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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

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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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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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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Guy Martin - IOM TT

Guy Martin - IOM TT

17.50

This limited print run high quality book features favourite photographs taken by local photographer Steve Babb of Guy Martin competing at the 2013 Isle of Man TT.

A proportion of the proceeds from the sales of this book will help support the Isle of Man TT Marshals Association.
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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 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.
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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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All Round Guide to the Isle of Man

All Round Guide to the Isle of Man

5.95

Published in April 2014, this is now the 7th edition of this comprehensive and beautifully illustrated guide. It tells the full story of what makes the Isle of Man such an interesting and memorable place to visit. and includes places to see, maps, car tours, walking ideas, cycle trails and street plans.

With something for everyone, let this guide share the island's secrets, as well as its visitor attractions and breathtaking natural beauty, to allow you to make the most of your visit
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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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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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Celtic Tri-Spirals Sterling Silver Bracelet

Celtic Tri-Spirals Sterling Silver Bracelet

85.00

A Celtic 925 Sterling Silver Bracelet, featuring a traditional Tri-Spirals design and comes complete with an attractive black and gold presentation box
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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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Ben-My-Chree VI Mounted Print

Ben-My-Chree VI Mounted Print

35.00

This mounted print depicts the Ben-My-Chree VIs arrival in Douglas for the first time on 6th July 1998 as her predecessor, KIng Orry VI departs for Heysham.

This is the latest in the series of Steam Packet illustrations by this artist and serves as a tribute to the late Captain Vernon Kinley who brought the new Ben from her Dutch builders in Rotterdam and who sadly passed away a few weeks later.

Limited Edition Print of 20 is set into a cream card mount ready for framing.
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New Products

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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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.

find out more

Shutter Speed 2 - More Iconic Mountain Course Images

Shutter Speed 2 - More Iconic Mountain Course Images

20.00

DUE FOR PUBLICATION DURING NOVEMBER 2014 - PRE-ORDERS NOW BEING TAKEN

Following on from the success of "Shutter Speed - the Challenge of Photographing the TT," respected photographer Dave Collister returns with an all new collection of iconic Mountain Course images featuring modern day TT heroes such as John McGuinness, Bruce Anstey, Ian Hutchinson as well as the next generation of superstars such as Michael Dunlop and Josh Brookes. Each image is accompanied by fascinating short narratives from the photographer.
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Scooter Mania

Scooter Mania

14.99

THE AUTHOR WILL BE SIGNING IN STORE DURING THIS YEAR'S SCOOTER RALLY ON SAT 28TH JUNE BETWWEN 10AM & 11AM


A complete history of the Isle of Man International Scooter Rally including competitor’s and organizer’s personal experiences, the controversies and difficulties experienced by the Rally Committee in what became a remarkable 20-year chapter in the history of Scootering Sport. Events included Endurance and Navigational trials, Hill Climbs, Scrambling, Gymkhana Competitions, Circuit and Closed Road Racing, Assembly Rallies and Sand Racing.

A year-on-year account of the event, the brainchild of WWI veteran-turned-politician, James Mylchreest Cain. Following a fact-finding mission to Dusseldorf, accompanied by Peter Agg from Lambretta, the second Rally went International for 1958, and was to grow in popularity throughout the 1960s, attracting competitors from countries as far and wide as Australia, USA, Rhodesia, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Poland, Czechoslovakia and India.

In addition to gymkhana and endurance events, closed-road and circuit racing attracted fast men such as Neville Frost, John and Norman Ronald, Ray Kemp, Andy Smith, and Norrie Kerr. In 1971, the then chairman of the Tourist Board, Bill Quayle, declared that the annual Scooterist week was “the most important cog in the mosaic of Manx tourism.” The author’s access to personal photographic archives, and Manx Press pictures, combined with period reports and interviews with competitors, builds a unique reconstruction of a hugely successful event on the scootering sporting calendar: an event that was to endure for 20 years and attract thousands of spectators.


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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.


find out more

Guy Martin - IOM TT

Guy Martin - IOM TT

17.50

This limited print run high quality book features favourite photographs taken by local photographer Steve Babb of Guy Martin competing at the 2013 Isle of Man TT.

A proportion of the proceeds from the sales of this book will help support the Isle of Man TT Marshals Association.
find out more

Isle of Man TT - The Golden Years -1913 - 1939 Volume One

Isle of Man TT - The Golden Years -1913 - 1939 Volume One

16.00

The Isle of Man TT Races have a longer continuous history than any of the world's other great motorsport events. First run in 1907, the Tourist Trophy started out as a test for production motorcycles that would encourage makers to improve performance and reliability. The island's Government was already willing to close public roads for car races, including the RAC's Tourist Trophy.

In 1911 the motrocycle TT moved to the now legendary Mountain Course. At first it followed a cirrcuit already used by cars but in 1920, when TT racing resumed after World War One forced a six year interruption, the present 37.73 mile course was adopted.

The photos in this book, taken from the Keig collection, document a quarter of a century of racing from the early days in 1913 to the last TT before Word War Two in 1939.
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Spectator's Guide to the Big 3 Road Races

Spectator's Guide to the Big 3 Road Races

4.95

Your complete guide to all the thrills and action of the big three Manx Races - TT, Southern 100 and Festival of Motorcycling. Where to find the best views, where to park, how to get around, hints and tips for video and photography, canpsites and bunkhouses. Safety, entertainment, WiFi hotspots and motorcycle repair shops, what to do when it's raining and a brief but comprehensive history of racing on the Isle of Man. In short, everything you could possibly need to know all in one handy pocket-sized volume.

Text in four languages: Engish, German, French and Spanish
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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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Isle of Man - Britain's Treasured Island

Isle of Man - Britain's Treasured Island

9.99

When Mother Nature was laying out the British Isles, was it a flash of inspiration which gave her the foresight to crown it all with a small but pretty, enticing and unique green gemstone in the north Irish Sea?

The Isle of Man's geography and enduring appeal suggests yes and everything you need to know to make the most of a visit to the home of the Manx cat and many other curiosities, treasures and attractions is presented in this new book. Richly illustrated in full colour throughout


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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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Ben-My-Chree V Mounted Print

Ben-My-Chree V Mounted Print

35.00

Launched in 1966, the Ben-My-Chree V was the second passenger car ferry to be built for the Steam Packet Company. She operated on all the company's routes and was withdrawn from service in September 1984 although she briefly returned to service for two weeks in June 1985 to help with the TT sailings.
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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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The Lifeboat Baronet - Launching the RNLI

The Lifeboat Baronet - Launching the RNLI

14.99

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is a treasured charity whose mission is to save lives at sea, but what is known of its founder, Sir William Hillary?

Back in the nineteenth century, when death from a shipwreck was a tragic reality of life, the handsome, charismatic and adventurous Hillary decided to atone for his chequered past to do someting to prevent it. His journey from Regency rake to national hero led him to leave his family in Liverpool, travel abroad, mingle with royalty, marry an heiress and, during the Napoleonic Wars, head the largest volunteer army in Britain. Then financial and marital catastrophe struck. Forced to seek exile on the Isle of Man , a harrowing shipwreck inspired his historic campaign.

Having battled to found the National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck (today's RNLI) in 1824, Hillary's commitment never faltered. He frequently took to the lifeboats in Douglas, braving terrifying storms and saving hundreds of lives, despite never learning to swim!


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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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