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The Lexicon Bookshop

Specialists in Manx Books, Souvenirs & Gifts.



Failt ort / Welcome

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 independent family owned shop.

We specialise in books, gifts and souvenirs with a local interest. Currently there are a wide range of books in print covering all aspects of life past and present in the Isle of Man. In addition, there is an extensive range of DVDs, CDs, calendars, models, gifts and souvenirs.

In an endeavour to offer some unique items not to be found anywhere else, we originate a large number of our own gifts which are predominantly handcrafted. These ranges include artwork, Christmas decorations, fridge magnets, giftware, glassware, greetings cards, jewellery, jigsaws and models.

We hope that you enjoy browsing our website and all of the items featured can be purchased by using our secure online store. Alternatively you are more than welcome to contact us by phone (01624 673004) or e-mail (lexicon@manx.net).

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New Products

Eyes of Mann - The Island From Above

Eyes of Mann - The Island From Above

19.99

****DUE FOR PUBLICATION LATE OCTOBER 2018: PRE-ORDERS NOW BEING TAKEN****

This book which is due to be published for the lead up to Christmas (2018) will show the Isle of Man as you have never seen it before with views from a drone camera. It will illustrate not only the rugged coast, towns and villages but also many of the historical sites around the island.

All pictures will be complemented with captions for each view with supporting text by local Manx broadcaster, film-maker and editor Charles Guard and Miles Cowsill, a local photographer, writer and publisher.
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One Horse Power - The Douglas Bay Horse Tramway Since 1876

One Horse Power - The Douglas Bay Horse Tramway Since 1876

16.95

****DUE FOR PUBLICATION NOVEMBER 2018: PRE-ORDERS NOW BEING TAKEN****

The Douglas Bay Horse Tramway opened on 7 August 1876, just over 142 years ago, at a time when tourism on the Island was flourishing and the tramway went from strength to strength, being extended several times and with an ever increasing fleet of trams and horses.

Through two World Wars, financial crises, declining passenger numbers and in more recent times, abandoned by Douglas Corporation, the tramway has merged into Government ownership, with refurbished trams and a planned complete relay of the track, as part of the Douglas Promenade refurbishment, albeit with a single track with passing loops, from Esplanade Lane to the Sea Terminal.

There are also plans for a new car shed on the existing site at Derby Castle. Perhaps most importantly, visitors and residents alike will be able to enjoy the delights of this Victorian tramway for many years to come. This book endeavours to tell the story with an informative text and a wealth of illustrations, many not previously published. Maps and a complete fleet list are included.
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Isle of Man at War 1939-45

Isle of Man at War 1939-45

12.99

This book presents the remarkable story of the Manx people, and their homeland, in the most destructive conflict of the twentieth century. Few people are now aware of the extraordinary role that this small island played in assisting the allied war effort. Yet for six years, a place best known for motorcycle racing and as a holiday playground became a heavily armed fortress. Hundreds of airmen, soldiers and sailors were trained in readiness for combat. Thousands of enemy aliens were imprisoned behind the barbed wire of its camps, alongside those of British birth who were deemed to be a threat to security. Top secret radar was developed, and the Island's merchant fleet played a vital role at Dunkirk and D-Day. On battlefields around the world, gallant Manxmen fought bravely, whilst at home, in spite of the pressures which total war brought to society, there was a perhaps surprising tolerance for those with pacifist beliefs. Likewise, though there was increased government control in almost all areas of life, these were times of great advancement for Manx democracy.

The story is told in the words of those who were there - some of these eyewitnesses speaking for the first time about their experiences, and among them the last survivors of that generation. Their accounts bring a freshness and immediacy to this remarkably vivid narrative.
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Friend or Foe?: The Fascinating Story of Women's Internment During WWII in Port Erin and Port St Mary, Isle of Man.

Friend or Foe?: The Fascinating Story of Women's Internment During WWII in Port Erin and Port St Mary, Isle of Man.

18.95

How did seven different people, most of whom had never met before, come together to write the first ever book on Womens’ Internment in WW2?

