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Welcome To:

The Lexicon Bookshop

Specialists in Manx Books, Souvenirs & Gifts.



Founded in 1936, the Lexicon is the Isle of Man's longest established bookseller and we hold out the promise to customers who visit our shop of extraordinary discoveries within the friendly and relaxed surroundings of a traditional family owned shop.

We specialise in books, gifts and souvenirs with a local interest. Currently there are an unprecedented number of books being published covering all aspects of life past and present in the Isle of Man. In addtion, there are a wide range of DVDs, CDs, calendars, models, gifts and souvenirs.

We hope that you enjoy browsing our website and all of the items featured can be purchased online using our secure shopping cart system.

You can also follow us on Twitter @lexiconbookshop

Gura mie eu / Thankyou

Best Selling Items

The Lifeboat Baronet - Launching the RNLI

The Lifeboat Baronet - Launching the RNLI

14.99

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is a treasured charity whose mission is to save lives at sea, but what is known of its founder, Sir William Hillary?

Back in the nineteenth century, when death from a shipwreck was a tragic reality of life, the handsome, charismatic and adventurous Hillary decided to atone for his chequered past to do someting to prevent it. His journey from Regency rake to national hero led him to leave his family in Liverpool, travel abroad, mingle with royalty, marry an heiress and, during the Napoleonic Wars, head the largest volunteer army in Britain. Then financial and marital catastrophe struck. Forced to seek exile on the Isle of Man , a harrowing shipwreck inspired his historic campaign.

Having battled to found the National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck (today's RNLI) in 1824, Hillary's commitment never faltered. He frequently took to the lifeboats in Douglas, braving terrifying storms and saving hundreds of lives, despite never learning to swim!


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Celtic Sterling Silver Triple Spiral Knot Pendant

Celtic Sterling Silver Triple Spiral Knot Pendant

28.00

This Triple Spiral Aela Sterling Silver Pendant also features a Trinity Knot at the centre of its design. The Pendant comes with a 16" - 18" adjustable chain and comes complete witha balck and gold presentation box.
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Three Legs of Man Cufflinks

Three Legs of Man Cufflinks

17.00

Manufactured from Pewter especially for the Lexicon, these 15mm diameter cufflinks come in a wooden presentation box with the same matching 3 Legs motif on the top of the box.
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All Round Guide to the Isle of Man

All Round Guide to the Isle of Man

5.95

Published in April 2014, this is now the 7th edition of this comprehensive and beautifully illustrated guide. It tells the full story of what makes the Isle of Man such an interesting and memorable place to visit. and includes places to see, maps, car tours, walking ideas, cycle trails and street plans.

With something for everyone, let this guide share the island's secrets, as well as its visitor attractions and breathtaking natural beauty, to allow you to make the most of your visit
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Three Legs of Man Stainless Steel Oblong Hip Flask

Three Legs of Man Stainless Steel Oblong Hip Flask

20.00

This stainless steel hip flask contains a Three Legs pewter motif on the front face and has been designed especially for Lexicon Bookshop. This item is supplied with a presentation box.
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Motorcycle GP Racing in the 1960s

Motorcycle GP Racing in the 1960s

30.00

The 1960s was a unique era in the history of motorcycle Grand Prix racing, and arguably marked the last period of 'traditional' road racing. The decade saw the rise of the Japanese factories that would eventually dominate the sport, and the burgeoning two-stroke technology that would go on to replace the traditional four stroke machines. It was undoubtedly one of the most glorious and exciting decades as far as technological diversity was concerned, with machines that displayed a remarkable variety of technical complexity - at least fifty different makes of machine from over half a dozen countries were involved in the events. This book covers these years in full - the bikes, the riders, and the races - offering a beautifully illustrated and engrossing account of a remarkable era in Grand Prix racing.


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Those Were the Days Volume II More Collected Images from the Isle of Man's Past

Those Were the Days Volume II More Collected Images from the Isle of Man's Past

16.95

This book is mostly made up of images from ther Keig archives. Keig's the photographers were established in 1860 and over the years they built up an impressive collection of pictures reflecting many aspects of the Isle of Man.

The absence of public transport in Keig's early years meant that many of the older photos tend to centre on Douglas.

Many of the images in this volume have been taken from original glass negatives, some dating back more than 150 years, and, unsurprisingly, some of the negatives have become scratched or have blemishes due to age.

