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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 by using our secure online store. Alternatively you are more than welcome to contact us by phone (01624 673004) or e-mail (lexicon@manx.net).

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Isle of Man Transport - A Colour Journey Through Time

Isle of Man Transport - A Colour Journey Through Time

25.00

This stunning selection of colour views, dating from the period 1953-1980, includes most of the vessels operated during this period by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company and The Ramsey Steamship Company. Passenger boats and freighters are seen at ports on the island and on the mainland.

There is comprehensive coverage of the Peel, Ramsey and Port Erin lines operated by the Isle of Man Railway with some outstanding views taken during the 1950s, together with excellent portraits of most of the locomotives, as well carriages, vans, wagons, lorries, stations, staff and signal boxes. Also covered are Douglas Station and its environs, St John's junction and the Sunday 'specials' to Braddan.

Many of the rich mix of bus types operated by the railway subsidiary, Isle of Man Road Services, are seen in a variety of locations. Included are some of the vehicles delivered just before and shortly after the Second World War.

There are good views of the fascinating Ramsey Pier Tramway and its unusual rolling stock, as well as rare scenes taken as early as 1953 on the Groudle Glen Railway.

For anyone who loves the Isle of Man and its wealth of vintage transport, this book provides a remarkable trip down memory lane and a colourful reminder of some of its lost glories.
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Isle of Man Steam Railway Engine G H Wood 1:76 Model

Isle of Man Steam Railway Engine G H Wood 1:76 Model

26.95

This model is based on the Beyer, Peacock & Co locomotive which first appeared on the Isle of Man Railway in 1905 and was named after the then company secretary, George Henry Wood. This locomotive was one of two medium boilered locomotives that were introduced during that period.

Although static and non-working this diecast model will no doubt be considered quite collectable by those who model the Isle of Man Railway.
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Thomas Kermode Roberts - The Courteous Captain

Thomas Kermode Roberts - The Courteous Captain

10.00


It must be difficult to imagine what it must have been like to travel as a passenger to and from the Isle of Man on the paddle steamers of the late 1800s.

The Masters entrusted with the safety of the crew, tourists, mail and goods transported aboard the Isle of Man Steam Packet vessels possessed almost super human quantities of valour, seamanship, hardiness and courtesy. Having worked their way up through the ranks to learn the trade, those who succeeded were quite rightly held in high esteem by their employers and the travelling public alike.

Not many records still exist, but newpapers of the day served as a worthy source to experience the exciting and sometimes perilous adventures of one such Master Mariner. This new book by Ruth Sheard is the story of Captain Thomas Kermode Roberts' life on the ocean wave and his contribution to Manx seafaring history

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Official Isle of Man Currency 110 TT Year Anniversary £5.00 Coin

Official Isle of Man Currency 110 TT Year Anniversary 5.00 Coin

10.00

For the year of 2017, Tower Mint Ltd on behalf of the Isle of Man Government has issued a new £5.00 circulating coin to celebrate the 110th Anniversary of the TT. Mounted on a presentation card, this is an officially licensed Isle of Man TT product.



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Isle of Man / Ellan Vannin Oven Glove

Isle of Man / Ellan Vannin Oven Glove

Out of the Shadows Mounted & Signed Limited Edtion Print

Out of the Shadows Mounted & Signed Limited Edtion Print

145.00

This limited edition mounted print of 100 copies entitled 'Out of the Shadows' by leading motorsport artist Ray Goldsbrough shows John McGuinness at St Ninian's crossroads in the 2013 Senior TT. John held off the challenge of teammate Michael Dunlop to record his 20th TT race victory.

All prints are individually signed by John McGuinness
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King of the Mountain Mounted & Signed Limited Edition Print

King of the Mountain Mounted & Signed Limited Edition Print

145.00

This limited edition mounted print of 100 copies entitiled 'King of the Mountain' by leading motorsport artist Ray Goldsbrough shows John McGuinness at Signpost Corner in the 2015 Senior TT. In perfect conditions John set what was then the outright course record (132.701mph) recording his 23rd TT race victory ahead of James Hillier.

All prints are individually signed by John McGuinness
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Looking Back - Isle of Man Holidays

Looking Back - Isle of Man Holidays

16.95

How did the Isle of Man become a favourite tourist destination?