They are members of Rushen Heritage Trust in the Isle of Man, and became fascinated by the remarkable people connected with the unique Rushen Womens’ Camp in 1940 - 45. How locals and internees lived together in the same houses, forming many friendships, some lifelong; how they were all encircled by a barbed wire perimeter, including shops, houses, schools and beaches; why most internees wanted Britain to win the War; their hopes, fears, courage, and enterprise; the unique gender situation - at times over 80% of the total population in the two seaside towns of Port Erin and Port St. Mary were female; how the Camp was run by Manx landladies, with light touch governance from police and civil servants.

Somehow, like the seven authors who soon became friends, but often engaged in animated debate, the locals and women internees - German/Jewish refugees from Nazi oppression, Germans and Austrians who had lived peacefully in Britain for many years, a minority of committed Nazis, Fascists - all managed to ""Rub along together". The question was, who was friend and who was foe?

The authors interviewed locals who still retained vivid memories of Camp W, found much new information on the under researched topic of WW2 Women’s Internment, and soon realised that the story addressed important universal themes of continuing relevance today namely, immigration, injustice, gender, tolerance, diversity, the nature of friendship, the ability to adapt to inequity and loss, and , most of all, the triumph of human values in difficult situations.


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Archibald Knox AK48 Clock

Archibald Knox AK48 Clock

70.00

Archibald Knox (1864-1933) was a Manx designer born in Cronkbourne Village. His designs are synonymous with British Art Nouveau and he was the prime designer for Liberty's at the height of their success. His Celtic designs and calligraphy are world famous and his art highly sought after.

This wonderful reproduction clock features predominantly green enamel with some blue incorporated to create a lovely combination for the eye.

Quartz movement which takes a AA battery.

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Isle of Man Transport in the 1970s

Isle of Man Transport in the 1970s

14.99

Starting with a day trip by the author in 1970, this book covers the rest of the decade with visits in 1971, 1972, 1976 and 1979.

The Isle of Man was a fascinating place for a transport enthusiast, with the traditional Douglas Corporation buses, Douglas Bay Horse Tramway, the Manx Electric Railway and the IOM Steam Railway – not forgetting the Snaefell Mountain Railway and the lovely old Steam Packet Co. ships. These traditional ships were the main loss in later years, but other changes had also occurred prior to David’s final visit such as the loss of the Douglas Corporation buses livery (all buses now being under a ‘National’ fleetname) and the rationalisation of Douglas railway station.

With a range of interesting views and fascinating subject matter portrayed in 180 photographs, Isle of Man Transport in the 1970s will appeal both to those who have visited the island and general transport enthusiasts.
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The Life and Times of Harry Wood - Manxland's King of Music

The Life and Times of Harry Wood - Manxland's King of Music

16.00

Harry Wood was the most important musical director to have lived and worked on the Isle of Man and his career takes us through more than fifty years of the island's entertainment history. He was at the centre of Manx musical entertainment and conducted for many great variety and concert aristes.

From the 1880s until the 1930s the Isle of Man was the premier holiday resort of choice for thousands of visitors from the northern industrial towns, the Midlands and Scotland. In terms of veriety and excellence of entertainment on offer, the island punched well above its weight. Douglas became known as 'the home of popular song' and the latest dance crazes were introduced at the great entertainment venues of the Falcon Cliff, the Palace, the Derby Castle, the Marina Pavilion and the Villa Marina.

What emerges from this book is what it was like to be a holiday maker on the island during the Victorian and Edwardian eras and those now distant, colourful and hectic summer seasons during the racy nineteen twenties and thirties, when the ever increasing threat of war failed to diminish the holiday experience for thousands of visitors to 'Pleasure Island'.
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Manx Tholtans Volume 3

Manx Tholtans Volume 3

21.95

In his third photographic journey, Manx photographer and local historian Ray Kelly once again presents the reader with his uniquely attractive images of a time which is both long past and yet reverberates with nostalgia and familiarity.

