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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 online using our secure shopping cart system.

You can also follow us on Twitter @lexiconbookshop

Gura mie eu / Thankyou

Best Selling Items

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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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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Isle of Man Road Races Calendar 2015

Isle of Man Road Races Calendar 2015

4.99

This calendar features the renowned photography of Manxman, Dave Kneen. It has been agreed this year to offer twelve charities a donation based on profitability. With each month a Motorcycle Charity is highlighted with useful information about their cause and how you can help find out more information . It is hoped that his calendar wll be successful and help raise funds and awareness for each of these deserving causes.
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Visions of Mann Calendar 2015

Visions of Mann Calendar 2015

4.99

Portraying 12 scenes from the beautiful Isle of Man, this calendar runs from January 2015 - December 2015


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Guy Martin - My Autobiography

Guy Martin - My Autobiography

16.00

SPECIAL OFFER PRICE WHILST STOCKS LAST (RRP £20.00)

"It was the start of the third lap of the 2010 Senior TT, the last race of the fortnight. The last chance to get a TT win for another year, and I was pushing hard. Ballagarey. The kind of corner that makes me continue road racing. A proper man's corner. You go through the right-hander at something like 170mph, leant right over, eyes fixed as far down the road as I can see. But this time something happened. This time the front end tucked."

Guy Martin, international road-racing legend, maverick star of the Isle of Man TT, truck mechanic and TV presenter, lives on the edge, addicted to speed, thoroughly exhilarated by danger. In this book you will get inside his head as he stares death in the face, and risks his life in search of the next high. You'll discover what it feels like to survive a 170mph fireball at the TT in 2010, and comeback to do it all again. He'll sweep you up in a gritty sort of glory as he slogs it out for a place on the podium, but you'll also see him struggle with the flipside of fame. You meet his friends and foes, his family, his teammates and bosses and you'll discover what motivates him, and where his strengths and weaknesses lie. For the first time, here is the full story in Guy's own words. From the boy who learned to prep bikes with his dad, to the spirited team mechanic, paying his way by collecting glasses, to the young racer at the start of his first race and the buzz he's been chasing ever since. This thrilling autobiography is an intense and dramatic ride.


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Santa is Coming to the Isle of Man

Santa is Coming to the Isle of Man

4.99

Have you been good? Are you ready to go to sleep? Then Santa is coming to town!

Read in this beautifully illustrated childrens book what happens to Santa when he visits the Isle of Man
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Three Legs of Man Pocket Watch and Matching Cufflinks Set

Three Legs of Man Pocket Watch and Matching Cufflinks Set

40.00

Made exclusively for the Lexicon, this pewter Pocket Watch and matching Cufflinks set comes in a wooden handmade trunk.
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This Terrible Ordeal - Manx Letters, Diaires and Memories of the Great War

This Terrible Ordeal - Manx Letters, Diaires and Memories of the Great War

15.00

The First World War, a cataclysmic global event, triggered the birth of the modern Isle of Man. With personal testomonies from men, women and children of the time, this book charts how the Island endured the conflict which dragged it politically, socially and constitutionally into the twentiesth century.

The author illuminates untold personal stories of war with letters home from Manx soldiers and sailors, and with the poetry and art produced in reaction to the conflict. He examines the changing role of women, the experiences of those interned on the Island, attitudes to conscientious objectors and concludes by analysing the lasting impact of war in the years which followed.
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P50 - Peel Engineering's Extraordinary Legacy

P50 -  Peel Engineering's Extraordinary Legacy

16.00

All the way from inception to its modern legacy, the author explores the many inventions of Peel Engineering and celebrates the ingenuity of one of its prominent inventors: Cyril Cannell. The P50, the world's smallest production car. is only one of the many designs that have made Peel Engineering's story so extraordinary. This book looks at the development of ideas and inventions, such as bike fairings, Cannell's patented monorail, and Peel Engineering's innovative use of fibreglass, Readers will also discover some first- hand accounts of Peel P50 and Trident owners' adventures in these wonderful cars.


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The Railways and Tramways of Laxey

The Railways and Tramways of Laxey

20.00

One hundred and fifty years ago Laxey was home to one of the richest lead mines in Britain. In one year the Great Laxey Mine produced over 11,000 tons of zinc ore, as much as all the other mines in Britain added together! In this book Laxey redident and historian Andrew Scarffe relates the many tramways and railways which were associated with the Great Laxey Mine plus a few that were proposed but never built.

Uniquely in British mining, Great Laxey used two tiny steam locomotives, Ant and Bee, to haul the mined ore from deep underground to the Washing Floors, where the ore was prepared for sale. Both were unfortunately scrapped in the 1930s following the closure of the mine. Seventy years later the Laxey and Lonan Heritage Trust began the restoration of the surface section of the former tramway using replicas of the orginal locomotives. To bring the history of Laxey's tramways fully up to date, the story of the rebirth of the Great Laxey Mine Railway, as it is known, is fully related.

Laxey's harbour facilities were poor and a number of steam railways connecting Douglas with Laxey were proposed. This book also recalls the fascinating and unfulfilled proposals. When a railway was eventually built, somewhat ironically it was to be an electric tramway for tourists and the Great Laxey Mine was ignored. Previously unpublished information describes the construction of the famous Manx Electric Railway.

