than 100 photographs provide a record of the century's leading politicians together with pictorial evidience of the hanging role of the state in Manx society.


Ministerial Government in the Isle of Man

Ministerial Government in the Isle of Man

Author: Kermode

Pages: 445 Size: 15.5x23cm Paperback ISBN 9780955404375

16.00

This is the first in-depth study of Manx politics and government to be published since the inception of the ministerial system in 1986-88. It will appeal to those with a specific interest in the history and politics of the Isle of Man or a more wide-ranging interest in the politics of small states. It is well illustrated with some 150 photographs providing an excellent record of the period’s leading political personalities.


Manx Murders: 150 years of Madness and Mayhem

Manx Murders: 150 years of Madness and Mayhem

Author: Keith Wilkinson

Pages: 207 Size: 23x15cm Paperback

9.99

The murders that have caused shock and sensation throughout two centuries of the Isle of Man's history are recorded here. Using information obtained from newspapers inquest records and trial transcripts each murder is described against a backdrop of contemporary events to give the reader a distinct flavour of life at the time of the crime..

THIS BOOK IS NOW OUT OF PRINT.


Homicide in the Isle of Man

Homicide in the Isle of Man

Author: John Eddleston

Pages: 224 Size 14cm x 22cm Hardback ISBN 9780709086024

16.99

This thrilling book explores almost all the murder and manslaughter trials on the Isle of Man from the eighteenth century to 200 and beyond. It is a comprehensive modern history as well as a gripping read. Including everything from stabbings, shootings and strangling of lovers, friends and enemies. This book is an unsettling journey through each case.


Isle of Man: Then and Now

Isle of Man: Then and Now

Author: Andrew Douglas

Pages: 118 Size: 31x22cm Hardback ISBN 9780952970002

14.99

A photographic record showing the Island's history and development over the last 100 years.

This book is currently on special offer - the normal retail price is £25.00


Shining by the Sea Ramsey 1800-1914

Shining by the Sea Ramsey 1800-1914

Author: Constance Radcliffe

Pages: 269 Size: 22x15cm Hardback

12.99

A history of Ramsey.


An Island that Led: History of Manx Education Vol. 1

An Island that Led: History of Manx Education Vol. 1

Author: Hinton Bird

Pages: 291 Size: 14x22cm Paperback ISBN 0951691805

7.99

A history of Manx Education.


An Island that Led: History of Manx Education Vol.2

An Island that Led: History of Manx Education Vol.2

Author: Hinton Bird

Pages: 307 Size: 14x22cm Paperback ISBN 0951691813

9.99

A history of Manx Education.


The Bells of St German's

The Bells of St German's

Author: Janet Ferris

Pages:64 Size: 15x21cm Paperback. ISBN 9781873120675

7.99

This is the story of the restoration of the bells at St German's Cathedral in Peel which had not properly functioned for a long time and had deteriorated badly. The Cathedral is a living part not only of Peel but of the whole island and the call of the bells announces to all that its Christian heritage is alive and well.


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