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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 addition, 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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Involuntary Guests - Enemy Aliens and Political Detainees on the Isle of Man in World War Two

Involuntary Guests - Enemy Aliens and Political Detainees on the Isle of Man in World War Two

21.50

"From the commencement of their deliberations the War Emergency Committee have also impressed on the Imperial Government...the desirability of obtaining an Alien Internment Camp"

The Second World War radically changed the Isle of Man accelerating its movement towards becoming the self-governing Crown Dependency that it is today. With a peak of around 15,000 internees and detainees held and with navy, army and air force bases the effect on the civilian population and the economy of the Island was profound.

The author brings to life a wide range of detail from personal papers, accounts and published sources long forgotten or hidden away in surprising locations. An essential guide to those whose relatives were interned as well as those researching this fascinating period of the Island's history.

"In the camp we were always looking for something that would break the monotony. One day they caught a seagull, so the internees coloured one wing red and one green, so that we had the Italian flag flying over our camp (green, white and red)."
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Official Isle of Man Currency £5.00 Christmas Coin Pack

Official Isle of Man Currency 5.00 Christmas Coin Pack

10.00

For the year of 2017, Tower Mint Ltd on behalf of the Isle of Man Government has issued a new £5.00 Christmas Collector Coin Pack.

The £5.00 Christmas Coin depicts a Dove (the universal symbol of peace) with outstretched wings, carrying an olive branch. The inscription reads "Nollick Ghennal " which is Manx for Merry Christmas. The engraving around the edge of the coin is "Shee dy Row er y Thalloo" which translates as "Peace on Earth"


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Guy Martin - Road Racer

Guy Martin - Road Racer

18.99

From the moment he appeared in an Irish road racing paddock in 2002, Guy Martin was a sensation. Young and brash, delivering his views on everything and anything at machine-gun speed. The twenty four year old made people sit up and take notice. Most important of all, he was fast - sometimes too fast.

Now the world's most famous road racer, recognised wherever he goes, Guy's achievements guarantee him a place among the elite riders in the history of sport.

Stephen Davison, a leading road racing writer and photographer, has documented every aspect of the Lincolnshire ace's career. In this book he brings together the best of his photographs to provide an unparalleled account of Guy's racing years. Close-ups, unguarded moments, sensational action shots, life on and off the track, 170 photographs tell the Guy Martin story as never before.
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Whispering Tides

Whispering Tides

11.99

Whispering Tides is the debut album of ethereal Manx Gaelic folksongs from soprano Kate Dowman

Kate's voice has taken her around the world, from the hills of the Isle of Man to opera houses, stadiums, private concerts for Madonna, British royalty, Terry Wogan, supporting Aled Jones in concert, singing opera, oratorio and folksong. She is now about to launch her beautiful debut album of Manx Gaelic folksongs, hundreds of years old and rarely recorded, her music will transport you to a magical place.

"Kate transports you to a magical place with her beautiful voice and lyrical Manx Gaelic songs. Drift away and forget your cares" John Brunning, Classic FM presenter.
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Then and Now Around the Isle of Man - Classic Isle of Man Views from the 1870s to the 1960s Compared to Modern Day Images

Then and Now Around the Isle of Man - Classic Isle of Man Views from the 1870s to the 1960s Compared to Modern Day Images

19.50

This book explores the dramatic changes to the Island's industrial, residential and coastal landscape over the last 120 years. Instigated by steamships full of tourists in the 1970's, architects and engineers worked tirelessly to adapt the Island's basic infrastructure, creating railways, promenades, tramways, grand hotels and visitor attractions in the process.

Today the Isle of Man has changed dramatically from those bygone days as the book illustrates drawing on historic illustrations and with the modern day camera.
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Manx Tholtans Volume 2

Manx Tholtans Volume 2

19.95

In this second photographic essay, photographer and local historian Ray Kelly revisits more hidden 'Tholtans' (a Manx word describing the ruins of old homes). This new work is further complemented by some of the author's colourful retelling of local stories and fables.

The author's passion for his subject matter shines through as these incredibly photogenic buildings, most of which are well off the beaten track, offer a glimpse of genuine Manx culture and heritage from times that are fast disappearing into history.
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The Abbey-Forge Cookbook - Feeding Friends and Family

The Abbey-Forge Cookbook - Feeding Friends and Family

16.95

For the author, Sarah Xhumrri, entertaining is quite simply enjoying great food with great company and putting as much or as little effort as you want in to the occasion.