Lavishly illustrated throughout, almost all of the photographs, plans and builders drawings have not been previously published.
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Three Legs of Man Round Hip Flask

Three Legs of Man Round  Hip Flask

30.00

This 4.5oz stainless steel round hip flask with the 3 Legs motif has been especially commissioned by the Lexicon. There is a porthole on the reverse of the flask for viewing the fluid level. Comes in presentation.
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Isle of Man Road Racing Christmas Decoration

Isle of Man Road Racing Christmas Decoration

9.99

Crafted from finest silver plate especially for the Lexicon Bookshop, this Isle of Man Road Racing Christmas Decoration bears the inscriptions Isle of Man and Nollick Ghennal
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New Products

The Castletown Show - 100 Years of The Southern District Agricultural Society

The Castletown Show - 100 Years of The Southern District Agricultural Society

12.00

This well illustrated book is the story behind the Southern Show. The book guides the reader through the key changes that have taken place together with the success of many competitors covering an ever expanding range of disciplines from cattle to sheep, the heavy horse brigade, horticulturists, bee keepers, fur and feather and also the equestrian world in its many facets.

The Southern Show has survived despite the interruptions of two World Wars, agricultural recession, and foot and mouth.
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Laxey - Home to the World's Largest Working Waterwheel

Laxey - Home to the World's Largest Working Waterwheel

16.95

DUE FOR PUBLICATION EARLY DECEMBER 2014 - PRE-ORDERS NOW BEING TAKEN

Laxey or Laksaa in Manx, is a village on the east coast of the Isle of Man. Its name has been derived from the Old Norse Laxa meaning 'Salmon River'. Local historian Andrew Scarffe has researched this publication and gives the reader a wonderful insight to Laxey in the bygone years. The author has written a brief history of the village and its surrounding districts, together with an overview of the popular historical sights which are now visited by thousands of people a year, accumulating this together with a wealth photographs and captions.


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Dark Tides

Dark Tides

14.99

When Claire Cooper was eight years old her mother mysteriously vanished during Hop-tu-naa, the Manx Halloween.

At fourteen, Claire is still struggling to come to terms with her disappearance when she's befriended by a group of five teenagers who mark every Hop-tu-naa by performing dares. But Claire's arrival begins to alter the group's dynamic until one year a prank goes terribly wrong, changing all their futures and tearing the friends apart. Six years later, one of the friends is killed on Hop-tu-naa in an apparent accident. But Claire, now a police officer, has her doubts. Is a single footprint found near the body a deliberate taunt? As another Hop-tu-naa dawns, bringing with it another death and another footprint, Claire becomes convinced that somebody is seeking vengeance. But who? And which of the friends might be next? If she's to stop a killer and unlock the dark secrets of her past, Claire must confront her deepest fears, before it's too late.

Local author of the bestselling Safe House returns to the Isle of Man with a thriller that will keep you up all night.


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Those Were the Days Volume 3 - More Collected Images from the Isle of Man's Past

Those Were the Days Volume 3 - More Collected Images from the Isle of Man's Past

16.95

DUE FOR PUBLICATION EARLY DECEMBER 2014 - PRE-ORDERS NOW BEING TAKEN

The third book in the series from local historian Richard Davis. After the success of the first two volumes this book follows on with more photographs from the Keig collection and other sources from around the island. A great book to reminisce of places and times that have changed beyond recognition-like the front cover, or are still recognisable through the scenery or careful modernisation of the buildings.


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The Midwood Collection

The Midwood Collection

16.95

DUE FOR PUBLICATION EARLY DECEMBER 2014 - PRE-ORDERS NOW BEING TAKEN

This collection of pictures draws on the outstanding photographers of the Midwood family that were based in Ramsey at the turn of 19th & 20th century. Many iconic pictures never published are included in the book. The publication includes an overview of the Midwood family and over a hundred images of Ramsey and the North of the Island, complimented by historical captions
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P50 - Peel Engineering's Extraordinary Legacy

P50 -  Peel Engineering's Extraordinary Legacy

16.00

All the way from inception to its modern legacy, the author explores the many inventions of Peel Engineering and celebrates the ingenuity of one of its prominent inventors: Cyril Cannell. The P50, the world's smallest production car. is only one of the many designs that have made Peel Engineering's story so extraordinary. This book looks at the development of ideas and inventions, such as bike fairings, Cannell's patented monorail, and Peel Engineering's innovative use of fibreglass, Readers will also discover some first- hand accounts of Peel P50 and Trident owners' adventures in these wonderful cars.


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The Railways and Tramways of Laxey

The Railways and Tramways of Laxey

20.00

One hundred and fifty years ago Laxey was home to one of the richest lead mines in Britain. In one year the Great Laxey Mine produced over 11,000 tons of zinc ore, as much as all the other mines in Britain added together! In this book Laxey redident and historian Andrew Scarffe relates the many tramways and railways which were associated with the Great Laxey Mine plus a few that were proposed but never built.