The Isle of Man has been a popular holiday destination since the middle of the 19th century. Cheap travel, the advent of worker's annual holidays and the beginnings of a new tourism industry led to a boom in visitor numbers which has continued right up to the present day.

What is it about the Isle of Man that has kept people coming? Find out what the attractions were in the early days right through to the peak years and beyond in this fascinating and well illustrated book.
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A Manx A-B-C-Dery An Alphabetical Tour of the Isle of Man

A Manx A-B-C-Dery An Alphabetical Tour of the Isle of Man

5.95

There's so much to see in the Isle of Man that it's often difficult to choose which. This book makes it simpler for you.

Twenty-six attractions, one for each letter of the alphabet. Some are well known, some are not, but all are worth a look. For example, did you know that Orrisdale was once called Four Towns but no one seems to know why? Or that Rushen Abbey used to be famous for its cream teas? Or that the Ayres is home to one of only two ecosystems of the kind in Europe?

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The Lifeboat Service in England: The North West and Isle of Man Station by Station

The Lifeboat Service in England: The North West and Isle of Man Station by Station

15.99

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution was established in 1824 and has a long and proud tradition of saving life at sea. Today, the volunteer lifeboat crews on the coasts of Lancashire, Cumbria and the Isle of Man operate high-tech, state-of-the-art lifeboats for the purpose of saving lives at sea.

The RNLI currently operates twenty-four lifeboat stations around the North West and Isle of Man. This comprehensive book has details of every one, with information about their histories and the current operations. It also includes details of old stations that have been closed, and contains descriptions of some of the dramatic, courageous and daring rescues undertaken by the lifeboat crews from the region.

Author Nicholas Leach has amassed a wealth of information about the lifeboats and lifeboat stations of the North West and Isle of Man, past and present, visiting every one to provide a complete and up-to-date record of life-saving in the Irish Sea and off the north-west coast of England.
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Made in Summerland

Made in Summerland

9.99

The author, a Summerland survivor, tells her story through a vivid and evocative examination of events.

This fresh look at the disaster that befell the Isle of Man's most modern holiday complex in 1973 not only sheds new light, but also uncovers many unanswered questions. Some of these questions, particularly about the suitablility of untested modern building materials, have a surprising resonance with more recent events.
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Built For Speed

Built For Speed

20.00

*** WE HAVE A LIMITED NUMBER OF SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE WHILST STOCKS LAST***

John McGuinness is one of the all-time giants of road racing, with a huge host of victories to his name. But his easy humour and down-to-earth attitude off the bike have always kept people guessing: what's the truth about the man inside the helmet, that has kept him at the top of such a sport for over 20 years?

His autobiography tells the whole story, from his humble beginnings in Morecambe and getting his first bike at the age of 3, to working as a bricklayer and cockle fisherman before deciding to follow his dream, and finally to his many victories in the most dangerous sporting event on the planet. He tells of what it takes to be a champion in such an exacting sport, and to keep winning even though all logic tells you to stop - and when so many of your fellow racers are paying the ultimate price for doing it.

This thrilling autobiography gets into the head of the man who stares death in the face, and doesn't even flinch.
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Official Isle of Man Currency Coin Collection

Official Isle of Man Currency Coin Collection

29.95

For the year of 2017, Tower Mint Ltd on behalf of the Isle of Man Government has issued a new collection of circulating coins.

These designs offer a modern and up to date style whilst focusing on Manx and Isle of Man related landmarks, themes and traditions.

The currency designs have been completed on the following denominations; Five Pence, Ten Pence, Twenty Pence, Fifty Pence, One Pound, Two Pounds and Five Pounds.
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Isle of Man TT The Golden Years 1963 - 1982 (Volume 3)

Isle of Man TT The Golden Years 1963 - 1982 (Volume 3)

16.00

In a remarkably long history dating back to 1907, the Isle of Man TT never lost its status as the world’s greatest motorcycle road race. But over the decades, the TT has seen many changes and never more than in the period covered by this third volume in the Golden Years series. In this book riders both famous and not so famous and their machines are featured in a collection of evocative photographs.

Keig Collection photographs from the mid-to-late 1960s, an era of strong participation by European and Japanese factories, are followed by images from a period when the TT’s character changed. The dangers of the Mountain Course saw leading world championship contenders opting not to compete and Grand Prix status was withdrawn after 1976. But the immense challenge of the races continued to attract a particular type of rider and some manufacturers.

