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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.

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Best Selling Items

Road Racer - It's in My Blood

Road Racer - It's in My Blood

20.00

****SIGNED COPIES AVAIALABLE 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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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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Hutchy - Miracle Man

Hutchy - Miracle Man

18.99

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

Ian Hutchinson - 'Hutchy' to his many thousands of fans - is a motorcycle racer like few others. A road racer to the core, he has enjoyed spectacular success at the Isle of Man TT, the North West 200 and the Ulster Grand Prix, but his own story goes far beyond even those triumphs.

In the summer of 2010, Hutchy set the record for most wins in a single Isle of Man TT festival - five in all - having already won the Supersport class at the North West 200 in Northern Ireland. Then disaster struck. At a British Supersport round in September that year, he crashed heavily after being struck by another rider's machine, breaking his left leg so badly that at one stage it was feared it might have to be amputated. After many surgical operations and a long period of recovery, he fractured the same leg in 2012 while practising exhibition-riding for a motorycle show in London.

However these disasters could keep the Yorkshireman from racing. After modifications to the gear levers and rear brakes on his race machines, he went out and won the 2013 Macau Grand Prix.Two years later saw an even more staggering return to form, when he secured three wins, a second and a third place at the 2015 Isle of Man TT, also winning the Joey Dunlop TT Championship Trophy for that year.

This is a book not only for fans of motorcycle road racing, but for anyone interested in the life and career of a brilliant rider and an extraordinarily brave and enduring man, a hugely popular figure not just for his achievements, but for his unassuming modesty, kindness and humour.

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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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Coins of the Isle of Man

Coins of the Isle of Man

29.95

This second edition (published April 2017) is a comprehensive reference work of the coins and tokens used and issued in the Isle of Man from earliest times to the present day and is a most useful reference work for anyone with an interest in the island's coins.

The author, Mike Southall, acquired his interest in coins in the Isle of Man when the new decimal series was issued in 1971 . The first offical Manx coins, halfpennies and pennies were issued by the Lord of Mann, James Stanley 10th Earl of Derby, and were made legal tender by an Act of Tynwald on 24th June 1710. Manx coins and a variety of tokens were circulating on the Island until 1939. Thereafter British coins became the only legal currency until decimalisation in February 1971. Also well documented are many Viking hoards together with a mishmash of coins and tokens used in the 17th century.



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The Wonders of Mann

The Wonders of Mann

12.50

The Isle of Man has been inhabited for nearly 10,000 years. During that time some remarkable structures have been created. The earliest remains are just simple flint tools for hunting and cooking, but during the Bronze and Iron Ages the islanders created some impressive monuments, many of which survive today.
As civilisation developed, the island's inhabitants started building defensive structures such as forts and castles, and religious buildings such as keeills and churches.

Nowadays, by a twist of fate, the Isle of Man is guardian to some extraordinary relics of the past such a the biggest waterwheel in the world, a unique camera obscura, the oldest surviving electric tram system, the world's only horse tram system, the world's oldest continuous parliament, and much else besides.

This book is a celebration of all these wonders, natural and man-made.
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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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Manx Tholtans Volume 1

Manx Tholtans Volume 1

19.95

This wonderful photographic journey explores some of the remaining 'Tholtans' (a Manx word describing the ruins of old homes),

Local historian and photographer Ray Kelly has been documenting these hidden treasures for many years and this volume presents some of his favourites. As well as being a fascinating and photogenic subject, these buildings also paint a picture of Manx life as it was in past times - truly a voyage exploring aspects of Manx culture and heritage which are fast disappearing.

To complement the history of these buildings, the author has also collected a number of uniquely Manx tales, told here with humour and passion.
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Golden Years of Manx Transport 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

Golden Years of Manx Transport 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

19.99

The four images feature Manx Airlines' Vickers Viscount G-AZNA at Ronaldsway Airport; Manx Electric Railway's Tram 16 in nationalised green livery at Bulgham; Isle of Man Steam Packet's Ben-my-Chree (5) and Manx Maid (2) alongside the Victoria Pier; Isle of Man Steam Railway's locomotive No 4, Loch, passing School Hill in Castletown.

Not suitable for children under 36 months
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Three Legs of Man Desk Magnifying Glass

Three Legs of Man Desk Magnifying Glass

18.00

This beautifully designed pewter folding desk magnifying glass has been manufactured exclusively for Lexicon Bookshop
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The Island Kitchen - Appetising Recipes From the Isle of Man's Finest Chefs and Restaurants.

The Island Kitchen - Appetising Recipes From the Isle of Man's Finest Chefs and Restaurants.

19.50

The Isle of Man has a rapidly growing international reputation for its outstanding food and drink. Traditionally known for its excellent kippers, the Island also boasts some of the finest seafood anywhere. This lavishly illustrated book portrays the high standard of cuisine that can be found on the Isle of Man, showcasing signature dishes from the Island's best chefs and restaurants using the abundant, high quality produce that the Isle of Man is renowned for.
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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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New Products

Built For Speed

Built For Speed

20.00

***PUBLICATION DATE: 4TH MAY - SIGNED COPIES WILL BE AVAILABLE IN PRACTICE WEEK***

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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Two Fish For the Summit - Life and Work on the Manx Mountain

Two Fish For the Summit - Life and Work on the Manx Mountain

5.95

Quite a lot happens on Snaefell. The Snaefell Mountain Railway goes up it, the TT Races go round it, the mine went under it, sheep farming happens all over it, and the Summit Hotel, radio masts and air traffic control communications cluster at the top. Its peace masks a hive of industry.