Following high-definition scanning, the worst of the damage has been corrected and resulting in the collection being safely digitised and archived for futrue generations to enjoy.
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This Terrible Ordeal - Manx Letters, Diaires and Memories of the Great War

This Terrible Ordeal - Manx Letters, Diaires and Memories of the Great War

15.00

The First World War, a cataclysmic global event, triggered the birth of the modern Isle of Man. With personal testomonies from men, women and children of the time, this book charts how the Island endured the conflict which dragged it politically, socially and constitutionally into the twentiesth century.

The author illuminates untold personal stories of war with letters home from Manx soldiers and sailors, and with the poetry and art produced in reaction to the conflict. He examines the changing role of women, the experiences of those interned on the Island, attitudes to conscientious objectors and concludes by analysing the lasting impact of war in the years which followed.
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Three Legs of Man Pewter Pocket Watch

Three Legs of Man Pewter Pocket Watch

25.00

This quartz movement pewter pocket displaying a Celtic surround and the Three Legs of Man has been designed especially for Lexicon Bookshop. The watch is supplied in a presentation box.
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Celtic Tri-Spirals Sterling Silver Bracelet

Celtic Tri-Spirals Sterling Silver Bracelet

85.00

A Celtic 925 Sterling Silver Bracelet, featuring a traditional Tri-Spirals design and comes complete with an attractive black and gold presentation box
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Snowfall 2013

Snowfall 2013

12.00

Seven hundred homes without power. Numerous roads closed. Ferry services cancelled. Food supplies airlifted in. Gale-force easterly winds gusting up to 60mph. And then there was the snow - the worst fall for 50 years.

This was the scene on the Isle of Man in the third week of March 2013 - just a week before the start of British Summer Time.

Those hit hardest were farmers and their livestock in the west and north of the Island. For days, entire flocks of hill sheep were buried under snow drifts up to 16 feet deep. Cattle too were stranded without food and water. Thousands of animals died and with no hope of a quick thaw, livelihoods were increasingly under threat.

Yet, as this book describes and so vividly illustrates, in the face of this disaster Manx community spirit shone through.

Proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit the Isle of Man Agricultural Benevolent Trust.
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New Products

All Torque - My Life at Breakneck Speed

18.99

PUBLICATION DATE 22nd MAY, 2014

"It was the start of the third lap of the 2010 Senior TT, the last race of the fortnight. The last chance to get a TT win for another year, and I was pushing hard. Ballagarey. The kind of corner that makes me continue road racing. A proper man's corner. You go through the right-hander at something like 170mph, leant right over, eyes fixed as far down the road as I can see. But this time something happened. This time the front end tucked."

Guy Martin, international road-racing legend, maverick star of the Isle of Man TT, truck mechanic and TV presenter, lives on the edge, addicted to speed, thoroughly exhilarated by danger. In this book you will get inside his head as he stares death in the face, and risks his life in search of the next high. You'll discover what it feels like to survive a 170mph fireball at the TT in 2010, and comeback to do it all again. He'll sweep you up in a gritty sort of glory as he slogs it out for a place on the podium, but you'll also see him struggle with the flipside of fame. You meet his friends and foes, his family, his teammates and bosses and you'll discover what motivates him, and where his strengths and weaknesses lie. For the first time, here is the full story in Guy's own words. From the boy who learned to prep bikes with his dad, to the spirited team mechanic, paying his way by collecting glasses, to the young racer at the start of his first race and the buzz he's been chasing ever since. This thrilling autobiography is an intense and dramatic ride.


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Scooter Mania

Scooter Mania

14.99

PUBLICATION DATE 15th MAY, 2014

THE AUTHOR WILL BE SIGNING IN STORE ON MAD SUNDAY (1ST JUNE) BETWEEN 2PM & 3PM AND AGAIN DURING THIS YEAR'S SCOOTER RALLY ON SAT 28TH JUNE BETWWEN 10AM & 11AM


A complete history of the Isle of Man International Scooter Rally including competitor’s and organizer’s personal experiences, the controversies and difficulties experienced by the Rally Committee in what became a remarkable 20-year chapter in the history of Scootering Sport. Events included Endurance and Navigational trials, Hill Climbs, Scrambling, Gymkhana Competitions, Circuit and Closed Road Racing, Assembly Rallies and Sand Racing.

A year-on-year account of the event, the brainchild of WWI veteran-turned-politician, James Mylchreest Cain. Following a fact-finding mission to Dusseldorf, accompanied by Peter Agg from Lambretta, the second Rally went International for 1958, and was to grow in popularity throughout the 1960s, attracting competitors from countries as far and wide as Australia, USA, Rhodesia, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Poland, Czechoslovakia and India.