By 1982, the last year covered here, the TT was proving predictions of its demise to be wrong.

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All Round Guide to Mountain Biking on the Isle of Man

All Round Guide to Mountain Biking on the Isle of Man

9.95

This detailed guide has a wide selection of trails to allow the reader to enjoy mountain biking on the Isle of Man.

The author is a local enthusiast and his guide gives the reader an insight in to the wonderful and varied paths/routes on the Island. Each trail has a detailed map and gradient information and the suitability for all levels. Easy to follow direction, details of distance times and difficulty together with refreshment stops and local knowledge.

A must for any mountain biker visiting the island or local beginners and experienced riders alike looking for new ideas as to somewhere to cycle

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Best Selling Items

Built For Speed

Built For Speed

20.00

*** WE HAVE A LIMITED NUMBER OF SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE WHILST STOCKS LAST***

John McGuinness is one of the all-time giants of road racing, with a huge host of victories to his name. But his easy humour and down-to-earth attitude off the bike have always kept people guessing: what's the truth about the man inside the helmet, that has kept him at the top of such a sport for over 20 years?

His autobiography tells the whole story, from his humble beginnings in Morecambe and getting his first bike at the age of 3, to working as a bricklayer and cockle fisherman before deciding to follow his dream, and finally to his many victories in the most dangerous sporting event on the planet. He tells of what it takes to be a champion in such an exacting sport, and to keep winning even though all logic tells you to stop - and when so many of your fellow racers are paying the ultimate price for doing it.

This thrilling autobiography gets into the head of the man who stares death in the face, and doesn't even flinch.
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Visions of Mann Calendar 2018

Visions of Mann Calendar 2018

5.99

Portraying 12 scenes from the beautiful Isle of Man, this calendar runs from January 2018 - December 2018


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Manx Fairy Tales

Manx Fairy Tales

16.00

Manx Fairy Tales collected by Sophia Morrison at the beginning of last century, has proved to be one of the most popular and enduring works ever published about the Isle of Man. All the famous characters from Manx mythology appear in this collection: the Buggane of St Trinian's, the Moddey Dhoo of Peel Castle and the wren who, through her cunning and quick thinking, became the King of the Birds.

This edition of the stories has been newly editied by Bob Carswell who has adapted the text to make it accessible to the modern reader, though keeping all the drama and characters of the originals. Also for this edtion, Julian Ashby Smyth has created a rich and colourful illustrations and Charles Guard has produced a specially recorded CD, with original music and sound effects, which brings the 15 key stories to life.
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Douglas Bay Horse Tramway 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

Douglas Bay Horse Tramway 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

19.99

Douglas Bay Horse Tramway was establsihed in 1876 and in this jigsaw the Double Deck Tram, 18, and Bulkhead Royal Tram, 44, are captured as they pass the Douglas Promenade War Memorial.

Not suitable for children under 36 months.
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Narrow Gauge Branch Lines: Isle of Man Railway Journey

Narrow Gauge Branch Lines: Isle of Man Railway Journey

18.95

This tour of the Isle of Man's steam operated railway lines gives not only the joys of the splendid trains in full colour but also the impressive changing scenery in its natural hues.

The book contains 120 colour photographs as well as large scale maps and other details of local history.

The author has an intimate knowledge of the island's railway lines having already compiled four other books on the Isle of Man's rail system.
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The Lifeboat Service in England: The North West and Isle of Man Station by Station

The Lifeboat Service in England: The North West and Isle of Man Station by Station

15.99

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution was established in 1824 and has a long and proud tradition of saving life at sea. Today, the volunteer lifeboat crews on the coasts of Lancashire, Cumbria and the Isle of Man operate high-tech, state-of-the-art lifeboats for the purpose of saving lives at sea.

The RNLI currently operates twenty-four lifeboat stations around the North West and Isle of Man. This comprehensive book has details of every one, with information about their histories and the current operations. It also includes details of old stations that have been closed, and contains descriptions of some of the dramatic, courageous and daring rescues undertaken by the lifeboat crews from the region.

