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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

Tomato Cain

Tomato Cain

10.00

This is a bilingual edition of Tomato Cain and seven other stories that were orginally published in 1949 and are specifically Isle of man based. They cover rural life in the island at the end of the 19th century and are the sort of tales the author would have heard from his grandparents whilst growing up about scandal, skeet and the bittersweet comedy of everyday life.

The Manx translation has been produced by Dr Brian Stowell in conjunction with Culture Vannin and the Isle of Man Arts Council to mark the celebrations of Island of Culture 2014.
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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

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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Shutter Speed 2 - Fearless Isle of Man Road Racers Captured on Camera "

Shutter Speed 2 - Fearless Isle of Man Road Racers Captured on Camera

18.50

Motorcycling racing on the Isle of Man offers great opportunities to creative photographers. Racing immensely powerful machines on the world famous TT Mountain Course and the less well-known shorter Billown circuit, presents a breathtaking spectacle for today's sophisticated cameras to capture. Isle of Man based Dave Collister is a photographer who succeeds in making the most of the opportunities. His stunning racing images bear the mark of his creativity, original thinking and tanacious planning. This book second in the Shutterspeed series, contains a selection of Collister's work over recent years, complemented in many cases by inside information he gleamed from his subjects, the daring heroes of real road racing.


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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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Celtic Tri-Spirals Sterling Silver Pendant

Celtic Tri-Spirals Sterling Silver Pendant

23.00

Crafted entirely of 925 Sterling Silver, this attractive Cetlic pendant comes complete with a 16" - 18" adjustable sterling silver chain and presented in a black and gold gift box.
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Isle of Man Hill Walks

Isle of Man Hill Walks

4.95

Prepared by the Manx Footpath Conservation Group, this book covers walks across the Isle of Man, ranging from gentle short walks to more challenging walks for the experienced hiker. 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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Hostile Sea - The U-Boat Offensive Around the Isle of Man During World War One

Hostile Sea - The U-Boat Offensive Around the Isle of Man During World War One

18.00

In early 1915 Germany declared an unrestricted U-Boat campaign on Allied shipping forcing the British government to censor the British press with regard to all attacks on shipping, a move designed to prevent Germany learning the true effectiveness of their campaign. This also extended to the Isle of Man newspapers and so few people today are aware of the extent of the German maritime offensive that unfolded around the Isle of Man between 1915 and 1918. Thirty vessels were sunk and many others narrowly escaped a similar fate after being attacked by U-Boats. Truly shocking was the terrible loss of life with over 400 souls perishing. The events around the Island were a small, but significant part of the overall offensive.

This book will prove invaluable to those interested in local and maritime history or those investigating a family ancestor involved in the action. The information on wreck sites and how to locate them on the seabed with reliable GPS coordinates also provides the sports diver and boat angler with a guide to World War One shipwrecks around the Isle of Man
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Isle of Man in the Great War

Isle of Man in the Great War

9.99

In August 1914, the Isle of Man was in the middle of a very successful summer season. The tourist industry was crucial to the island, but suddenly holiday-makers left and the Steam Packet vessels that normally brought them were requisitioned. The future was uncertain for those who relied on the season and their pleas for assistance were ignored. For some, the cost of living became impossibly high and without the welfare measures that had been brought about in Britain, many faced destitution. Others however, particularly farmers and those involved with the internment camps, would find war very profitable. The divisions between rich and poor grew creating much social disaffection and a bitter battle for reform was fought. As arguments raged over conscription, taxation, the economy and the housing of enemy aliens, the personalities of the period came to prominence. The unprecedented scenes of direct action and several dramatic court cases are brought to life in this account of how the island began its path to progress.

The Isle of Man played an important role in World War One, supplying troops and vessels and running special camps for the internment of enemy. 8,261 men enlisted in the armed forces, which was 82.3% of the Isle of Man's male population of military age. Of these, 1,165 gave their lives and 987 were wounded.