In addition to gymkhana and endurance events, closed-road and circuit racing attracted fast men such as Neville Frost, John and Norman Ronald, Ray Kemp, Andy Smith, and Norrie Kerr. In 1971, the then chairman of the Tourist Board, Bill Quayle, declared that the annual Scooterist week was “the most important cog in the mosaic of Manx tourism.” The author’s access to personal photographic archives, and Manx Press pictures, combined with period reports and interviews with competitors, builds a unique reconstruction of a hugely successful event on the scootering sporting calendar: an event that was to endure for 20 years and attract thousands of spectators.


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TT Talking - The TT’s Most Exciting Era as Seen by Manx Radio TT’s Lead Commentator 2004-2012

TT Talking - The TTs Most Exciting Era as Seen by Manx Radio TTs Lead Commentator 2004-2012

14.99

PUBLICATION DATE - 15TH APRIL 2014

THE AUTHOR WILL BE SIGNING IN STORE ON FRI 30TH MAY BETWEEN 11AM & 12PM


The decade between 2004 and 2014 was one of the most dramatic eras in the century-old history of the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy, which began with the races in decline, and many observers fearing that they would soon be killed off by a combination of rising costs, political correctness and logistical practicalities. But, just a few years later, the triumphant 2007 celebration of the races’ centenary launched the TT into a whole new era of public and commercial success.

With growing public interest and awareness, road racing became established as a specialist sport in its own right. Media interest soared; a feature length documentary took cinemas by storm worldwide, and a new generation of technocrats hastened to the island to develop zero emissions motorbike racing.


All of these events unfolded under the gaze of Charlie Lambert, appointed TT Anchor Commentator by Manx Radio in 2004. In TT Talking, Charlie tells the story of the TT’s sensational turn of fortune, whilst simultaneously lifting the lid on his role behind the microphone in this story. Revealing the pressures, the controversies, the laughs and the sadness that go with being at the heart of the world’s most famous – and controversial – road races.
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All Round Guide to the Isle of Man

All Round Guide to the Isle of Man

5.95

Published in April 2014, this is now the 7th edition of this comprehensive and beautifully illustrated guide. It tells the full story of what makes the Isle of Man such an interesting and memorable place to visit. and includes places to see, maps, car tours, walking ideas, cycle trails and street plans.

With something for everyone, let this guide share the island's secrets, as well as its visitor attractions and breathtaking natural beauty, to allow you to make the most of your visit
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Ben-My-Chree VI Mounted Print

Ben-My-Chree VI Mounted Print

35.00

This mounted print depicts the Ben-My-Chree VIs arrival in Douglas for the first time on 6th July 1998 as her predecessor, KIng Orry VI departs for Heysham.

This is the latest in the series of Steam Packet illustrations by this artist and serves as a tribute to the late Captain Vernon Kinley who brought the new Ben from her Dutch builders in Rotterdam and who sadly passed away a few weeks later.

Limited Edition Print of 20 is set into a cream card mount ready for framing.
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Motorcycle GP Racing in the 1960s

Motorcycle GP Racing in the 1960s

30.00

The 1960s was a unique era in the history of motorcycle Grand Prix racing, and arguably marked the last period of 'traditional' road racing. The decade saw the rise of the Japanese factories that would eventually dominate the sport, and the burgeoning two-stroke technology that would go on to replace the traditional four stroke machines. It was undoubtedly one of the most glorious and exciting decades as far as technological diversity was concerned, with machines that displayed a remarkable variety of technical complexity - at least fifty different makes of machine from over half a dozen countries were involved in the events. This book covers these years in full - the bikes, the riders, and the races - offering a beautifully illustrated and engrossing account of a remarkable era in Grand Prix racing.


find out more

Three Legs of Man Pocket Watch and Matching Cufflinks Set

Three Legs of Man Pocket Watch and Matching Cufflinks Set

40.00

Made exclusively for the Lexicon, this pewter Pocket Watch and matching Cufflinks set comes in a wooden handmade trunk.
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Three Legs of Man Round Hip Flask

Three Legs of Man Round  Hip Flask

30.00

This 4.5oz stainless steel round hip flask with the 3 Legs motif has been especially commissioned by the Lexicon. There is a porthole on the reverse of the flask for viewing the fluid level. Comes in presentation.
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The Lifeboat Baronet - Launching the RNLI

The Lifeboat Baronet - Launching the RNLI

14.99

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is a treasured charity whose mission is to save lives at sea, but what is known of its founder, Sir William Hillary?

