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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 is a traditional and friendly independent family owned shop.

We specialise in books, gifts and souvenirs with a local interest. Currently there is a wide range of books in print covering all aspects of life past and present in our beautiful island. In addition, there is an extensive range of DVDs, CDs, calendars, 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 and jigsaw puzzles. In addition we are an agent for Wrendale Designs by the hugely talented Hannah Dale.

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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Isle of Man Favourite Manx Walks

Isle of Man Favourite Manx Walks

9.95

The author has lived in the Isle of Man for over twenty years. He has walked the hills, countryside, glens and coast of the Island extensively and has learned about the history and interesting stories of these places. This guide offers some of the walks from previous publications that have been popular with readers, together with many new routes. The 30 walks described here will take you through all the different landscapes of the Isle of Man, upland moors, valleys, glens, tranquil rural landscapes, dramatic cliffs and deserted sea shores. The walks range from 4 to 13 miles and they are mostly circular and accessible by car and public transport.

If you are interested in exploring the rich diversity of the Isle of Man’s countryside and coast, and becoming informed along the way, this book is for you.
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Isle of Man Glen Walks

Isle of Man Glen Walks

4.95

The Isle of Man is blessed with a large number of beautiful wooded glens, usually with streams or rivers running through them. There are 18 National Glens which are kept in the same semi-natural state as they were a century ago. The clearly-designated paths lead the walker through woodland with a variety of tree species, attractive bushes and ferns, alongside tumbling stream with waterfalls, cascades and rockpools. Most are easy walks, a few include steeper sections which offer dramatic views. Many also have unusual and historic buildings. The book includes a further 8 walks in tranquil public glens, both in the heart of the countryside and in towns.

If you are interested in shorter walks exploring Manx glens each with their own character this book is for you.
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The Snaefell Mine Disaster

The Snaefell Mine Disaster

16.99

On a cold bright morning in May 1897 the miners on the early shift at the Snaefell Mine began the long climb down the mine shaft to the underground workings. As they reached a depth of 300 feet they suddenly realised that something was wrong. Within minutes, some of the men were scrambling to the surface, calling for help and fighting for their lives.

A rescue party was quickly formed as a major tragedy unfolded underground. Twenty men died, the distress made even worse when it was quickly discovered that the deaths had been due carelessness. The events of that morning led to one of the worst tragedies to befall the Isle of Man - the Snaefell Mine Disaster.

It had a devastating effect on the close-knit communities from which the miners came. The inquests and funerals that followed revealed the full extent of the suffering of the victim's families; there were fourteen widows, thirty orphans and two widowed mothers whose sole support had been their sons. The Manx community quickly rallied to their support and the heroism of rescuers was also recognised.

In this book to mark the 125th Anniversary since the disaster author Andrew Scarffe, a well-known expert on the history of Laxey and its mines, brings together for the first time the story of the mine, its working conditions and the struggle to survive. It charts the events of that terrible day and the heroic efforts to rescue the men trapped underground. He also examines the reasons why the disaster took place. The book also includes an account of how the mine was briefly brought back to life in the 1950s and concludes with the story of how mining enthusiasts restored the mine's waterwheel over a hundred years later.

Lavishly illustrated throughout with many images that have never been seen before. There is also a chapter on the history of the nearby Glen Roy Mine, which is mostly forgotten to Manx history.
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Isle of Man Steam Packet Heyday

Isle of Man Steam Packet Heyday

19.95

**SORRY, THIS TITLE IS CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK**

This book is a detailed history of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company from 1935 through to the introduction of the last of the famous side-loading car ferries, Lady of Mann in 1976.

The book is well illustrated throughout with most images taken from the author's own collection and these will be of huge interest to anyone with an interest in the Steam Packet's history

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A Key to Tynwald: An Introduction to the Isle of Man's Parliament

A Key to Tynwald: An Introduction to the Isle of Man's Parliament

5.95

Tynwald is the oldest continuous parliament in the world. It was the first to grant votes to women and is devoid of the constraints of party politics. Its most important meeting is on 5th July in the open air at St John's where new Manx laws are promulgated and the great and the good parade in their finery.

Tynwald is however more than pageantry and processions. Responsible for running this small but fiercely independent nation, the Isle of Man's government is a highly successful fusion of old traditions and modern politics.


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Isle of Man Outdoor Leisure Map - North

Isle of Man Outdoor Leisure Map - North

5.95

Produced by the Isle of Man Mapping Unit, this is a full colour detailed map of the north of the Isle of Man.


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Isle of Man Outdoor Leisure Map - South

Isle of Man Outdoor Leisure Map - South

5.95

Produced by the Isle of Man Mapping Unit, this is a full colour detailed map of the south of the Isle of Man.

