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Space for Dark Skies - An Astronomical Miscellany from the Isle of Man

Space for Dark Skies - An Astronomical Miscellany from the Isle of Man

Author: Howard Parkin

Pages: 248 Size: 21cm x 15cm Paperback ISBN 9781838084561

16.95

The author, Howard Parkin, is well known in Isle of Man astronomical circles and he presents in this book a lifetime of enthralling work. Beginning with an interest in astronomy as a small child, Howard has developed his knowledge and understanding to a level where he now rubs shoulders with many of the famous astronauts and stargazers of our time. This book acts as both a memoir and a tutorial guide and will be indispensable to anyone who studies the heavens from the Isle of Man and beyond, whether as an interested amateur or a dedicated professional, as the author generously shares his knowledge and experience.

The book is beautifully illustrated throughout with stunning colour images.


Spectacular Isle of Man - As Free As the Sweet Mountain Air

Spectacular Isle of Man - As Free As the Sweet Mountain Air

Author: Photography: Craig Goffin (Isle of Man by Drone) Compiled by: Miles Cowsill and Sara Donaldson

Pages: 128 Size: 18.9cm x 24.6cm Paperback ISBN 9781911177692

18.00

Craig Goffin is a licensed drone pilot and photographer living and working in the Isle of Man. His stunning, colourful images will take you on a journey through our beautiful land. Lush green meadows, forests and glens, where trees look like fireworks when viewed from above, and the blue waters of Man highlight the versatility of drone photography. See our spectacular ancient landscapes, modern townscapes and the rugged azure coastline. The Isle of Man really is a sparkling gem in the Irish Sea.



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Phone Kiosks of the Isle of Man - A Pictorial Guide to Isle of Man Phone Boxes

Phone Kiosks of the Isle of Man - A Pictorial Guide to Isle of Man Phone Boxes

Author: Ian Pilbeam

Pages: 88 Size: 21cm x 21cm Paperback ISBN 9781911177715

10.00

Now old technology, the ubiquitous red telephone box is seen as a quaint and quintessentially British icon by visitors from overseas. The Isle of Man has some remarkable examples of traditional and more contemporary phone kiosks, many of them in stunning locations. Documenting the twilight years of the public phone box, this book will delight everyone who loves the Manx landscape and lifestyle, and especially those with personal memories of the Island’s phone boxes.



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The Isle of Man - 25 Years of Business Excellence

The Isle of Man - 25 Years of Business Excellence

Author: Keith Uren

Pages: 180 Size: 31cm x 25cm Hardback ISBN 9781527282179

25.00

This luxury hardback book has been published to mark the 25th Anniversary of the 'Isle of Man Portfolio' magazine. It is a beautiful 180-page book charting the growth of the Isle of Man economy through the words of some of the Island’s most eminent and influential figures.

Contributors include Howard Quayle, Laurence Skelly, Sir Miles Walker, Nadene Crowther, Dick Welsh, Terry Liddiard, Chris Hall, Jerry Linehan, Terry Groves and Brian Kelly with the foreword by His Excellency The Lieutenant Governor.


Coins of the Isle of Man (3rd Edition)

Coins of the Isle of Man (3rd Edition)

Author: Mike Southall

Pages: 484 Size: 29cm x 21cm Paperback ISBN 978995738720

29.95

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This 3rd edition makes compelling reading and is a most useful reference work for anyone with the slightest interest in the coins of the Isle of Man.

The publication contains a comprehensive history of coins used in the Isle of Man and is a definitive study of the Manx decimal coins that have been in circulation since 1971.

Nearly everyone handles money on most days of the year, but how many people really look at the coins in their change? The variety of coins circulating in the Isle of Man is quite surprising. A recent survey has shown that British coins, with their all too familiar designs, make up a high proportion of the coins given in change. By contrast, the Island's coins reveal many diverse aspects of Manx life, history and culture.

The author, Mike Southall, acquired his interest in coins of the Isle of Man when the new decimal series were issued in 1971. This reference work has taken many years to compile and lists all known types of decimal coins that have been issued by the Isle of Man Treasury since decimalisation. Adding further interest, the die marks, mint marks, provenance marks etc found on the 1979 - 2016 Manx decimal coins are also included. Also, there is a section listing the non-circulating precious metal and bullion coins.

The history of coins used in the Isle of Man is narrated in other sections of the book. Fascinating aspects, including many Viking hoards to mishmash of coins and tokens used in the 17th century are well documented.


Isle of Man - Men and Gods

Isle of Man - Men and Gods

Author: John & Lottie Christian

Pages: 258 Size: 15cm x 21cm Paperback ISBN 9781911177111

8.75

This is an intriguing Isle of Man philosophical novel about the tenacity, resilience, vengeance and empathy of mankind in an ever-changing world, as well as, how political and religious revisionism may have impacted and influenced civilisations throughout the ages.

Two intertwined stories containing vivid dream sequences and sensual poetry make this novel one that is sure to captivate your imagination and show how love and understanding can transcend the hands of time.


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 (2nd Edition)

Coins of the Isle of Man (2nd Edition)

Author: Mike Southall

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

THIS EDITION IS NOW OUT OF PRINT - SEE NEW 3rd EDITION LISTED ABOVE*****

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.



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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!


Churches of Mann

Churches of Mann

Author: Jonathan Kewley

Pages: 168 29cm x 23cm Hardback ISBN 9781899602827

15.00

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This book is an exploration in pictures, words and music of the fascinating story of the Isle of Man's churches and chapels, which over the past millennium and a half have provided the ever-present backdrop to its people's lives.

From the timeless intimacy of Marown Old Church to the soaring magnificance of the New Kirk Braddan, and from the Methodist simplicity to Catholic oppulence, the churches and chapels of the Island reflect the people who built and used them

Artchitectural historian Jonathan Kewley explains why and how they were built and identifies features of particular interest. Magnificent colour photographs capture the essence of the buildings and reveals details often unfamiliar even to regular visitors. On the accopmpanying CD, the well known organist Gareth Moore plays a selection of pieces on fifteen of the Island's best organs.


Manks Flora

Manks Flora

Author: John Callister & Chris Sheard

Pages: 169 Size 15cm x 21cm Paperback

10.00

This book provides for the first time a full list of Manx Gaelic names for the flora of the Isle of Man. It makes identifying and finding Manx plant names easy as well as giving a useful guide to their meaning and pronounciation.


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!


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