Why did the Celts love stealing cows? What was the Norman Invasion, and were they all called Norman? From the Ice Age up to the present day, through the Vikings and Tudors, British rule and the fight for independence, he covers it all – with his tongue in his cheek, of course. The succinct, lively text is complemented by comic, colourful illustrations.

Manny Man is back! Ruddy now turns his playful eye to Ireland’s revolutionary period as Manny Man steps into the shoes of the key players like Michael Collins and Éamon de Valera and takes us through the Easter Rising, War of Independence and Civil War, right up to the early years of the Free State. With clear maps, clever gags and flamboyant illustrations, he tells the story of how the country won its independence with clarity and hilarity.

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