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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 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 contacting us on ++44 1624 673004 or lexicon@manx.net

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

Gura mie eu / Thankyou

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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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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A Guide to the Archaeological Sites of the Isle of Man Up to AD1500

A Guide to the Archaeological Sites of the Isle of Man Up to AD1500

14.99

The Isle of Man has been inhabited for nearly 10,000 years and as a result is exceptionally rich in archaeolgical remains, many of which are easily accessible by the public and are often found in spectacular sites around the island. This guide will enhance any visit to ancient churches, great castles, stone circles, cairns and burial mounds and is the perfect pocket companion for anyone wanting to explore these treasures and learn more about the complete history of the Manx people from the earliest times.

Organised into their parishes, each site covered in the book features a map reference, clear instructions on how to get there, details of any walking involved and an indication of wheelchair access. The texts bring together the latest research and interpretation of the sites in an informative and accessible way.
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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

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

Jetmalew and the Secret Cave

Jetmalew and the Secret Cave

6.99

In the latest in the beautifully illustrated Jetmalew series of children's books, Jetmalew was riding his motorbike around the Isle of Man searching for his friend Pincer-Peel, a baby lobster. Will Jetmalew and his friends rescue Pincer-Peel from the priates and save the treasure?
find out more

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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Locomotive No 4, Loch, 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

Locomotive No 4, Loch, 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

19.99

Built by Beyer Peacock in 1894, Isle of Man Railway's Locomotive No. 4 , Loch, is captured pulling away from Castletown station.

Not suitable for children under 36 months.
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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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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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Three Legs of Man Stainless Steel Oblong Hip Flask

Three Legs of Man Stainless Steel Oblong Hip Flask

20.00

This 6oz stainless steel hip flask contains a Three Legs pewter motif on the front face and has been designed especially for Lexicon Bookshop. This item is supplied with a presentation box together with two stainless steel cups and a drinks measurer.
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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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Isle of Man Outdoor Map

Isle of Man Outdoor Map

7.00

Printed on two sheets split into the North and South of the Island, this 1:25,000 (two and a half inches to one mile) map is an essential reference for walkers and mountain bikers. It shows footpaths, cycle routes and places open for public ramblage and other places of scenic interest. Well known walking routes such as Raad Ny Follan , the Millennium Way and Steam Heritage trail are all marked.

The maps are provided in a clear plastic wallet
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Isle of Man Short Walks Southern Section

Isle of Man Short Walks Southern Section

4.95

Prepared by the Manx Footpath Conservation Group, this book covers walks across the South of the Isle of Man.. The book is illustrated in full colour with maps and photographs and the routes featured will take you to places on the Island not seen easily by the casual visitor
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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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New Products

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.
find out more

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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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

find out more

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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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.
find out more

Speed at the TT Races - Faster and Faster

Speed at the TT Races - Faster and Faster

25.00

During more than a century of racing over the fearsome Isle of Man TT Course, the world's best motorcycle racers have pitted themselves against the gruelling 37.75 mile Isle of Man Mountain Course at the annual event known worldwide simply as 'the TT'. The Tourist Trophy meeting represents perhaps the greatest challenge that the sport of motorcycle racing can offer. The top names in road racing - Collier, Wood, Duke, Hailwood, Agostini, Hislop, Jefferies, McGuinness, Hutchinson and the Dunlop dynasty - have all considered the pursuit of a Tourist Trophy to be the ultimate goal.

From riding the earliest single-cylinder, belt-driven machines with outputs of under 10bhp, to coping with today's sophisticated four-cylinder machines giving well over 200bhp, generations of riders have risked their lives to satisfy the desire to go faster than the next man and to win a TT. In the process they have lifted lap speeds by almost 100mph. Exactly how that huge increase has been achieved is told within the pages of this book, set against the background of the triumphs and the tragedies of the TT history.

Beautifully illustrated with 110 colour photographs and 120 black & white photographs, this is a must for any TT fan.
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A Guide to the Archaeological Sites of the Isle of Man Up to AD1500

A Guide to the Archaeological Sites of the Isle of Man Up to AD1500

14.99

The Isle of Man has been inhabited for nearly 10,000 years and as a result is exceptionally rich in archaeolgical remains, many of which are easily accessible by the public and are often found in spectacular sites around the island. This guide will enhance any visit to ancient churches, great castles, stone circles, cairns and burial mounds and is the perfect pocket companion for anyone wanting to explore these treasures and learn more about the complete history of the Manx people from the earliest times.

Organised into their parishes, each site covered in the book features a map reference, clear instructions on how to get there, details of any walking involved and an indication of wheelchair access. The texts bring together the latest research and interpretation of the sites in an informative and accessible way.
find out more

Little Book of the TT

Little Book of the TT

9.99

The Isle of Man TT is known the world over as the capital of road racing and that those two famous initials mean Tourist Trophy. It could also be Triumph and Tragedy. For more than a century men and women have competed at this unique event and for the majority of that time they've raced on the last of the behemoth racetracks; the Mountain Course. It has an unforgiving reputation and can result in the ultimate sacrifice yet across the decades many have been and still are drawn to what is often regarded as the greatest challenge in motorsport.

The Isle of Man TT has created many heroes and legends and this new fully updated edition of The Little Book of the TT packs a lot of history of the event. From the early pioneers to the modern greats. The triumphs and the tragedies. The greatest road race in the world. A never ending story.
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Jetmalew and the Secret Cave

Jetmalew and the Secret Cave

6.99

In the latest in the beautifully illustrated Jetmalew series of children's books, Jetmalew was riding his motorbike around the Isle of Man searching for his friend Pincer-Peel, a baby lobster. Will Jetmalew and his friends rescue Pincer-Peel from the priates and save the treasure?
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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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

Polar Bear and Sea Lion

Polar Bear and Sea Lion

4.99

This beautifully illustrated childrens book is the true story of two little engines (Polar Bear and Sea Lion) that worked at Groudle Glen and the dramatic event that happened there.
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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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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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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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Tel: 01624 673004. Fax: 01624 661959
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