In this beautifully illustrated cookbook, Sarah shares her passion for food and her enthusiasm for sourcing and preparing ingredients and savouring the investment that culminates in the perfect get together. Her recipes are easy to follow, full of personality and if there is a quick fix she has found it. Chapters include Island Suppliers, Breakfast, Light Luncheon, Afternoon Tea, Spectacular Sunday Roast, Eating Outside and Exquisite Evening.

With a career spanning over 20 years, she has been privy to almost all of life's events and celebrations, and now shares industry insights into planning, preparing and hosting these occasions with ease and enjoyment.
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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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Islander - A Journey Around Our Archipelago

Islander - A Journey Around Our Archipelago

20.00

The British Isles are an archipelago made up of two large islands and 6,289 smaller ones.

Some, like the Isle of Man (28 pages of the book) resemble miniature nations, with their own language and tax laws; others, like Ray Island in Essex, are abandoned and mysterious places haunted by myths, ghosts and foxes. There are resurgent islands such as Eigg, which have been liberated from capricious owners to be run by their residents; holy islands like Bardsey, the resting place of 20,000 saints, and still a site of spiritual questing; and deserted islands such as St Kilda, famed for the evacuation of its human population, and now dominated by wild sheep and seabirds.

In this evocative and vividly observed book, Patrick Barkham explores some of the most beautiful landscapes in the British Isles as he travels to ever-smaller islands in search of their special magic. Our small islands are both places of freedom and imprisonment, party destinations and oases of peace, strangely suburban and deeply wild. They are places where the past is unusually present, but they can also offer a vision of an alternative future. Meeting all kinds of islanders, from nuns to puffins, from local legends to rare subspecies of vole, he seeks to discover what it is like to live on a small island, and what it means to be an islander.
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First Thousand Words in Manx

First Thousand Words in Manx

8.00

This book provides a treasury of learning opportunities. It is an exciting picture book for pre-readers, a valuable practice book and spelling guide for beginner readers and writers, and a highly effective vocabulary builder for Manx language learners.

The illustrations are full of lively details giving children lots of things to enjoy spotting and to talk about.

In this latest edition, words and pictures have been updated to reflect changes in everyday life.
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Sourey ny Danvargee

Sourey ny Danvargee

10.00

This is the Manx Language edition of the Ellis Peters novel The Summer of the Danes

In the April of 1144, Brother Cadfael is sent to Wales on Church business, but becomes entangled in the affairs of a young woman desperate to escape an arranged marriage.

The novel was translated in to Manx in 2017 by Caarjyn ny Gaelgey
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Celtic Candle Holder CN02

Celtic Candle Holder CN02

40.00

This beautiful Celtic style Candle Holder is handcast from pewter and comes complete with a hand made candle. Please note that the colour and fragrance may vary to the one illustrated in our photograph.
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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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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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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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Best Selling Items

Then and Now Around the Isle of Man - Classic Isle of Man Views from the 1870s to the 1960s Compared to Modern Day Images

Then and Now Around the Isle of Man - Classic Isle of Man Views from the 1870s to the 1960s Compared to Modern Day Images

19.50

This book explores the dramatic changes to the Island's industrial, residential and coastal landscape over the last 120 years. Instigated by steamships full of tourists in the 1970's, architects and engineers worked tirelessly to adapt the Island's basic infrastructure, creating railways, promenades, tramways, grand hotels and visitor attractions in the process.

Today the Isle of Man has changed dramatically from those bygone days as the book illustrates drawing on historic illustrations and with the modern day camera.
find out more

Guy Martin - Road Racer

Guy Martin - Road Racer

18.99

From the moment he appeared in an Irish road racing paddock in 2002, Guy Martin was a sensation. Young and brash, delivering his views on everything and anything at machine-gun speed. The twenty four year old made people sit up and take notice. Most important of all, he was fast - sometimes too fast.

Now the world's most famous road racer, recognised wherever he goes, Guy's achievements guarantee him a place among the elite riders in the history of sport.

