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Manx Myths, Mysteries & Miscellanies

By Robert Kelly

Do you know what a Vitascope clock is? Or where you can find the remains of the Manx flax industry?
Or what was the meaning behind Mabelreign? Robert Kelly does!

Manx born and bred, Robert spent his entire life researching and writing about the Isle of Man, and amassed a huge fund of fascinating and little-known information.

Sadly Robert died in 2018, but this collection of some of his unpublished work reminds us not only of his erudition and delight in detail, but also his love of the myriad stories which contribute to the identity of his homeland.

Whether he’s writing about repurposing a concrete ship or the history of the Douglas mace, Robert Kelly writes with wit, individuality and style.

Welcome to Loaghtan Books

As a reader have you ever felt that the books you really want to own are just too expensive?

So did we!

To rectify that we at Loaghtan Books keep our prices as low as possible and the quality of our books as high as we can.

We are a small but growing independent publishing house, founded to produce the sort of books we want to read but can’t find elsewhere. At the moment we publish only factual books, but in the future, who knows…?

We don’t restrict ourselves to specialising in certain subjects, preferring to base our books on what readers tell us interest them. Whatever the subject each publication is researched thoroughly and imaginatively illustrated. Our books aim equally at education, illumination and entertainment or, to put it another way, learning and fun.

Some of our books are based on unique historic material; manuscripts and photographs not previously published to which we have added commentary so that our readers can understand allusions in the text not obvious to modern eyes.

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