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  “When Cornelius Smelt died in 1832, they decided to build a memorial in his honour.
It was supposed to be a column with an urn on top. (Why an urn? No idea!) The column was built in 1837, but the money ran out so it’s urn-less. You can still see it in Castletown. Locally it’s called The Candlestick. ” A Young Manx History page 47
 
 
How illustrations work
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  We’ve never done a book with cartoons before so our first problem was – find a cartoonist. That wasn’t so much of a problem as we know a couple of people whose cartoons are superb. (Are you reading this Julia?)  
  The problem was they, quite rightly when you think about it, wanted paying for their work. Now we do make a profit from our books – that’s one of the reasons we publish of course – but we don’t make that much. We keep the prices as low as we can because we want people to buy and enjoy them. And we do have to eat (no comments about the rotundity of the junior partner please!).  
  So, we decided to have a go ourselves at producing the cartoons. Some of them we think work quite well, like the storm scene or the Viking losing his helmets – you can see both of those on this page. And the front cover is not too bad.  
  There were one or two which weren’t so hot though. Look on page 9 – the man’s hands are much too small. Or page 40 – the plough isn’t actually behind the horse. Still, we hope you like them in general.
  The positive side of doing it ourselves of course is that, if the text doesn’t quite fill the page, we can just add another cartoon. That’s what happened on page 59 and 60…
  A Young Manx History
Remember learning history at school? All those boring dates which didn’t seem to mean anything? Kings who spent all their time doing king-y stuff
and ignoring the ordinary people? All those dynastic marriages and treaties with people you’ve never heard of when what you really want to know is what happened to the ordinary people and how did things get to be as they are.

illustration from the book 'A young manx history'

Our books are fairly informal but there’s not much aimed at children. Until now.

A Young Manx History gallops through the important parts of Manx history without being boring. It also talks about bits of history which
are fascinating for all the wrong reasons.

illustration from the book 'A young manx history'
illustration from the book 'A young manx history'

Like the fact that the man who founded the RNLI couldn’t swim. Or the invader who waited until everyone else was tired of fighting and then walked in and claimed victory… Or even the discovery of the first human flea in Britain.

illustration from the book 'A young manx history'

With lots of cartoon illustrations, a time line
which mostly takes care of all those dates and
boxes giving the interesting stuff without having
to search for them, we hope that this will interest
children in Manx history.

And why should children have all the fun?
Adults might enjoy it too…

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