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Weather Proof Active Isle of Man Outdoor Leisure Map - North

Weather Proof Active Isle of Man Outdoor Leisure Map - North

9.99

Produced by the Isle of Man Mapping Unit, this is a full colour detailed water proof map of the north of the Isle of Man.
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Weather Proof Active Isle of Man Outdoor Leisure Map - South

Weather Proof Active Isle of Man Outdoor Leisure Map - South

9.99

Produced by the Isle of Man Mapping Unit, this is a full colour detailed water proof map of the south of the Isle of Man.
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Castletown Past and Present

Castletown Past and Present

13.95

Home to probably the most complete mediaeval castle in Europe, Castletown today belies its history as a stronghold, former island capital and bustling port. There are surprises too. Castletown was once home to a world famous museum of magic and witchcraft. A local school is renowned for annually setting the world's most difficult quiz. Each year, the quiet town hosts the World Tin Bath Championship.

Much has changed, of course, but, as the photographs in this book show, it's often astonishing just how much has remained the same.
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Space for Dark Skies - An Astronomical Miscellany from the Isle of Man

Space for Dark Skies - An Astronomical Miscellany from the Isle of Man

16.95

The author, Howard Parkin, is well known in Isle of Man astronomical circles and he presents in this book a lifetime of enthralling work. Beginning with an interest in astronomy as a small child, Howard has developed his knowledge and understanding to a level where he now rubs shoulders with many of the famous astronauts and stargazers of our time. This book acts as both a memoir and a tutorial guide and will be indispensable to anyone who studies the heavens from the Isle of Man and beyond, whether as an interested amateur or a dedicated professional, as the author generously shares his knowledge and experience.

The book is beautifully illustrated throughout with stunning colour images.
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Snaefell - A Mountain and a Railway

Snaefell - A Mountain and a Railway

14.99

The Snaefell Mountain Railway was the first mountain railway in the British Isles. Opened in August 1895, it was built in only eight months by pioneering Victorian engineers at a time when electric traction was in its infancy.Today, the Victorian tramcars still climb to Snaefell’s summit, 2036 feet above sea level, where the mountain scenery and views are unrivalled.

This book tells the story of the Snaefell Mountain Railway and also of the mountain itself. It recalls the history of the railway, from the first attempts to build a steam railway to the summit through to the present day. The rich social history of the mountain, mining, folklore and wildlife is also described.

Illustrated throughout with colour and black and white photographs, many of which have not previously been published.
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Steam Packet 190

Steam Packet 190

18.95

The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is the oldest continually operating passenger shipping company in the world, having began operations in 1830. Today the company carries some 600,000 passengers annually, 170,000 cars and is the Island’s lifeline for freight.

This book includes a history of the company year by year, including the takeover over of the operation by the Isle of Man Government in 2019 and details of the new purpose-built flag ship to be introduced in 2023.
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Prison Governor's Journal

Prison Governor's Journal

17.99

Prisons in England and Wales have weathered a succession of crises since 1947. The author considers the impact of cell overcrowding and regime destruction on both staff and prisoners. He argues that the consequential inability to reduce re-offending generates continuing threats to public safety.

Drawing on his decades of service as a Governor at various Prison's throughout the British Isles, Manxman Brendan O'Friel explores some "unanswered questions" arising from the chronic prison crises. He provides insights into life within the seven penal establishments in which he served including the "explosion of evil" (his story of the 1990 Strangeways riot).

He was involved in the formation of the Prison Governors Association in 1987 and describes the work of the Association to influence and improve penal policy and practice.

The 2020 Covid 19 Pandemic has added substantially to the prisons crisis but the author suggests it may also offer a surprising opportunity for radical change.

Born in the Isle of Man, Brendan O'Friel was educated at Stonyhurst College and Liverpool University. He joined the Prison Service in 1963 as an Assistant Governor and served at Lowdham Grange, Nottinghamshire, Manchester Prison, Onley Borstal Recall Centre, Preston Prison and Birmingham Prisons. He was appointed to take charge of Featherstone Prison, near Wolverhampton in 1980 and became Governor of Strangeways in 1986. His final command was Risley Prison near Warrington from 1990-1995. In addition, he served in a number of posts at Regional Office and Headquarters. Between 1977 and 1984, he was Chairman of the Governors representative organisation and was elected Chairman of the Prison Governors Association in 1990, a post he held until 1995. Since retirement, he has returned to live on the Isle of Man. He has been Chair of the North West Rail Passengers Committee and a founder member of Travel Watch Isle of Man.


Illustrated throughout with photographs, verse, drawings and cartoons, this book captures the realities of the prison crisis.
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The Snaefell Mine Disaster

The Snaefell Mine Disaster

16.99

On a cold bright morning in May 1897 the miners on the early shift at the Snaefell Mine began the long climb down the mine shaft to the underground workings. As they reached a depth of 300 feet they suddenly realised that something was wrong. Within minutes, some of the men were scrambling to the surface, calling for help and fighting for their lives.

A rescue party was quickly formed as a major tragedy unfolded underground. Twenty men died, the distress made even worse when it was quickly discovered that the deaths had been due carelessness. The events of that morning led to one of the worst tragedies to befall the Isle of Man - the Snaefell Mine Disaster.

It had a devastating effect on the close-knit communities from which the miners came. The inquests and funerals that followed revealed the full extent of the suffering of the victim's families; there were fourteen widows, thirty orphans and two widowed mothers whose sole support had been their sons. The Manx community quickly rallied to their support and the heroism of rescuers was also recognised.

