Looking for a Christmas present for someone interested in local history? Douglas in Passing, a handsome new volume reproducing seventy paintings of the town by Ian Coulson, alongside quirky historical anecdotes by Valerie Cottle, should tick all your boxes. The cover alone is enough to whet your appetite – where is this atmospheric little back lane?
What became of a lively Irish widow in Douglas Bay – who woke an ‘acidulated spinster’ in the early hours in Mount Pleasant – who queued barefoot for soup in Myrtle Street – who wore a blue suit and brown shoes (which were never seen again) on the night of a murder – whose children washed the floor of the Isle of Man Bank in Athol Street – who played Chase-Catch-Kiss in Hillside Avenue – who was fined for showing a light on Prospect Terrace? All the answers, and many more things you didn’t know about the town, are here.
The book is on sale for £25 from 20 November, from all independent local book retailers.
And if you need to feel good about your own motives when buying presents, here’s a plus – neither of the authors of Douglas in Passing is taking any money out of the publication. All profits will go to the Isle of Man Woodland Trust, to expedite vital tree planting on the Island and help mitigate climate change.