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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.

You can also follow us on both Facebook & Twitter @lexiconbookshop

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Best Selling Items

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 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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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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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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In Douglas Bay 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

In Douglas Bay 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

19.99

Two views of Douglas Bay, one taken in 1983 and the second in 1999.

Not suitable for under 36 months
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Mann with Altitude

Mann with Altitude

5.95

Looking down on the world we live in gives us a totally new perspective. The familiar look strange, large becomes tiny, and hidden corners are revealed.

Who for instance has seen that Ballachurry Fort was the shape it is? Who has peered in to the old polar bear cage at Groudle? Who has viewed the blunt prow which is the Point of Ayre?

Expert drone operator and former air traffic controller Jon Wornham opens a window onto the aspect of Mann that most people never see.
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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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Showroom Condition 1960 - 1980 - An Automotive History Through the Lenses of Manx Press Pictures.

Showroom Condition 1960 - 1980 - An Automotive History Through the Lenses of Manx Press Pictures.

18.00

Showroom Condition takes you back to the cars that you owned, the cars you wished you had owned, and cars that you wish you hadn't!

Featuring 173 images of period advertising, launch parties and publicity shots, the island's garage showrooms, sporting action and motor shows, brief marque histories for 31 manufacturers from Alfa Romeo to Volkswagen alongside additional images of exotica such as Lamborghini and Rolls Royce.

Manx Press Pictures cameramen not only shot at locations throught the Isle of Man but also covered events such as Earls Court and the Welsh Rally.

Remember the classic vehicles of the period together with nostalgic shots of garage showrooms such as Athol Garage, E B Christian's, Island Garages , J R Moore's, Mylchreest Motors, W H Shimmin and Westminster Motors
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Isle of Man Summits - Easy Walking of 28 Summits Over 1,000 Feet.

Isle of Man Summits - Easy Walking of 28 Summits Over 1,000 Feet.

4.95

This book describes the easy walking routes to all the accessible summits (28 of them) over 1,000 feet on the Isle of Man. By using the book, you will be rewarded with breath-taking views over tens of miles and you will be treading routes that few others take, even though they are readily reached by a short journey from a nearby road.
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New Products

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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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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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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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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Mann with Altitude

Mann with Altitude

5.95

Looking down on the world we live in gives us a totally new perspective. The familiar look strange, large becomes tiny, and hidden corners are revealed.

Who for instance has seen that Ballachurry Fort was the shape it is? Who has peered in to the old polar bear cage at Groudle? Who has viewed the blunt prow which is the Point of Ayre?

Expert drone operator and former air traffic controller Jon Wornham opens a window onto the aspect of Mann that most people never see.
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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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The Toxteth Tradgedy

The Toxteth Tradgedy

9.75

This book tells the story of R.R Portus & Sons who carried domestic coal between the Isle of Man and the mainland using tugs and sea-going cargo barges. It also outlines the tragic circumstances surrounding the sinking in 1948 of the tug Toxteth.
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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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Hutchy - Miracle Man

Hutchy - Miracle Man

18.99

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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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

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.
find out more

Ian Hutchy Hutchinson Stretched Canvas

Ian Hutchy Hutchinson Stretched Canvas

295.00

Limited edition of just 50 canvases by renowned motorcycle artist, Steve Whyman, depicting Ian Hutchinson on the 2016 Tyco BMW S1000RR

Supplied as a stretched canvas and ready to hang.



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