Back in the nineteenth century, when death from a shipwreck was a tragic reality of life, the handsome, charismatic and adventurous Hillary decided to atone for his chequered past to do someting to prevent it. His journey from Regency rake to national hero led him to leave his family in Liverpool, travel abroad, mingle with royalty, marry an heiress and, during the Napoleonic Wars, head the largest volunteer army in Britain. Then financial and marital catastrophe struck. Forced to seek exile on the Isle of Man , a harrowing shipwreck inspired his historic campaign.

Having battled to found the National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck (today's RNLI) in 1824, Hillary's commitment never faltered. He frequently took to the lifeboats in Douglas, braving terrifying storms and saving hundreds of lives, despite never learning to swim!


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Sites and Stories

Sites and Stories

9.95

Fact or fiction? Most of us read a little of both

This book takes a dozen of the many attractions around the Isle of Man, sets a short story in each of them, and follows the fiction with some factual information about the attraction. Twelve attractions, twelve chapters, twelve stories, twelve sets of information.

So, if you want to know about the oldests working horse tram in the world, the most complete mediaeval castle in Europe, a Victorian House unchanged since its owners left it and a monument to a Liverpool safe maker, read on.

Alternatively, if you prefer to read a crime story, romance, ghost story or science fiction then they're here too.

Something for everyone!
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Understanding Offshore - Offshore Fiduciary Arrangements - A Primer

Understanding Offshore - Offshore Fiduciary Arrangements - A Primer

59.99

This book is described as a "primer" as it is written for the uninformed layman in a simple and uncomplicated style.

What constitutes a tax haven? Where, if anywhere, is offshore? What about the moraility of taxation? What is a tax anyway, and what are the economic effects of taxation? This book explains how to look at the legal vehicles used in fiduciary structures. Trusts, which are widely misunderstood, even amongst lawyers, are also covered as well as companies, mutual companies, foundations, LLCs and partnerships. Finally described are contracts and time, charities, control, asset protection, and combining entities in structures. A must read for law firms, accountants, financial management firms, journalists and politicians.
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Lioar-Ihaih Ghaelgagh

Lioar-Ihaih Ghaelgagh

10.00

The last twenty years has seen a remarkable increase in the use of Manx Gaelic.

This text is a welcome new resource. In particular , it provides a fascinating insight into the language as it was spoken in the nineteenth century. Ther author has provided us with an exciting glimpse of the rich idiom and vocabulary of the language as it was spoken then whilst the material discussed in the passages covers a wide range of topics such as politics, social change and folklore. The substantial body of prose from Manx newspapers as well as from the work of Ned Beg Hom Ruy is presented here in normalised orthography which will enable more Manx speakers and students to enjoy and learn from the material produced by men who learnt their Manx in a natural environment in the nineteenth century.
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Those Were the Days Volume II More Collected Images from the Isle of Man's Past

Those Were the Days Volume II More Collected Images from the Isle of Man's Past

16.95

This book is mostly made up of images from ther Keig archives. Keig's the photographers were established in 1860 and over the years they built up an impressive collection of pictures reflecting many aspects of the Isle of Man.

The absence of public transport in Keig's early years meant that many of the older photos tend to centre on Douglas.

Many of the images in this volume have been taken from original glass negatives, some dating back more than 150 years, and, unsurprisingly, some of the negatives have become scratched or have blemishes due to age.

Following high-definition scanning, the worst of the damage has been corrected and resulting in the collection being safely digitised and archived for futrue generations to enjoy.
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An Introduction to the Architecture of the Isle of Man

An Introduction to the Architecture of the Isle of Man

30.00

The Isle of Man contains many interesting buildings for the discerning resident or visitor to enjoy, with distinctive vernacular cottages, three castles (two built for defence, one built as a ducal residence), works by historically significant architects such as M.H Baillie Scott, Frank Macham and Armitage Rigby, and other distinctive buildings produced through architectural competitions, especially in the Edwardian to Victorian era when many new buidlings were commissioned.

This book which is lavishly illustrated throughout, provides an introduction to this range of buildings stretching from the earliest surviving structures right up to the present.
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This Terrible Ordeal - Manx Letters, Diaires and Memories of the Great War

This Terrible Ordeal - Manx Letters, Diaires and Memories of the Great War

15.00

The First World War, a cataclysmic global event, triggered the birth of the modern Isle of Man. With personal testomonies from men, women and children of the time, this book charts how the Island endured the conflict which dragged it politically, socially and constitutionally into the twentiesth century.

The author illuminates untold personal stories of war with letters home from Manx soldiers and sailors, and with the poetry and art produced in reaction to the conflict. He examines the changing role of women, the experiences of those interned on the Island, attitudes to conscientious objectors and concludes by analysing the lasting impact of war in the years which followed.
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