Uniquely in British mining, Great Laxey used two tiny steam locomotives, Ant and Bee, to haul the mined ore from deep underground to the Washing Floors, where the ore was prepared for sale. Both were unfortunately scrapped in the 1930s following the closure of the mine. Seventy years later the Laxey and Lonan Heritage Trust began the restoration of the surface section of the former tramway using replicas of the orginal locomotives. To bring the history of Laxey's tramways fully up to date, the story of the rebirth of the Great Laxey Mine Railway, as it is known, is fully related.

Laxey's harbour facilities were poor and a number of steam railways connecting Douglas with Laxey were proposed. This book also recalls the fascinating and unfulfilled proposals. When a railway was eventually built, somewhat ironically it was to be an electric tramway for tourists and the Great Laxey Mine was ignored. Previously unpublished information describes the construction of the famous Manx Electric Railway.

Lavishly illustrated throughout, almost all of the photographs, plans and builders drawings have not been previously published.
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Douglas Corporation Buses In Pictures - Centenary Edition

Douglas Corporation Buses In Pictures - Centenary Edition

16.00

Specially commissioned to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Douglas Corporation buses, this volume by well known local historian and author Richard Davis, tells the story of Douglas buses from their inauguration in 1914 up to nationalisation in 1976 and beyond. Using many previously unpublished photographs from both his own collection and others, he tells the story of the Corporation fleet, describing the vehicles on a class by class basis and revealing insights into the often unique and unusual buses that once gave Douglas an enviable reputation as an unparalleled attraction for transport enthusiasts from far and wide.

Born and brought up in Douglas, the author has been involved with buses over many years as a preservationist and vehicle restorer and he shares his fascination with the buses of Douglas and shows why they were once the subject of so much civic pride and affection.

A donation from the sale of this book will be made to the Manx Transport Enthusiasts Association, a local charity established for the purpose of restoring and maintaining a collection of vintage buses on the Isle of Man
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Guy Martin Tyco Suzuki "Need For Speed" Mounted Print

Guy Martin Tyco Suzuki

25.00

Entitled "Need 4 Speed", this is a limited edition print of 195 by artist Stephen Doig. Double mounted with a thin blue bordering mount and surrounded by the white main mount.
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John McGuinness "Remembering Yer Maun" Mounted Print

John McGuinness

25.00

Entitled "Remembering Yer Maun", this is a limited edition print of 195 by artist Stephen Doig. Double mounted with a thin red bordering mount and surrounded by the white main mount.
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Stops Along the Manx Electric Railway

Stops Along the Manx Electric Railway

18.95

The Manx Electric Railway is unique. Built at the dawn of the electric era, towards the end of Queen Victora's reign, it still uses its original rolling stock. The line runs for almost 18 miles through spectacular countryside up the east coast of the Isle of Man. Its antique vehicles continue to serve both the local population and visitors as the tramway has done for more than 120 years.

This photographic survey illustrates every stop from Douglas to Ramsey, and shows the surroundings, infrastructure and the trams which call at each. The pictures are the result of the author's long-term interest in the MER and demonstrate that it is a living railway as well as a priceless part of Manx industrial heritage.

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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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Afloat - The Mollags

Afloat - The Mollags

13.00

The Mollags are based in Peel and feature a readily identifiable sound largely thanks to the vocal interplay between singer/songwriter/guitarist Greg Joughin and the backing trio of Hillary Gale, who also plays viola, Julie Matthews and Sarah Hewson, who both also add flutes and whistles into the mix. They are backed up by Dave McLean on bass, Caly Roberts on harp, Russell Cowin on djembe, Anglin Buttimore on keyboards and Gordon McKenzie on the drums.

Many of the thirteen songs on Afloat have been staples of The Mollags’ live set for many years now, such as Unwritten Will, formerly titled Sellafield, Arrane Ny Fee or S’liack Lhiam Bine Dy Yough, and will be very familiar to those who follow The Mollags.


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Isle of Man Railways - 140th Anniversary 1874-2014

Isle of Man Railways - 140th Anniversary 1874-2014

14.99

The Isle of Man has a rich transport heritage and once boasted the largest narrow gauge network in Britain with eight railways and tramways.

Founded in 1870 and opened in 1874, the Isle of Man Railway still connects Douglas with the ancient capital of Castletown and Port. This part of the line continues in operation using several of the original steam locomotives and carriages and Gordon Edgar's photography captures this microcosm of former times, with the trains set amid the beautiful Manx countryside. The Isle of Man railways are hugely popular as a tourist attraction. There is a Railway Museum beside the station at Port Erin.


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Clucas - 200 Years of Manx Industrial Heritage

Clucas - 200 Years of Manx Industrial Heritage

9.99

This book refers to the many business and political achievements of Arthur William Moore, with his father instrumental in the success during the 19th century of Moore's sailcloth mills, the on-site predecessors of Clucas' Laundry.

William Moore was also instrumental in many initiatives in the Braddan and Douglas areas, especially in the field of sport.He was as Cambridge Blue and excelled at cricket. On his return to the island after university, he founded Cronkbourne Cricket Club for the workers at Tromode. He funded the forming and furnishing of the club and provided the land and the pavillon.
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