In this book to mark the 125th Anniversary since the disaster author Andrew Scarffe, a well-known expert on the history of Laxey and its mines, brings together for the first time the story of the mine, its working conditions and the struggle to survive. It charts the events of that terrible day and the heroic efforts to rescue the men trapped underground. He also examines the reasons why the disaster took place. The book also includes an account of how the mine was briefly brought back to life in the 1950s and concludes with the story of how mining enthusiasts restored the mine's waterwheel over a hundred years later.

Lavishly illustrated throughout with many images that have never been seen before. There is also a chapter on the history of the nearby Glen Roy Mine, which is mostly forgotten to Manx history.
find out more

Isle of Man Outdoor Leisure Map - North

Isle of Man Outdoor Leisure Map - North

5.95

Produced by the Isle of Man Mapping Unit, this is a full colour detailed map of the north of the Isle of Man.


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Castletown Past and Present

Castletown Past and Present

13.95

Home to probably the most complete mediaeval castle in Europe, Castletown today belies its history as a stronghold, former island capital and bustling port. There are surprises too. Castletown was once home to a world famous museum of magic and witchcraft. A local school is renowned for annually setting the world's most difficult quiz. Each year, the quiet town hosts the World Tin Bath Championship.

Much has changed, of course, but, as the photographs in this book show, it's often astonishing just how much has remained the same.
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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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Isle of Man Favourite Manx Walks

Isle of Man Favourite Manx Walks

9.95

The author has lived in the Isle of Man for over twenty years. He has walked the hills, countryside, glens and coast of the Island extensively and has learned about the history and interesting stories of these places. This guide offers some of the walks from previous publications that have been popular with readers, together with many new routes. The 30 walks described here will take you through all the different landscapes of the Isle of Man, upland moors, valleys, glens, tranquil rural landscapes, dramatic cliffs and deserted sea shores. The walks range from 4 to 13 miles and they are mostly circular and accessible by car and public transport.

If you are interested in exploring the rich diversity of the Isle of Man’s countryside and coast, and becoming informed along the way, this book is for you.
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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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Space for Dark Skies - An Astronomical Miscellany from the Isle of Man

Space for Dark Skies - An Astronomical Miscellany from the Isle of Man

16.95

The author, Howard Parkin, is well known in Isle of Man astronomical circles and he presents in this book a lifetime of enthralling work. Beginning with an interest in astronomy as a small child, Howard has developed his knowledge and understanding to a level where he now rubs shoulders with many of the famous astronauts and stargazers of our time. This book acts as both a memoir and a tutorial guide and will be indispensable to anyone who studies the heavens from the Isle of Man and beyond, whether as an interested amateur or a dedicated professional, as the author generously shares his knowledge and experience.

The book is beautifully illustrated throughout with stunning colour images.
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Ramsey Swing Bridge 1000 Piece Jigsaw

Ramsey Swing Bridge 1000 Piece Jigsaw

21.99

Not suitable for children under 36 months.


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Snaefell - A Mountain and a Railway

Snaefell - A Mountain and a Railway

14.99

The Snaefell Mountain Railway was the first mountain railway in the British Isles. Opened in August 1895, it was built in only eight months by pioneering Victorian engineers at a time when electric traction was in its infancy.Today, the Victorian tramcars still climb to Snaefell’s summit, 2036 feet above sea level, where the mountain scenery and views are unrivalled.

This book tells the story of the Snaefell Mountain Railway and also of the mountain itself. It recalls the history of the railway, from the first attempts to build a steam railway to the summit through to the present day. The rich social history of the mountain, mining, folklore and wildlife is also described.

Illustrated throughout with colour and black and white photographs, many of which have not previously been published.
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Spectacular Isle of Man - As Free As the Sweet Mountain Air

Spectacular Isle of Man - As Free As the Sweet Mountain Air

18.00

Craig Goffin is a licensed drone pilot and photographer living and working in the Isle of Man. His stunning, colourful images will take you on a journey through our beautiful land. Lush green meadows, forests and glens, where trees look like fireworks when viewed from above, and the blue waters of Man highlight the versatility of drone photography. See our spectacular ancient landscapes, modern townscapes and the rugged azure coastline. The Isle of Man really is a sparkling gem in the Irish Sea.
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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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Peel Past and Present

Peel Past and Present

13.95

Peel is one of the oldest Manx towns and also one of the most dependent on the sea. Fishing has shaped Peel with a great many of the inhabitants having some connexion with the industry. Even today Peel boasts the largest fishing fleet in the Irish Sea. But the story doesn't end there. When holidaymakers discovered the Isle of Man, Peel's majestic castle, picturesque winding streets and bustling port drew fascinated visitors.

The book is illustrated throughout with old photographs drawn from the postcards that visitors used to send home. These together with the book's present day images enable the reader to visually see the comparisons between the present day and days gone by. Much has of course changed, but it's often surprising how much has remained the same.

The book is supplemented with additional material from George Hobbs and Sara Goodwins

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