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Manx Words

Manx Words

Author: James Harrison & Adrian Cain

Pages: 181 Size: 11.50cm x 17cm Paperback

£10.00

This book is a list of words that will be of use to all those who have been learning the Manx language for a little while. It provides a core vocabulary that will help learners to start using Manx in everyday situations.

The book is based on the highly regarded Welsh Words book and it presents the key vocabulary words in context and also provides assistance with Manx grammar.
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Manx Classics: The Folk-Lore of the Isle of Man

Manx Classics: The Folk-Lore of the Isle of Man

Author: Arthur William Moore

Pages: 194 Size: 12cm x 18cm Paperback

£8.99

This is one of the earliest collections of the tales and legends unique to the Isle of Man. Collected and published by one of the founding fathers of Manx preservation. This volume features many stories and tales gathered together by the author from the people of the Island from both English and Manx sources. As it said in the original description: "Being an Account of Its Myths, Legends, Superstitions, Customs, and Proverbs, Collected from Many Sources; with a Genreral Introduction; and with Explanatory Notes to Each Chapter"
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The Island Kitchen - Appetising Recipes From the Isle of Man's Finest Chefs and Restaurants.

The Island Kitchen - Appetising Recipes From the Isle of Man's Finest Chefs and Restaurants.

Author: Foreword: Colin Clague

Pages: 288 Size: 25cm x 19cm Hardback

£19.50

The Isle of Man has a rapidly growing international reputation for its outstanding food and drink. Traditionally known for its excellent kippers, the Island also boasts some of the finest seafood anywhere. This lavishly illustrated book portrays the high standard of cuisine that can be found on the Isle of Man, showcasing signature dishes from the Island's best chefs and restaurants using the abundant, high quality produce that the Isle of Man is renowned for.
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Manx Folk Tales

Manx Folk Tales

Author: Fiona Angwin / Illustrator: Denise McCoid

Pages: 181 Size: 13cm x 20cm Paperback

£9.99

These lively and entertaining folk tales are vividly retold by professional storyteller Fiona Angwin. Their origins lost in the oral tradition, these thirty stories from the Isle of Man reflect the wisdom (and eccentricities) of the Island and its people. Discover why the Manx cat has no tail and what makes the Loaghtan sheep so unusual. Read about the Black Dog of Peel , Jack the Giant Killer, the Buggane of St Trinians, fairy folk and the phynodderee. These enchanting tales will appeal to modern readers and storytellers, young and old alike, both on the Isle of Man and further afield,
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On Manannan's Isle

On Manannan's Isle

Author: Usha Kishore

Pages: 62 Size: 15cm x 21cm Paperback

£5.99

Usha Kishore's poetry collection portrays the increasingly cosmopolitan nature of the Isle of Man with its post colonial palette of language and culture. The evocative work explores many facets of the Isle of Man like the landscape, culture, history and art. As the title suggests, the spirit of the Celtic deity Manannan permeates the whole collection
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Supernatural Isle of Man (new revised edition)

Supernatural Isle of Man (new revised edition)

Author: Jenny Randles New Edition Edited by Sue Woolley

Pages: 192 Size: 14cm x19cm Paperback

£9.99

There is probably no other place like the Isle of Man where the weird and mystical remain as close to the community. Celtic myths legends and traditions forged the people and many are still recognised.

Where else in modern times would you find a UFO crash on a mountain top alongside precautions to ensure that the present British monarch paid homage to strange beings that live under a bridge? This book brings you the adventures of the fynoderee, the fearsome moddey doo to name just a couple.

As well as following these weird tales from the comfort of your armchair, it's visitor freindly features will also allow you to go out and discover the places mentioned for yourself.
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The Manxman

The Manxman

Author: Hall Caine

Pages: 353 Size 12cm x 17cm Paperback

£8.99

One of the most popular novels of its time, The Manxman is a romantic tale of love, heartbreak and redemption set on the Isle of Man. Kate Gregeen loves Peter Quillam who seeks his fortune abroad in order that he may marry her. Peter's best friend Philip is to look after Kate while he is away. During Peter's absence Kate and Philip become lovers but Philip chooses his legal career over Kate. Peter returns having made his fortune and the consequences of each characters actions are played out.