And why the title to this book? Whilst the author was speaking with Snaefell Mountain Railway staff to research the book, a call came over the radio "two fish for the summit." The hotel needed them for a special dinner and, like everything else, the only way to get them up the mountain was on the Victorian Railway.
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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.
find out more

Road Racer - It's in My Blood

Road Racer - It's in My Blood

20.00

****SIGNED COPIES AVAIALABLE 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
find out more

Coins of the Isle of Man

Coins of the Isle of Man

29.95

This second edition (published April 2017) is a comprehensive reference work of the coins and tokens used and issued in the Isle of Man from earliest times to the present day and is a most useful reference work for anyone with an interest in the island's coins.

The author, Mike Southall, acquired his interest in coins in the Isle of Man when the new decimal series was issued in 1971 . The first offical Manx coins, halfpennies and pennies were issued by the Lord of Mann, James Stanley 10th Earl of Derby, and were made legal tender by an Act of Tynwald on 24th June 1710. Manx coins and a variety of tokens were circulating on the Island until 1939. Thereafter British coins became the only legal currency until decimalisation in February 1971. Also well documented are many Viking hoards together with a mishmash of coins and tokens used in the 17th century.



find out more

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.
find out more

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.
find out more

Manx Transport Review No.95

Manx Transport Review No.95

6.95

Published on 30th December 2016, this is the latest review of the Isle of Man's road, rail, sea and air services
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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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Melbourne Bound - From the Neb to the Yarra

Melbourne Bound - From the Neb to the Yarra

14.95

"Eureka! We have gold - gold in abundance!"

So proclaimed the Geelong Advertiser in July 1851. *It was news that travelled fast, and, with the promise of riches, two small boats, built on the River Neb in Peel, made the hazardous journey to the River Yarra in Melbourne, Australia.

This engaging book is their story and provides a faithful and lively account of the journeys of these two ships, Vixen and Peveril, showing just how remarkable their expeditions were. It is no wonder that the descendants of those involved are so proud of their forebears, or that their exploits are still talked about in both countries.

The author is the two times great grand daughter of John Mylchreest, the first master of the Peveril
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Letters From South Africa

Letters From South Africa

9.99

We are fortunate that the extraordinary body of correspondence, written over a lifetime, from the notable Manx emigrant Philip Moore to his brother George has survived, and that David Moore has seen fit to publish extracts from his uncle's letters.

They tell a fascinating tale, recounting how this member of a talented Manx family of modest means was enabled, by his brother's generosity in funding his education, to fly his Isle of Man nest and soar to great heights in the worlds of finance and politics in South Africa.

His perspective of both South Africa and UK politics and his keen interest in the happenings in Tynwald will engross readership in the country he made his home as well as the land of his birth.

The mention of other Manx men and women in this very readable volume will be of interest to many island families whose predecessors were compelled by desire or, more often, necessity to leave our shores,

Though Philip Moore spent his life in South Africa his fondness for his family and friends permeates his letters reflecting his pride in being first, foremost and always a Manxman.
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The Struggle for Manx Democracy

The Struggle for Manx Democracy

14.99

Was Manx democracy invented by the Vikings? Or can it be attributed to a few courageous men and women in the Victorian era, including two newspaper editors, one a teetotal Methodist, the other a Liverpudlian of slave descent - both gaoled for their principles - a Manchester female suffragist, and a depressed Deemster who died by his own hand?

The author reproduces James Brown’s newly-rediscovered prison diary in full, and traces a series of events which were far from predictable - including the introduction of votes for women, in which the Isle of Man led the world.

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The Hammer of Thor: The Impact of the 1st World War on the People of the Isle of Man

The Hammer of Thor: The Impact of the 1st World War on the People of the Isle of Man

15.00

In August 1914, thousands of men and women in the Isle of Man lined the streets of the island's towns to cheer with patriotic fervour as their menfolk marched off to war. Four years later in July 1918 thousands were again on the streets but this time in an explosion of anger against their elected representatives.

What had happened in those four years to cause such unrest?

The First World War placed immense pressure on the Isle of Man because of the island's constitutional position as a Crown Depependency. The existence of Tynwald gave the island a degree of Home Rule but by 1918 this concept was in danger.

The intransigent Lord Raglan, Members of the House of Keys, Samuel Norris and his fiery women supporters, the labour radicals , conscientious obejectors and others all had their part to play in the events of 1918 which propelled the Isle of Man into the modernised twentieth-century world.
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Manx Tholtans Volume 1

Manx Tholtans Volume 1

19.95

This wonderful photographic journey explores some of the remaining 'Tholtans' (a Manx word describing the ruins of old homes),

Local historian and photographer Ray Kelly has been documenting these hidden treasures for many years and this volume presents some of his favourites. As well as being a fascinating and photogenic subject, these buildings also paint a picture of Manx life as it was in past times - truly a voyage exploring aspects of Manx culture and heritage which are fast disappearing.

To complement the history of these buildings, the author has also collected a number of uniquely Manx tales, told here with humour and passion.
find out more

Visions of Mann Square Calendar 2018

Visions of Mann Square Calendar 2018

4.75

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