Discover further Manx 'Tholtans' (a local word describing the ruins of old homes). The author's vivid mythologised stories of almost forgotten people and events add an extra layer of realism to these images which are alive with history.
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Mike the Bike - Again (New Edition)

Mike the Bike - Again (New Edition)

14.99

In June 1978, 11 years after he quit Grand Prix motorcycle racing, Mike Hailwood returned to the Isle of Man TT races, probably the most prestigious, and certainly the most demanding, road race in the world. On a privately entered V-twin Ducati he won the Formula One race, beating the works Hondas of Phil Read and the late John Williams, and breaking the lap and race records.

It may have seemed a fluke; it was certainly a fairy tale that continued into 1979, when he was fifth in the Formula One race, despite losing top gear and his battery, first in the Senior, and second by only 3.4 seconds in the Classic - probably the finest and closest-fought race the Island has ever seen, Hailwood proved, if anyone doubted, that he was still the greatest motorcycle racer of all time.

This book, written by his manager and friend, Ted Macauley, is the account of his dramatic comeback, from the original wild idea to his final race. More than this, though, it is a study of a remarkable man in a remarkable world, and of the races, the machines, and the men who ride them
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Regional Tramways - Wales, Isle of Man and Ireland Post 1945

Regional Tramways - Wales, Isle of Man and Ireland Post 1945

25.00

In this book the author examines the history of the tramways in the Isle of Man, Ireland and Wales. With three different legislative frameworks, the history of the systems covered are very different ranging from the island's Douglas Bay Horse Tramway through to the new Luas system operating in Dublin.

Fully illustrated throughout with monochrome and colour illustrations and including the Douglas Horse Trams, Douglas Cable Tramway, Manx Electric Railway and Snaefell Mountain Railway, this book will be of value to anyone with an interest in the history of trams both past and present in the British Isles.
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Cliff Railways, Lifts and Funiculars

Cliff Railways, Lifts and Funiculars

14.99

One of the most evocative reminders of Victorian ingenuity at the British seaside is the much-loved cliff lift.

The cliff lift, otherwise termed the cliff railway or tramway, is also known as a funicular railway. The word `funicular' is defined as `of rope or tension', in other words a cable-hauled railway or tramway. The lifts were directly descended from cable-hauled railways, prevalent in mines and quarries, but also early passenger lines, where an engine or winding gear hauled loads up steep slopes. The term `cliff lift' also generally encompasses the elevator-type lifts that were erected at some resorts. This book illustrates, mainly in colour, all the principal cliff lifts and railways that have been built in the British Isles, along with associated cable tramways, since their inception in the Victorian age. In addition to covering all the surviving lifts, this book includes others which are long gone, and serves as a fine record of these charming and unique structures.

Featuring in the book are the Douglas Falcon Cliff Lifts 1 and 2, Upper Douglas Cable Tramway, the Douglas Head Incline, Cunningham's Camp Escalator, Laxey Browside Tramway and the Port Soderick Cliff Lift.
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Return to Isle of Man Transport

Return to Isle of Man Transport

30.00

This is the second book by Martin Jenkins and Charles Roberts about transport in the Isle of Man.

The first volume was described in Classic Bus as a "splendid book which takes you on a wonderfully nostalgic journey all round the island in lovely photographs" and covered the steam railway, shipping and Road Services buses.

This second volume, using many previously unpublished rare early colour pictures, completes the coverage by looking at the Manx Electric and Snaefell Mountain Railways, as well as the buses and horse trams of Douglas Corporation.

The authors have managed to collect together some truly interesting and often stunning pictures, from a period when colour coverage of transport subjects was almost non-existent.
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Ffynlo, Patch and a Magical Manx Half Term

Ffynlo, Patch and a Magical Manx Half Term

9.95

This beautifully illustrated story tells of two children who are bored and unhappy leaving their home and friends in England to visit an elderly relative in the Isle of Man.Their experience is turned around with the help of Patch, an elderly farm dog and Ffynlo a Loaghtan sheep. Patch uses his ingenuity to win the children around whilst Ffynlo who has been given the magical power of human speech by the faeries, tells them stories and anecdotes about the Isle of Man, its culture and ancient language.

Intrigued by what they hear, the children want to learn more. They encourage their father to take them on visits to different parts of the island to teach them about Manx history and folklore.