In his time Hall Caine was one of the most popular writers in the world. Translated into 12 languages, selling over half a million copies, and being made into films, including one by Hitchcock, this is his greatest novel.
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Time Enough

Time Enough

Author: Winston David Ward

Pages: 320 Size: 15cm x 19cm Paperback

£16.95

In 1996, a young Canadian artist travelled to the Isle of Man in the hopes of finding a new home. Lured by the opportunities that only a burgeoning offshore banking centre could offer, he was soon to discover that the island is more than meets the eye.

This outsider's perspective of the island contains a variety of pictures and photographs and, pays particular heed to Manx folklore. Local folk tales give fair warning that this island can ensnare the unsuspecting, and the treasure it contains may not be quite what one expects. But who pays heed to old superstitions? Then what should we make make of the 'Lazy Wife' who is rewarded for her cunning, or those fearsome creatures that come in the night to help with our chores? The trickster God and the little folk, for whom 'Sunday' is an unspeakable word?

Moral tales, meant to keep us on the straight and narrow? No, these stories are about something more. They are about life and creativity, fate and fortune, and we shouldn't be surprised when everyday life reflects folklore.
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The Deemster

The Deemster

Author: Hall Caine

Pages; 254 Size 12cm x 17cm Paperback

£7.99

Hall Caine's first novel set on the Isle of Man is a dramatic family saga telling the story of several generations of a Manx family. From bribery to piousness, depression and lost honour to love and fights to the death, this story was so popular in its time that Bram Stoker wrote the introduction to a later edition and King Edward VII made a surprise visit to the Island to be shown some of the locations in which the novel is set. The Deemster was the basis for several stage plays and a 1917 American film which starred Caine's son Derwent Hall Caine.

In his time Hall Caine was one of the most popular writers in the world. The Deemster was his first novel set on the Isle of Man. It was a huge success running to over 50 editions in at least 9 languages.


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The Little Manx Nation

The Little Manx Nation

Author: Hall Caine

Pages; 105 Size 12cm x 17cm Paperback

£5.99

As well as being one of the most famous writers of his day, Sir Thomas Henry Hall Caine was also a conservationist and lecturer. Above all, however, he was a great enthusiast for his native Manx homeland.

He was popular enough to be a celebrity and picture postcards of him were sold and traded around the world. He fell out with Alfred Hitchcock while the director was producing a film based on Caine's most famous novel The Manxman (the film was completed in Cornwall).

Hall Caine promoted his views about the Island in lectures across the globe and this volume, originally published in 1891, brought together his thoughts and ideas in a populist style which appealed to all ages.


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The Phynodderree and Other Legends from the Isle of Man

The Phynodderree and Other Legends from the Isle of Man

Author: Edward callow

Pages; 93 Size: 12cm x 17cm Paperback

£5.99

Based on his early childhood memories and interviews with Manx people of the time, the ancient tales of the Phynodderree, the Buggane of St Trinians', the Fairy Cup of Malew and The Great Sword Macabuin were collected and written down by Edward Callow and first published in 1882. The existence of fairies was still held to be a certainty amongst the Manx people at this time.

Edward Callow originally wrote this book to rescue from oblivion some of the tales and legends of his own childhood. He hoped that reading them would encourage in his readers a desire to visit the Isle of Man.


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Neen y Ghruffalo

Neen y Ghruffalo

Author: Julia Donaldson / Axel Scheffler

Pages: 32 Size: 22cm x 27cm Paperback

£6.99

This Manx Gaelic translation of the classic story, Gruffalo's Child, the follow up to Julia Donaldson's Gruffalo, tells the tale of the young Gruffalo on a cold and snowy night as she encounters the hullad/owl; shynnagh/fox; aarnieu/snake and of course the lugh vooar olk/the big bad mouse. The book comes with a free CD of the story narrated in Manx by Annie Kissack.


