#PublicationDay #BookReview for The Isle of Man: Stone Age to Swinging Sixties by Matthew Richardson @penswordbooks #IsleofMan #VisitorsHistoricBritain

The reader will perhaps be surprised to learn that the tiny Isle of Man, midway between the coasts of Lancashire and Northern Ireland, is one of the richest historic landscapes in Europe. Packed into its 225 square miles are dramatic stories of Bronze Age conflict, Viking warriors, Medieval kings, smugglers, maritime and railway history, wartime airfields and even a pirate radio station. Add to that the Island’s unique motorsport heritage (on two, three and four wheels), and you have a combination unrivalled anywhere in the British Isles.

Whatever your passion, or whichever historical period appeals to you, the Isle of Man will have something fascinating to offer. Packed with illustrations, and using first-hand accounts to enhance the narrative, this book takes the reader on a chronological journey through the island’s history, before offering a series of guided tours which pick up the highlights of each district.

From Bronze Age hill forts, to Medieval castles. From heritage railways, to historic quaysides. From award-winning museums, to country mansions, the Isle of Man has it all. Let this book be your guide to historic Britain’s best-kept secret, as you explore a place untouched by the hectic pace of 21st century life, where heritage is, quite literally, to be found around every corner.



The Isle of Man has always been a place that I want to visit so I was really keen to find out more about the history and the places to visit.

I found the book to be really informative and I really enjoyed it. I did like the images that were used in the book, but my only suggestion would be that there was a few more added as some of the chapters have quite a lot of text.

I enjoyed the way that the book was set out and the facts and detail added. The author has added in details of the sites (where possible) and the addresses/contact numbers so you can make your own arrangements. There are also four tours you can do in the book, one on foot and three by car to explore some of the different areas. There is a strong focus on the TT as you would expect and it was fun to go round the circuit with the author.

It is 4.5 stars from me for this book, rounded up to 5 stars for Goodreads and Amazon – thoroughly enjoyable and it will be a great reference guide to locals who are new to the locations, as well as those visiting the area!