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Prison Governor's Journal

Prison Governor's Journal

Author: Brendan O'Friel

Pages: 260 Size: 17cm x 24cm Paperback ISBN 9781526208477

17.99

****PUBLICATION DUE APRIL 2021 - PRE-ORDERS NOW BEING TAKEN (NO PAYMENTS WILL BE TAKEN UNTIL THE BOOK IS PUBLISHED)***

Prisons in England and Wales have weathered a succession of crises since 1947. The author considers the impact of cell overcrowding and regime destruction on both staff and prisoners. He argues that the consequential inability to reduce re-offending generates continuing threats to public safety.

Drawing on his decades of service as a Governor at various Prsion's throughout the British Isles, Manxman Brendan O'Friel explores some "unanswered questions" arising from the chronic prison crsises. He provides insights into life within the seven penal establishments in which he served including the "explosion of evil" (his story of the 1990 Strangeways riot).

He was involved in the formation of the Prison Governors Association in 1987 and describes the work of the Association to influence and improve penal policy and practice.

The 2020 Covid 19 Pandemic has added substantially to the prisons crisis but the author suggests it may also offer a surprising opportunity for radical change.

Born in the Isle of Man, Brendan O'Friel was educated at Stonyhurst College and Liverpool University. He joined the Prison Service in 1963 as an Assistant Governor and served at Lowdham Grange, Nottinghamshire, Manchester Prison, Onley Borstal Recall Centre, Preston Prison and Birmingham Prisons. He was appointed to take charge of Featherstone Prison, near Wolverhampton in 1980 and became Governor of Strangeways in 1986. His final command was Risley Prison near Warrington from 1990- 1995. In addition, he served in a number of posts at Regional Office and Headquarters. Between 1977 and 1984, he was Chairman of the Governors representative organisation and was elected Chairman of the Prison Governors Association in 1990, a post he held until 1995. Since retirement, he has returned to live on the Isle of Man. He has been Chair of the North West Rail Passengers Committee and a founder member of TravelWatch Isle of Man.


Illustrated throughout with photographs, verse, drawings and cartoons, this book captures the realities of the prison crisis.


Sir Frank Gill - The Unique Story of a Manx Telecommunications Pioneer

Sir Frank Gill - The Unique Story of a Manx Telecommunications Pioneer

Author: Robert Stimpson

Pages: 200 Size: 21cm x 28cm Paperback ISBN 9781911177708

19.95

This is the story of an exceptional Manxman who was born in Castletown and went on to become one of the most respected telephone engineers outside the United States. In the 1930s he was probably the highest authority on telephone engineeering throughout the world and had many honours conferred upon him by his fellow engineers. No matter what country he visited, he left it richer in the means and know-how of human intercommunications.


Lady Derby - The Great Whore of Babylon

Lady Derby - The Great Whore of Babylon

Author: Jennifer Kewley Draskau

Pages: 339 Size: 23cm x 15cm Paperback ISBN 9788682801879

12.00

Charlotte de la Tremoille, Lady Derby, has been immortalised by her admirers as the heroine of the siege of Lathom, and vilified by her enemies as the Wicked Woman of Babylon. In this book the author traces her ancestry, her extraordinary achievements during the English Civil War. and the relationship of her husband, James Stanley, Seventh Earl of Derby, with his most prized possession, the Isle of Man, where he was known as Yn Stanlagh Mooar (The Great Stanley).



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Once a Manxman - the Story of My Father, Godfrey Cretney

Once a Manxman - the Story of My Father, Godfrey Cretney

Author: Charmian Knight

Pages: 244 Size: 21cm x 14.8cm Paperback ISBN 9781838084509

9.95

For his pioneering work in comprehensive education, Godfrey Cretney was the first state school head teacher in England to be knighted. This mission had begun in the Isle of Man, when he was the first head of Castle Rushen School.

Born in Douglas, one of a large family, Godfrey was eighteen when he first left the island, but (as the saying goes) the island never left him. This book recalls his life and personality, and celebrates the island he loved.