The children's mother is amazed in the sudden change in her children's attitude but their father isn't surprised at all, "the island is beginning to work its magic!" he says knowledgeably.
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Tram Tales of the Manx Electric Railway Vol 3: The Really Big Surprise

Tram Tales of the Manx Electric Railway Vol 3: The Really Big Surprise

5.95

The trams of the Manx Electric Railway are looking forward to celebrating their 125th birthday. Lots of special things are planned to mark the occasion but there is going to be one really big surprise. However the trams drivers won't tell them what it is going to be and so Sven, the Number 7 tram, tries to find out.
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Parrish Times: My Life as a Racer

Parrish Times: My Life as a Racer

18.99

****SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE WHILST STOCKS LAST****

Champion motorcyclist and truck racer, television presenter, practical joker or just plain survivor - Steve Parrish has been called them all. Parrish Times tracks Steve's amazing journey over the last four decades, through a rollercoaster ride of emotions in surely the most dangerous and exhilarating sporting arena there is. In the 1970s Steve was competing for the world motorcycle championship with legendary team mate Barry Sheene on a Suzuki. After retiring in 1986, Steve managed a successful Yamaha factory team to three British Superbike Championship titles and started a truck-racing career, becoming the most successful truck racer ever. He also proved to be a natural commentator, first for BBC radio, then transferring to television with Sky, ITV and Eurosport.

Against this backdrop are Steve's notorious pranks: posing as a medical doctor to allow John Hopkins to fly from Japan to the Australian GP; impersonating Barry Sheene in a qualifying session; owning a fire engine, a hearse, and an ambulance - parking it on double yellow lines with the doors open in visits to his local bank. It's a funny, hell-raising account of life - and death - in the fast lane that will keep readers enthralled to the end. Barry Sheene's final words to his best friend sum it up: 'Neither of us will die wondering.'

Steve provides commentary and analysis for ITV's week-long coverage of the Isle of Man TT. A qualified pilot, he is also a commentator for the Red Bull Air Race series for Channel 4. Away from television, he regularly tests various vehicles and racing machines, and is an expert witness for motor racing incidents. He has a regular back page in Fast Bikes and writes columns in other motorcycle magazines.

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Best Selling Items

Visions of Mann Calendar 2019

Visions of Mann Calendar 2019

5.99

Portraying 12 scenes from the beautiful Isle of Man, this calendar runs from January 2019 - December 2019


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Friend or Foe?: The Fascinating Story of Women's Internment During WWII in Port Erin and Port St Mary, Isle of Man.

Friend or Foe?: The Fascinating Story of Women's Internment During WWII in Port Erin and Port St Mary, Isle of Man.

18.95

How did seven different people, most of whom had never met before, come together to write the first ever book on Womens’ Internment in WW2?

They are members of Rushen Heritage Trust in the Isle of Man, and became fascinated by the remarkable people connected with the unique Rushen Womens’ Camp in 1940 - 45. How locals and internees lived together in the same houses, forming many friendships, some lifelong; how they were all encircled by a barbed wire perimeter, including shops, houses, schools and beaches; why most internees wanted Britain to win the War; their hopes, fears, courage, and enterprise; the unique gender situation - at times over 80% of the total population in the two seaside towns of Port Erin and Port St. Mary were female; how the Camp was run by Manx landladies, with light touch governance from police and civil servants.

Somehow, like the seven authors who soon became friends, but often engaged in animated debate, the locals and women internees - German/Jewish refugees from Nazi oppression, Germans and Austrians who had lived peacefully in Britain for many years, a minority of committed Nazis, Fascists - all managed to ""Rub along together". The question was, who was friend and who was foe?

The authors interviewed locals who still retained vivid memories of Camp W, found much new information on the under researched topic of WW2 Women’s Internment, and soon realised that the story addressed important universal themes of continuing relevance today namely, immigration, injustice, gender, tolerance, diversity, the nature of friendship, the ability to adapt to inequity and loss, and , most of all, the triumph of human values in difficult situations.