The experience of war significantly impacted on the Island, from the initial enthusiasm for sorting out the German Kaiser in time for Christmas 1914, to the gradual realization of the enormity of human sacrifice the families of the Isle were committed to as the war stretched out over the next four years.
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Three Legs of Man Pewter Pocket Watch

Three Legs of Man Pewter Pocket Watch

25.00

This quartz movement pewter pocket displaying a Celtic surround and the Three Legs of Man has been designed especially for Lexicon Bookshop. The watch is supplied in a presentation box.
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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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Laxey - Home to the World's Largest Working Waterwheel

Laxey - Home to the World's Largest Working Waterwheel

16.95

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.


find out more

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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Isle of Man in the Great War

Isle of Man in the Great War

9.99

In August 1914, the Isle of Man was in the middle of a very successful summer season. The tourist industry was crucial to the island, but suddenly holiday-makers left and the Steam Packet vessels that normally brought them were requisitioned. The future was uncertain for those who relied on the season and their pleas for assistance were ignored. For some, the cost of living became impossibly high and without the welfare measures that had been brought about in Britain, many faced destitution. Others however, particularly farmers and those involved with the internment camps, would find war very profitable. The divisions between rich and poor grew creating much social disaffection and a bitter battle for reform was fought. As arguments raged over conscription, taxation, the economy and the housing of enemy aliens, the personalities of the period came to prominence. The unprecedented scenes of direct action and several dramatic court cases are brought to life in this account of how the island began its path to progress.

The Isle of Man played an important role in World War One, supplying troops and vessels and running special camps for the internment of enemy. 8,261 men enlisted in the armed forces, which was 82.3% of the Isle of Man's male population of military age. Of these, 1,165 gave their lives and 987 were wounded.

The experience of war significantly impacted on the Island, from the initial enthusiasm for sorting out the German Kaiser in time for Christmas 1914, to the gradual realization of the enormity of human sacrifice the families of the Isle were committed to as the war stretched out over the next four years.
find out more

Tomato Cain

Tomato Cain

10.00

This is a bilingual edition of Tomato Cain and seven other stories that were orginally published in 1949 and are specifically Isle of man based. They cover rural life in the island at the end of the 19th century and are the sort of tales the author would have heard from his grandparents whilst growing up about scandal, skeet and the bittersweet comedy of everyday life.

The Manx translation has been produced by Dr Brian Stowell in conjunction with Culture Vannin and the Isle of Man Arts Council to mark the celebrations of Island of Culture 2014.
find out more

Knockaloe Internment Camp - 100 Years of History

Knockaloe Internment Camp - 100 Years of History

16.00

Originally built in 1914 to accommodate 5,000 aliens and a guard of at least 500, then an additional 5,000 interns in May 1915 (and further additions as the war continued), Knockaloe eventually grew to a size holding approximately 23,000 internees. The inmates of the camp proved eternally creative and a record of some of their achievements is presented in this volume. Along with photographs and artwork ranging from painting to printed postcards and other craft items, this book illuminates the history of Knockaloe Internment Camp using examples from the unique collection of Stephen Hall.
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Shutter Speed 2 - Fearless Isle of Man Road Racers Captured on Camera "

Shutter Speed 2 - Fearless Isle of Man Road Racers Captured on Camera

18.50

Motorcycling racing on the Isle of Man offers great opportunities to creative photographers. Racing immensely powerful machines on the world famous TT Mountain Course and the less well-known shorter Billown circuit, presents a breathtaking spectacle for today's sophisticated cameras to capture. Isle of Man based Dave Collister is a photographer who succeeds in making the most of the opportunities. His stunning racing images bear the mark of his creativity, original thinking and tanacious planning. This book second in the Shutterspeed series, contains a selection of Collister's work over recent years, complemented in many cases by inside information he gleamed from his subjects, the daring heroes of real road racing.


find out more

Laxey - Home to the World's Largest Working Waterwheel

Laxey - Home to the World's Largest Working Waterwheel

16.95

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.


find out more

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

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.


find out more

The Midwood Collection

The Midwood Collection

16.95

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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Laxey Wheel Christmas Decoration

Laxey Wheel Christmas Decoration

9.99

Crafted from finest silver plate especially for the Lexicon Bookshop, this Laxey Wheel Christmas Decoration bears the inscriptions Isle of Man and Nollick Ghennal
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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.
find out more

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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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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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
find out more

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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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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