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Manx Fairy Tales

Manx Fairy Tales

Author: Sophia Morrison & Bob Carswell / Illustrator Julia Ashby Smyth

Pages: 111 Size: 25cm x 23cm Hardback

£16.00

Manx Fairy Tales collected by Sophia Morrison at the beginning of last century, has proved to be one of the most popular and enduring works ever published about the Isle of Man. All the famous characters from Manx mythology appear in this collection: the Buggane of St Trinian's, the Moddey Dhoo of Peel Castle and the wren who, through her cunning and quick thinking, became the King of the Birds.

This edition of the stories has been newly editied by Bob Carswell who has adapted the text to make it accessible to the modern reader, though keeping all the drama and characters of the originals. Also for this edtion, Julian Ashby Smyth has created a rich and colourful illustrations and Charles Guard has produced a specially recorded CD, with original music and sound effects, which brings the 15 key stories to life.
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Droghad Ny Seihill

Droghad Ny Seihill

Author: Christopher Lewin

Pages 266 Size 14cm x 21cm Paperback

£8.00

'Droghad ny Seihill’ (The Bridge of the Worlds) is a fantasy novel about a young Manx girl who discovers that she has unusual powers which allow her to travel to a parallel universe. Although permitting her to escape from her problems in this world, things start to become more sinister, people vanish and an ancient evil is awoken from its slumber.


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Kemmyrkagh

Kemmyrkagh

Author: Pol O Muiri

Pages: 37 Size 15cm x 21cm Paperback

£7.00

Kemmyrkagh is the second in the series of books written by Pól Ó Muirí to be translated into Manx. Readers of Paloma will already have made the acquaintance of Marika, a young Bosnian woman living with her daughter in a village in rural Ireland. Why did Marika have to flee from her own country? How did she travel to Ireland? What happened when she reached Ireland? These questions are answered in this short novel which portrays in Manx the difficulties encountered by refugees in Ireland. Difficult words and phrases are explained at the foot of each page
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The Waves of Manannan mac Lir

The Waves of Manannan mac Lir

Author: Charles W. MacQuarrie Illustrator: R. Tatro

Pages: 59 Size: 13cm x 18cm Paperback

£6.99

Mannanan mac Lir was the King of the Celtic otherworld in the sea and under the earth of Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. There were many stories told of him from as early as 750 A.D.

This book is a collection of some of those stories that have been translated and freely adapted by the author with the intention of being suitable for children. In these stories Manannan serves as a tester and a teacher to the morals he encounters. Sometimes he appears as a nobleman, sometimes a churl, sometimes he imparts his wisdom gently, he also teaches philospophy and good manners and always has the best interests of civilisation at heart.
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Bun-ry-skyn lesh Orry

Bun-ry-skyn lesh Orry

Author: Colman O Raghallaigh and Anne Marie Carroll

Pages: 56 Size: 13cm x 20cm Paperback

£7.00

Translated from the Irish into Manx by Christopher Lewin, ‘Bun-ry-skynn lesh Orry’ tells the story of poor Orry: everything always seems to be upside down in his life. These three short stories, Drogh Laa Orry, Orry ayns Garey ny Beiyn and Orry ‘sy Thie–Lheihys are suitable for both young and old alike
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Encore! The Story of the Isle of Man Symphony Orchestra

Encore! The Story of the Isle of Man Symphony Orchestra

Author: Maurice Powell

Pages 219 Size; 19cm x 20cm Paperback

£15.00

This is the story of amateur orchestras on the Isle of Man for the past two hundred years.

