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Welcome To:

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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Gura mie ayd / Thankyou

New Products

Manx Electric Railway 125th Anniversary 2018 - A Pictorial Souvenir

Manx Electric Railway 125th Anniversary 2018 - A Pictorial Souvenir

9.95

The Manx Electric Railway celebrated its 125th Anniversary with a week of special events during September 2018.

This souvenir booklet gives a behind the scenes account of how the anniversary week was planned and describes each individual event.

Beautifully illustrated throughout with colour photographs.
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Jinny the Witch and the Magic Tunnel

Jinny the Witch and the Magic Tunnel

5.99

This book is set on the eve of Hop-tu-Naa when Jinny the Witch and her cat, Tabitha, have a transport systems failure with her broomstick and land unceremoniously on the roof of Ant and Bee's engine shed in the middle of the night. Wasp, the battery-power electric engine, is also woken up and the three engines try to solve the problem of where to find a new broomstick for Jinny to continue on her travels. Obviously, this involves the Magic Tunnel.

Beautifully illustrated throughout by the author and with parallel texts in both Manx Gaelic and English


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Evenings of Wonder

Evenings of Wonder

8.99

An aerialist plummets through the air in a cascade of glittering stars. A young woman walks a high-wire, her feet encased in baskets. An equestrienne rides side-saddle over a five bar gate.

From humble acrobatics to death-defying stunts, these are the extraordinary real-life exploits of some 19th century circus personalities, as witnessed by mesmerised audiences on the Isle of Man when it was a Victorian holiday idyll.

This book is a vivid chronicle of the extraordinary circus personalities that visited the Isle of Man in the nineteenth century. All named characters and events described in the book are based on fact and background details are as historically accurate as possible. The narrative is a product of the author's imagination. To marry the two has not been an easy balancing act - but then, there is nothing easy about the circus. They just make it look that way.
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Isle of Man Airport Fire Service Thornycroft Nubian

Isle of Man Airport Fire Service Thornycroft Nubian

18.00

Fire 3
Registration: MN4359
Scale: 1:76
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Peter Hickman "Full ThroTTle Man" Mounted Print

Peter Hickman

25.00

Limited edition numbered print of 226 by artist Stephen Doig. Entitled "Full ThroTTle Man" it is double mounted with a thin black bordering mount and surrounded by the white main mount and depicts Peter Hickman on the 2019 season's Smiths BMW.
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Michael Dunlop "Shogun" Mounted Print

Michael Dunlop

25.00

Limited edition numbered print of 226 by artist Stephen Doig. Entitled " Shogun" it is double mounted with a thin black bordering mount and surrounded by the white main mount and depicts Michael Dunlop on the 2019 Tyco BMW.
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John McGuinness "Islander" Mounted Print

John McGuinness

25.00

Limited edition numbered print of 226 by artist Stephen Doig. Entitled " Islander" it is double mounted with a thin black bordering mount and surrounded by the white main mount and depicts John McGuinness on the 2019 Norton.
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CW - It Was the Best of Times - The Racing Career of Charlie Williams

CW - It Was the Best of Times - The Racing Career of Charlie Williams

9.99

****SIGNED COPIES SUPPLIED WHILST STOCKS LAST****

Charlie started racing in 1969, initially as a sidecar passenger, before going on to be one of the best TT riders of his generation, with twenty podium places to his credit including nine wins. Although sometimes regarded as a TT specialist, Charlie raced with great success not only on the British short circuits but throughout Europe, Australia, China and Japan.

Winning the Spa 24hr race at his first attempt in 1973 earned him a place in the Honda Britain Endurance Racing team, producing further success in Italy, France, Spain, Germany and Holland in both 8hr and 24hr events.

After a break from racing of almost ten years he was tempted back to race at the Mallory Park Past Masters event, the ICGP race series, the "Barry Sheene Memorial" race at the Goodwood Revival and, after a thirty year hiatus away from the TT, the 500 Senior race at the Classic TT. Proving that he had lost little of his "flair" Charlie was the best rider in his class at that Classic TT event and shocked many pundits when, along with his mate Mike Farrall he won part one the Barry Sheene Memorial event in 2016 on an eighty three year old motorcycle.