Gaelg as Fishig - Skeeal my vea

Gaelg as Fishig - Skeeal my vea

Author: Brian Stowell

Pages: 199 Size: 20cm x 13cm Paperback ISBN 9781912668038

12.00

***PLEASE NOTE, THIS BOOK IS WRITTEN IN MANX***

Brian Stowell, more than anyone of his generation, worked tirelessly and enthusiastically for the language and the cultural identity of this country and his autobiography takes us on a journey, of not only the author's cultural and political awakening, but that of this Island nation.

Born and educated in Douglas, Brian worked as a lecturer in Physics at Liverpool John Moore University before returning to the Island in 1991 to take up the new position of Manx Language Officer with the Department of Education. The title of his autobiography, Gaelg as Fishig, reflects these two elements to his life and work: Manx and Physics.

Brian, who received the Reih Bleeaney Vanannan Award in 2008 and the Tynwald Honour Medal in 2010 for his work for the language, is sadly missed but fondly remembered by many people both here and abroad and this book is a testament to a life well lived.



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Sophia Morrison, Mona Douglas and Their Enchanted Isle

Sophia Morrison, Mona Douglas and Their Enchanted Isle

Author: Derek Winterbottom

Pages: 232 Size 25cm x 18cm Paperback ISBN 9780956754059

12.50

Sophia Morrison and Mona Douglas devoted their lives to the preservation of the Manx Gaelic language and traditional Manx life, especially the Island's folklore. Sophia's Manx Fairy Tales is still a famous book while Mona Douglas was an outstanding poet from an early age and throughout her long life also made an impact as a prolific journalist, a novelist, a collector of folklore, folk music and folk dancing and a producer of pageants and plays and organiser of many Celtic congresses and festivals. She was also a lifelong buttress of the Manx language and flag-bearer for the Manx nation. On top of all of this she found time to be a hill farmer and to conduct a long romance with a handsome Italian former internee.

This book is a short biography of Sophia and a longer one of Mona, who it claims to be the most influential Manx woman of the twentieth century


The Life and Times of Harry Wood - Manxland's King of Music

The Life and Times of Harry Wood - Manxland's King of Music

Author: Maurice Powell

Pages: 336 Size: 24cm x 19cm Paperback ISBN 9781911177463

16.00

Harry Wood was the most important musical director to have lived and worked on the Isle of Man and his career takes us through more than fifty years of the island's entertainment history. He was at the centre of Manx musical entertainment and conducted for many great variety and concert aristes.

From the 1880s until the 1930s the Isle of Man was the premier holiday resort of choice for thousands of visitors from the northern industrial towns, the Midlands and Scotland. In terms of veriety and excellence of entertainment on offer, the island punched well above its weight. Douglas became known as 'the home of popular song' and the latest dance crazes were introduced at the great entertainment venues of the Falcon Cliff, the Palace, the Derby Castle, the Marina Pavilion and the Villa Marina.

What emerges from this book is what it was like to be a holiday maker on the island during the Victorian and Edwardian eras and those now distant, colourful and hectic summer seasons during the racy nineteen twenties and thirties, when the ever increasing threat of war failed to diminish the holiday experience for thousands of visitors to 'Pleasure Island'.


Isaac Barrow: His Life and Legacy

Isaac Barrow: His Life and Legacy

Author: Michael Hoy

Pages: 136 Size 16cm x 24cm Paperback ISBN 9780956206466

12.00

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

Henry Bloom Noble - A Life and Work of His Trust

Author: Derek Winterbottom

Pages: 63 Size 15cm x 23cm Paperback ISBN 0954718038

8.00

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

The Anglo-Manxman: A Life of A.W.Moore

Author: Robert Fyson

Pages: 176 Size 18cm x 24cm Paperback ISBN 9780956206428

12.00

Although he died at the early age of 56, Moore was a lifelong whirlwind of energy. Born in 1853, the heir to Moore’s sailcloth works at Tromode and to the grand house of Cronkbourne, he had extensive connections in London’s high society and was educated at Rugby and Cambridge. It’s 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.


Charles Kerruish: Manx Politician Commonwealth Parliamentarian

Charles Kerruish: Manx Politician Commonwealth Parliamentarian

Author: Derek Winterbottom

Pages: 271 Size: 16x25cm Paperback ISBN 0952401983

14.99

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.


Lucky Little Devil

Lucky Little Devil

Author: Sir Norman Wisdom

Pages: 104 Size: 30x21cm Hardback ISBN 9781907945038

9.99

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


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