Some of the earliest references to classical concerts on the Island date from the early nineteenth century, but in 1917, the first properly constituted amateur orchestra was formed, with regular rehersals and regular condutor, J E Quayle

The Isle of Man has been well served by its amateur orchestral musicians, who have participated in some of the largest and most successful musical events ever produced here, and continue to do so.
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A Detailed Account of Manx Cats

A Detailed Account of Manx Cats

Author: Sara Goodwins

Pages: 32 Size; 21cm x 21cm Paperback

£4.95

The Isle of Man's tailless cats are famous across the world, but the reason why they differ in this respect from almost all other cats is still subject to misunderstanding, coment and speculation. Did a TT motorcyclist run over a cat's tail or did Mannanan, Celtic God of the Sea and the island's traditional protector, create cats withoout tails? Or, more prosaically, is tailless the result of their heredity?

This book goes some way towards explaining the origin and folklore of these intelligent and freindly animals.
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Paloma Oorskeeal da'n Yneseydagh Aasit

Paloma Oorskeeal da'n Yneseydagh Aasit

Author: Pol o Muiri

Pages; 40 Size 21cm x 15cm Paperback

£7.00

This book is written for adult learners of Irish and is translated into Manx. The text is accompanied by footnotes to help the reader through together with a CD of the story being narrated.

Paloma tells the story of Paloma Pettigrew, a young female Garda who moves to the quiet countryside but comes across unexpected problems and has a complicated and dangerous crime to solve.
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Yn Gruffalo

Yn Gruffalo

Author: Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Pages: 30 Size: 21cm x 27cm Paperback

£6.99

This is the popular children's classic tale published in Manx Gaelic with all its original colourful artwork. The publication has the added attraction of a CD inside its back cover with the story read in Manx Gaelic by Annie Kissack.
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My Grandmother's Cook Book

My Grandmother's Cook Book

Author: Sue Woolley

Pages: 128 Size: 21x15cm Paperback

£10.50

Now in its fourth edition, this book contains a wealth of recipes and folk lore unique to the Isle of Man. Many of the recipes are still firm favourites on the Island and the author has laid out the ingredients and methods in a clear and concise way so that the modern cook will be able to prepare these traditional food to serve in a contemporary dining room.

The book is also full of fascinating anecdotes about manx life as it was not too long ago. Everything from fairies to children's celebration songs.
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Gold Dust and Calm - A Collection of Watercolours by Robert Evans Creer

Gold Dust and Calm - A Collection of Watercolours by Robert Evans Creer

Author: Valerie Cottle

Pages: 64 Size: 28cm x 22cm Hardback

£12.99

This charming book features the watercolours of a hitherto unknown Manx artist of the mid-19th century.

Robert Evans Creer was born in Ramsey and was the son of the harbour master. His unusual paintings depict many rural scenes around the Isle of Man, though most of them are based in the north. Creer’s style of painting might be described as a naïve style, and it has a remarkable freshness and innocence which takes you right to the heart of the subject.

The country scenes often show ordinary people, walking the lanes, passing on a cart, leaning on a gate, or, in one case, wearing a splendid pair of braces whilst working on a lawn.

This remarkable book gives a fascinating insight into the rural Isle of Man of the 19th century, and its glowing colours and unique views of the landscape make it a book that will be treasured by anyone who buys it.

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Manannan's Cloak: An Anthology of Manx Literature

Manannan's Cloak: An Anthology of Manx Literature

Author: Various

Pages: 242 Size 23cm x 15cm Paperback

£16.99

Selected and translated by Robert Corteen Carswell, Manannan's Cloak brings together a range of texts in the Gaelic language of the Isle of Man from the earliest writings to the present day, along with their English translations. The texts in Manx are linked by a narrative which places them in the context of Manx history, and includes observations about the language and the peole who used it by a number of officilas and vistors to the |sland.
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Kiaull yn Theay 2

Kiaull yn Theay 2

Author: Manx Gaelic Society

Pages; 107 Size; 15cm x 21cm Paperback

£6.00

Manx music and songs for folk instruments. First compiled by Colin Jerry in 1979
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Kiaull yn Theay 1

Kiaull yn Theay 1

Author: Manx Gaelic Society

Pages; 68 Size; 15cm x 21cm Paperback

£6.00

Manx music and songs for folk instruments. First compiled by Colin Jerry in 1979.
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Eish as Nish

