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Welcome To:   The Lexicon Bookshop

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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New Products

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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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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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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Isle of Man Red & White Cushion

Isle of Man Red & White Cushion

25.00

This fibre filled cushion is extremely soft to touch, and is finished beautifully with a concealed zip.
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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

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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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

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

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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Gun Metal Grey Sidecar

Gun Metal Grey Sidecar

49.99

This model is a modern take on sidecars of days gone by. Made from ABS Plastic with high gloss UV coating and then hand polished with care. The model is a firm favourite on a desktop or shlf of any sidecar fan.
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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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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

Nostalgic Isle of Man Road Racing Calendar 2018

Nostalgic Isle of Man Road Racing Calendar 2018

7.99

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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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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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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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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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.
find out more

Three Legs of Man Round Pendant

Three Legs of Man Round Pendant

28.00

Crafted in the finest 925 Sterling Silver, this attractive 3 Legs 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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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.
find out more

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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