Stephen Davison, a leading road racing writer and photographer, has documented every aspect of the Lincolnshire ace's career. In this book he brings together the best of his photographs to provide an unparalleled account of Guy's racing years. Close-ups, unguarded moments, sensational action shots, life on and off the track, 170 photographs tell the Guy Martin story as never before.
find out more

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.
find out more

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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The Abbey-Forge Cookbook - Feeding Friends and Family

The Abbey-Forge Cookbook - Feeding Friends and Family

16.95

For the author, Sarah Xhumrri, entertaining is quite simply enjoying great food with great company and putting as much or as little effort as you want in to the occasion.

In this beautifully illustrated cookbook, Sarah shares her passion for food and her enthusiasm for sourcing and preparing ingredients and savouring the investment that culminates in the perfect get together. Her recipes are easy to follow, full of personality and if there is a quick fix she has found it. Chapters include Island Suppliers, Breakfast, Light Luncheon, Afternoon Tea, Spectacular Sunday Roast, Eating Outside and Exquisite Evening.

With a career spanning over 20 years, she has been privy to almost all of life's events and celebrations, and now shares industry insights into planning, preparing and hosting these occasions with ease and enjoyment.
find out more

Manx Tholtans Volume 2

Manx Tholtans Volume 2

19.95

In this second photographic essay, photographer and local historian Ray Kelly revisits more hidden 'Tholtans' (a Manx word describing the ruins of old homes). This new work is further complemented by some of the author's colourful retelling of local stories and fables.

The author's passion for his subject matter shines through as these incredibly photogenic buildings, most of which are well off the beaten track, offer a glimpse of genuine Manx culture and heritage from times that are fast disappearing into history.
find out more

Three Legs of Man Christmas Decoration

Three Legs of Man Christmas Decoration

9.99

Crafted from finest silver plate especially for the Lexicon Bookshop, this Three Legs Christmas Decoration bears the inscriptions Isle of Man and Nollick Ghennal
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Three Legs Charm Bead

Three Legs Charm Bead

24.00

Crafted in the finest 925 Sterling Silver, this attractive 3 Legs Bead Charm has been especially made for Lexicon Bookshop and is presented in a black velvet pouch

Please note: bracelet is not included.

Fits both Pandora and Chamilia bracelets
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Ellan Vannin Deluxe 2018 Wall Calendar

Ellan Vannin Deluxe 2018 Wall Calendar

Islander - A Journey Around Our Archipelago

Islander - A Journey Around Our Archipelago

20.00

The British Isles are an archipelago made up of two large islands and 6,289 smaller ones.

Some, like the Isle of Man (28 pages of the book) resemble miniature nations, with their own language and tax laws; others, like Ray Island in Essex, are abandoned and mysterious places haunted by myths, ghosts and foxes. There are resurgent islands such as Eigg, which have been liberated from capricious owners to be run by their residents; holy islands like Bardsey, the resting place of 20,000 saints, and still a site of spiritual questing; and deserted islands such as St Kilda, famed for the evacuation of its human population, and now dominated by wild sheep and seabirds.

In this evocative and vividly observed book, Patrick Barkham explores some of the most beautiful landscapes in the British Isles as he travels to ever-smaller islands in search of their special magic. Our small islands are both places of freedom and imprisonment, party destinations and oases of peace, strangely suburban and deeply wild. They are places where the past is unusually present, but they can also offer a vision of an alternative future. Meeting all kinds of islanders, from nuns to puffins, from local legends to rare subspecies of vole, he seeks to discover what it is like to live on a small island, and what it means to be an islander.
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Nostalgic Isle of Man Road Racing Calendar 2018

Nostalgic Isle of Man Road Racing Calendar 2018

7.99

***SORRY, OUR WHOLE PRINT RUN HAS NOW SOLD OUT***

This trip down memory lane is made possible with images that were re-produced in the Daily Mirror between 1954 and 1980 and includes George Arnold, Mike Hailwood, Derek Minter, Phil Read, Bill Ivy, Jim Redman, Mick Duff, Giacomo Agostini, Siegfried Schauzu, Kel Carruthers, John Williams and Charlie Williams.
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Manx Fairy Christmas Decoration

Manx Fairy Christmas Decoration

9.99

Crafted from finest silver plate especially for the Lexicon Bookshop, this Manx Fairy Christmas Decoration bears the inscriptions Isle of Man and Nollick Ghennal.


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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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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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Celtic Candle Holder CN02

Celtic Candle Holder CN02

40.00

This beautiful Celtic style Candle Holder is handcast from pewter and comes complete with a hand made candle. Please note that the colour and fragrance may vary to the one illustrated in our photograph.
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