Eish as Nish

Author: Frank Woolley

Pages; 56 Size 23cm x30cm Paperback

£7.50

This is a book of easy to moderate piano pieces features 64 arrangements by local composer Frank Woolley. Using the best-loved Manx tunes as well as some lesser known ones, Frank has created a series of inventive and attractive arrangements that will suit beginners as well as those seeking a new slant on traditional Manx music
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T.E. Brown - Collected Poems

T.E. Brown - Collected Poems

Pages: 736 Size: 21x14cm Hardback

£7.00

A collection of poems including the Fo'c'sle Yarns.

T.E. Brown: An Anthology

T.E. Brown: An Anthology

Pages: 124 Size: 26x21cm Paperback

£11.99

An ideal guide for first time readers of our National Poet's work.

Celtic Names for Children

Celtic Names for Children

Author: Todd

Pages: 191 Size 20cmx13cm Paperback

£7.99

The definitive guide to Celtic names with more than 2,000 names from Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, Cornwall, Wales and the Isle of Man. The book contains associated myths and stories, helpful pronounciations, and most common variant spellings
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Manx Fairy Tales

Manx Fairy Tales

Author: Sophia Morrison

Pages: 232 Size: 19x13cm Hardback

£8.95

A detailed look at some of Mann's fairy tales including the Black Dog of Peel Castle.
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Skeealyn Mooinjer Veggey Vannin

Skeealyn Mooinjer Veggey Vannin

Author: Sohpia Morrison / Translated by Juan Moore

Pages: 260 Size: 12cm x 18cm Paperback

£12.00

This delightfully illustrated book is the Manx Gaelic version of the famous Manx Fairy Tales collected by Sophia Morrison in the early 20th century and which form the bedrock of Manx myth and folklore.

New illustrations have been commissioned from local artist Juan Moore and this new and fresh translation will be a delight for all those who speak Manx Gaelic.

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More Manx Myths

More Manx Myths

Author: Dennis Turner

Pages: 112 Size: 14x21cm Paperback

£9.99

This is the second volume of modern narrative rhyming verse written by the author to portray the love of his homeland and his ability to poke gentle fun at its legendary fantasies and folklore

The Moddey Dhoo

The Moddey Dhoo

Author: David Livesey

Pages: 64 Size: 21x30cm Paperback

£9.95

This is a beautifully illustrated graphic novel with text designed to pass on a well known Manx folk tale of the Black Dog of Peel Castle in a visual and stimulating way.
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Folklore of the Isle of Man

Folklore of the Isle of Man

Author: A.W.Moore

Pages: 192 Size: 20x15cm Paperback

£15.00

This includes myths legends fairies old customs superstitions proverbs and sayings from the Isle of Man.

Tales of A Manx Preemie - The Pixilated Boy

Tales of A Manx Preemie - The Pixilated Boy

Author: Kieran Metcalfe

Pages: 126 Size; 12x18cm Paperback

£4.95

Join Kayleigh on her first fictional adventure among the Manx fairies.

Tales of A Manx Preemie – The Kobold’s Cave

Tales of A Manx Preemie – The Kobold’s Cave

Author: Kieran Metcalfe

Pages: 162 Size: 12x18cm Paperback

£4.95

Join Kayleigh on her second fictional adventure among the Manx fairies.

Tales of A Manx Preemie – The Black Dog of Peel Castle

Tales of A Manx Preemie – The Black Dog of Peel Castle

Author: Kieran Metcalfe

Pages: 156 Size:12x18cm Paperback

£4.95

Join Kayleigh on her third fictional adventure among the Manx fairies.

Fables Fantasies and Folklore

Fables Fantasies and Folklore

Author: Harry Penrice

Pages: 101 Size: 21x15cm Hardback

A must for those with any interest in Manx folk-lore and the tales of country dwellers.

SORRY, THIS BOOK IS NOW OUT OF PRINT AND NOLONGER AVAILABLE
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