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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 both Facebook & Twitter @lexiconbookshop

Gura mie eu / Thankyou

Best Selling Items

The Wonders of Mann

The Wonders of Mann

11.00

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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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 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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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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Isle of Man Nostalgic Transport Calendar 2017

Isle of Man Nostalgic Transport Calendar 2017

6.99

The 12 photographs portray nostalgic images from the Isle of Man's air, sea and rail networks and has been produced exclusively by the Lexicon Bookshop. The calendar runs from January 2017 to December 2017.
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Ellan Vannin Deluxe 2017 Wall Calendar

Ellan Vannin Deluxe 2017 Wall Calendar

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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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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Locomotive No 12, Hutchinson, 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

Locomotive No 12, Hutchinson, 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

19.99

Isle of Man Railway's Beyer Peacock locomotive No 12, Hutchinson, arrives at Castletown station from Douglas before travelling onward to Port Erin.

Not suitable for children under 36 months
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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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All Round Guide to the Isle of Man Coastal Path - Raad ny Foillan - Way of the Gull

 All Round Guide to the Isle of Man Coastal Path - Raad ny Foillan - Way of the Gull

9.95

The Raad ny Foillan is a 100 mile coastal footpath which offers great contrasts in scenery - from craggy cliffs to gently sloping low land, from sandy beaches to idyllic countryside. It transverses valleys, glens, open moorland and hill peaks with commanding views.

This guide divides the Raad ny Foillan into 14 sections with clear navigation instructions, maps, photographs and lots of practical information.
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Large Manx Fairy Pendant

Large Manx Fairy Pendant

21.00

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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The Wonders of Mann

The Wonders of Mann

11.00

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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Lonan - A Collection of Images Through the Years

Lonan - A Collection of Images Through the Years

9.95

From remote upper hills, through green and fertile lower lying farmland, to precipitous coastal cliffs, the parish of Lonan contains some of the most beautiful and dramatic scenery on the Isle of Man.

This album takes the reader on a photographic journey through the parish, from the cliffs of Bulgham Bay in the north to the narrow gauge railway at Groudle Glen in the south; through agriculture, mining and transport; summer tourists to deep winter snows. Rarley seen images from over one hundred years ago are complemented by more recent views, the vast majority of which have never been previously published
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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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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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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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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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Coastal Shipping Through Time

Coastal Shipping Through Time

14.99

Before the development of canals, railways or metalled roads, the quickest and most effective means of transporting goods from one point to another in Britain was by the use of coastal shipping, shallow-draft boats travelling between the ports of the British Isles. With the development and improvement of the canals, railways and especially the road network, however, coastal shipping in the UK has decreased dramatically. In this book, maritime author Ian Collard takes a look at the history of coastal shipping in the UK, examining in turn the ports of the English Channel, the North East, Scotland and the Irish Sea and the ships used to transport so much cargo and so many passengers.

The author has written many books on the Steam Packet, ocean liners, cargo ships, particularly those sailing out of Liverpool. He lives in the Wirral, within sight and sound of the Mersey and therefore it is not surprising that the book contains images and captions for a number of vessels that served the Isle of Man

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Worms to Catch

Worms to Catch

16.00

***SPECIAL OFFER PRICE: RRP £20.00***

'I was never going to sleep in and take it easy, there were worms to catch.'

In August 2015 Guy Martin crashed out of the lead of an Ulster Grand Prix superbike race held on the world's fastest racetrack. He had invasive surgery to bolt his broken spine and hand back together, and within days he decided he needed some time away from road racing. But he wasn't about to take it easy.

In his brand new book, discover how Britain's favourite daredevil fills his time when road racing is taken out of the equation. He set about breaking records on the world's biggest Wall of Death; cycling 2,745 miles across the length of the United States (while sleeping rough); attempting to be the fastest person ever on two wheels and travelling to Latvia to investigate his family's roots. There's some thrilling racing too, including wild Harley choppers on dirt and turbo-charged Transit vans through the Nevada desert. And there's the day job to get back to in North Lincolnshire - the truck yard and the butty van
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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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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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Isle of Man Nostalgic Transport Calendar 2017

Isle of Man Nostalgic Transport Calendar 2017

6.99

The 12 photographs portray nostalgic images from the Isle of Man's air, sea and rail networks and has been produced exclusively by the Lexicon Bookshop. The calendar runs from January 2017 to December 2017.
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The Sirdar - The Barge With the Egyptian Name

The Sirdar - The Barge With the Egyptian Name

8.95

This book celebrates an often overlooked part of Manx maritme history. The wooden steam barge Sirdar has been a feature of island coastal life since the early 1920s and its story, ably told by Captain Stephen Carter, paints a picture of working life in the sea and harbour waters surrounding the Isle of Man.
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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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Christmas Card - Spend Christmas With Your Loved Ones

Christmas Card - Spend Christmas With Your Loved Ones

2.25

Greeting inside: Blank
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