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Visions of Mann Square Calendar 2019

Visions of Mann Square Calendar 2019

4.99

Portraying 12 scenes from the beautiful Isle of Man, this calendar runs from January 2019 - December 2019
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Ceramic Sitting Tortoiseshell Manx Cat

Ceramic Sitting Tortoiseshell Manx Cat

14.00

This Babbacombe Pottery Manx Cat ceramic ornament has been handmade from blending the clay, casting, fettling, sponging, kiln firing then handpainting and glazing and finally re-firing

Please note that due to the handpainting process, the markings on this Manx Cat may vary slightly from the markings shown in the image.




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Isle of Man at War 1939-45

Isle of Man at War 1939-45

12.99

This book presents the remarkable story of the Manx people, and their homeland, in the most destructive conflict of the twentieth century. Few people are now aware of the extraordinary role that this small island played in assisting the allied war effort. Yet for six years, a place best known for motorcycle racing and as a holiday playground became a heavily armed fortress. Hundreds of airmen, soldiers and sailors were trained in readiness for combat. Thousands of enemy aliens were imprisoned behind the barbed wire of its camps, alongside those of British birth who were deemed to be a threat to security. Top secret radar was developed, and the Island's merchant fleet played a vital role at Dunkirk and D-Day. On battlefields around the world, gallant Manxmen fought bravely, whilst at home, in spite of the pressures which total war brought to society, there was a perhaps surprising tolerance for those with pacifist beliefs. Likewise, though there was increased government control in almost all areas of life, these were times of great advancement for Manx democracy.

The story is told in the words of those who were there - some of these eyewitnesses speaking for the first time about their experiences, and among them the last survivors of that generation. Their accounts bring a freshness and immediacy to this remarkably vivid narrative.
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Official Isle of Man 2018 Currency Coin Collection

Official Isle of Man 2018 Currency Coin Collection

29.95

For the year of 2018, Tower Mint Ltd on behalf of the Isle of Man Government has issued a new collection of circulating coins.

These designs offer a modern and up to date style whilst focusing on Manx and Isle of Man related landmarks, themes and traditions.

The currency designs have been completed on the following denominations; Five Pence, Ten Pence, Twenty Pence, Fifty Pence, One Pound, Two Pounds and Five Pounds.
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Manx Fairy Bead Charm

Manx Fairy Bead Charm

24.00

This attractive manx Fairy Bead Charm is crafted from finest Sterling Silver 925

Fits both Pandora and Chamilia bracelets
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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 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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Three Legs Charm Bead

Three Legs Charm Bead

24.00

Crafted in the finest 925 Sterling Silver, this attractive 3 Legs Bead Charm has been especially made for Lexicon Bookshop and is presented in a black velvet pouch

Fits both Pandora and Chamilia bracelets
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Ceramic Black Manx Cat Money Box

Ceramic Black Manx Cat Money Box

20.00

This Babbacombe Pottery Manx Cat ceramic money box has been handmade from blending the clay, casting, fettling, sponging, kiln firing then handpainting and glazing and finally re-firing

Please note that due to the handpainting process, the markings on this Manx Cat may vary slightly from the markings shown in the image.
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Manx Crosses: A Handbook of Stone Sculpture 500-1040 in the Isle of Man

Manx Crosses: A Handbook of Stone Sculpture 500-1040 in the Isle of Man

24.99

The carved stone crosses of the Isle of Man of the late fifth to mid-eleventh century are of national and international importance. They provide the most coherent source for the early history of Christianity in the Island, and for the arrival and conversion of Scandinavian settlers in the last century of the Viking Age - a century which produced some of the earliest recognisable images of the heroes and gods of the North; earlier, indeed, than those found in Scandinavia. This, the first general survey of the material for more than a century, provides a new view of the political and religious connections of the Isle of Man in a period of great turmoil in the Irish Sea region. The book also includes an up-to-date annotated inventory of the monuments.

David M. Wilson, Director of the British Museum from 1977-1992, is a leading authority on the Viking Age and has written a number of studies of the art and archaeology of the Anglo-Saxon period and the Viking Age in their Northern European context. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and lives in the Island.
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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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North Quay, Douglas 1000 Piece Jigsaw

North Quay, Douglas 1000 Piece Jigsaw

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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