Author Nicholas Leach has amassed a wealth of information about the lifeboats and lifeboat stations of the North West and Isle of Man, past and present, visiting every one to provide a complete and up-to-date record of life-saving in the Irish Sea and off the north-west coast of England.
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A Brief History of the Isle of Man (Edition 2)

A Brief History of the Isle of Man (Edition 2)

12.95

With parliamentary traditions introduced by the Vikings, the Isle of Man was the first country to give women the vote. Much of its public transport hasn't changed since Victoria was on the throne, yet the island is the fifth in the space race. Famed for its motorcycle racing and tailless cats, it's still traditional to greet people when crossing the Fairy Bridge.

In the middle of the Irish Sea, the Isle of man has been drawn into the politics of the surrounding islands, yet maintains its own traditions, language and way of life.

It is this proud history of the Manx and their island which this book celebrates.
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Made in Summerland

Made in Summerland

9.99

The author, a Summerland survivor, tells her story through a vivid and evocative examination of events.

This fresh look at the disaster that befell the Isle of Man's most modern holiday complex in 1973 not only sheds new light, but also uncovers many unanswered questions. Some of these questions, particularly about the suitablility of untested modern building materials, have a surprising resonance with more recent events.
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Large Manx Fairy Pendant

Large Manx Fairy Pendant

26.00

Crafted in the finest 925 Sterling Silver, this attractive Manx Fairy Pendant has been especially made for Lexicon Bookshop. It comes with a 16" sterling silver chain and is presented in an Isle of Man Collection red and gold gift box
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Ellan Vannin Deluxe 2018 Wall Calendar

Ellan Vannin Deluxe 2018 Wall Calendar

Isle of Man Hidden Gems

Isle of Man Hidden Gems

9.95

This is for those who want to discover the wealth of 'hidden gems' on the island. Be they unusual and little known places or more familiar ones, the book enables the reader to discover something new and 'hidden'. To appreciate them you do not need to be a hiker as the walks are between a half and two miles and are easy to follow. These short walks will lead the reader to views, features, landscapes, monuments and fascinating objects, many of which are unlikely to have been seen before.
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Isle of Man Ordnance Survey Landranger Map

Isle of Man Ordnance Survey Landranger Map

8.99

Isle of Man Ordnance Survey Landranger map (this edition was published 24/02/16) which provides all the information you need to get to know the Island, whether you are a visitor or a local resident. This latest edition also includes an access code to download the map onto your smartphone or tablet.
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Those Were the Days Volume 4 - More Collected Images from the Isle of Man's Past

Those Were the Days Volume 4 - More Collected Images from the Isle of Man's Past

16.95

This volume continues the theme of the previous three volumes by responding to requests from readers to include scenes that have undergone great alterations over the years and to feature images of shops and other premises that disappeared some time ago.

Always of interest is the area around Douglas Harbour and along the promenades and the opportunity has been taken to add some images taken when this area was in the process of dramatic change.

The pictures have been collated from the archives of Manx Press Pictures, the Keig Collection, the iMuseum and from the author's own collection.
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Manx Words

Manx Words

10.00

This book is a list of words that will be of use to all those who have been learning the Manx language for a little while. It provides a core vocabulary that will help learners to start using Manx in everyday situations.

The book is based on the highly regarded Welsh Words book and it presents the key vocabulary words in context and also provides assistance with Manx grammar.
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Road Racer - It's in My Blood

Road Racer - It's in My Blood

20.00

****SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE AT NO EXTRA COST WHILST STOCKS LAST***

Michael Dunlop is a Northern Irish professional motorcycle racer and part of a motorcycle racing dynasty. Brother of William, also an accomplished rider, son of the late Robert and nephew of the late great Joey Dunlop, Michael can fairly claim that racing is in his blood.

Now for the first time he talks in depth about his family story, how he got involved in the family business and how he manages to keep getting back on his bike despite all he knows of the deadly risks he encounters every time he crosses the start line. The death of his uncle during a competition in Estonia in 2000 was followed just eight years later by the death of his father at the North West 200. But despite these tragic losses Michael was undeterred and, two days after his father's death, he returned to the North West, and won.

The next year Michael won his first TT, joining both his father and uncle in the record books. Now with thirteen TT wins to his name Michael is a phenomenal competitor, and in this sensational autobiography he reveals the highs and lows of racing, what it was like growing up part of a motorcycle dynasty and how that made him the incredible rider he is today
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