My Year as Manx Bard
Pages: 96 Size: 17cm x 24cm Paperback ISBN 9781908060228
Until now, there has been no book about the Manx Bard.
Promoting the Isle of Man by public appearances and through poetry, the Bard's job is varied and wide-ranging. During 2017-18, Sara Goodwins served as the fourth Manx Bard and has written this book describing the highs and lows of her bardic year. Like the time she was all geared up to go to an event which no-one had told her had been cancelled. Or nearly had the Bardic staff confiscated as a dangerous weapon. Or when she had to address the audience of The Gaiety Theatre from the stage. Or was invited to be an after-dinner speaker where half the audience had eaten so well they went to sleep. The book has full-colour illustrations throughout of the inspirational Manx countryside, and contains some of the poems Sara wrote during her bardic year The Life and Times of Harry Wood - Manxland's King of Music
Pages: 336 Size: 24cm x 19cm Paperback ISBN 9781911177463
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'. 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 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.