Also well known for many years as one of the voices of Radio TT
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Ferries and Pleasure Steamers of the British Isles

Ferries and Pleasure Steamers of the British Isles

25.00

This book takes a nostalgic look at many of the favourite ferries and pleasure steamers which have plied the rivers, lakes and seas all around Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, Wales, the Irish Republic, the Scillies, the Channel Islands, and England. It comprises around 260 photographs taken over the last eighty years, most never previously published, accompanied by detailed and informative captions. This round Britain trip ends with ‘Cruising BR Style’, showing views of railway-owned ferries in distant cruise ports and in the far north, well above the Arctic Circle, where in years gone by British Railways used to operate popular trips. There are biographies of those photographers who have now passed away, and a complete index.

Local author Richard Danielson, a well-published maritime writer and historian, has selected some of the best and most interesting images from his collection, which includes slides and negatives taken by some of the leading maritime photographers of the age. From the largest ferries of the era to some of the smallest trip boats, all much-loved and fondly remembered, this book will help to keep alive those happy memories of local trips and excursions to sea, reminding us of those photographers who ventured out in all weathers to leave us with this splendid pictorial legacy.
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Prohibited Portrait

Prohibited Portrait

8.99

This thriller is based in the Isle of Man where a body is washed ashore and is badly cut after hitting rocks. Unrecognisable, the post-mortem reveals the man had drowned in fresh water.

Who is he and was he murdered? Using an artist's reconstruction to appeal locally for information, the police discover his name and address. Inquiries with his solicitor suggest he knew he might be killed. The letter left for the police also reveals he was a special agent working for President de Gaulle, hints at who may be involved and leads the police to find a safe that was hidden underground in his garage. When the safe is opened a decorated wooden block is found that appears to be solid. The beautiful object is covered with mother-of-pearl Arabic writing that is translated as Mohammed is the Prophet of Allah. The School of Oriental and African Studies at London University reveal the object is known as The Caliph's Great Seal and is believed to contain the only portrait of the Prophet Mohammed. How can it be opened? X-raying the Seal at Manchester University's Chemistry Department, at an ultra-low temperature, reveals a mechanism involving ten sprung levers that when pressed in the correct order will open the box. Further investigations find the artefact was acquired by Abdullah Quilliam, Britain's first and only Sheikh of Islam, from the last Caliph, Mehmed VI in 1924.

How did the tablet find its way to an isolated house in the Isle of Man? When it is realised the tablet's value is priceless, but so dangerous that it could unleash a war between rival factions of Islam, what can be done to ensure its safety?
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Port St Mary 1000 Piece Jigsaw

Port St Mary 1000 Piece Jigsaw

Visions of Mann A4 Calendar 2020

Visions of Mann A4 Calendar 2020

5.99

Portraying 12 scenes from the beautiful Isle of Man, this calendar runs from January 2020 - December 2020


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Power, Poles and Platelaying: Keeping the MER on Track

Power, Poles and Platelaying: Keeping the MER on Track

19.95

The Manx Electric and Snaefell Mountain Railways are famed for being pioneering ventures in electric traction in the British Isles. Over the years their fleets of historic trams have continued in service with relatively few apparent changes.

The infrastructure which supports their operation is a very different matter. Developing technology, modern techniques, and changing attitudes to the working environment have all affected the operation and maintenance of the heritage railways. The Victorian and Edwardian tramcars have changed little in appearance, but are now supported by twenty-first century railway practices.

This book examines the civil,structural and electrical engineering needed to support the railways. It covers the railway as originally constructed, major upgrades and continuing maintenance, and includes some of the details of the changing circumstances and regulations in which these well-loved railways continue to operate.
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M is for Manx Cat! An Isle of Man ABC

M is for Manx Cat! An Isle of Man ABC

7.99

This book is an informative, interactive and wonderfully illustrated celebration of Our Island and will appeal to young children, early readers and Isle of Man enthusiasts from near and far away.

Each letter of the alphabet is represented by a colourful, digital illustration of an Isle of Man icon, a rhyming couplet and a Manx translation and pronunciation.

The book also features:
A full page of Manx Gaelic translations and pronunciations, provided by Culture Vannin (with sound files of these to listen to at www.isleofmanabc.com)
Four Manx Songs (the Manx National Anthem, The Laxey Wheel Song, Ramsey Town and Hunt the Wren)
Two pages of interesting facts about the Isle of Man
Lots of Three Legs of Man to count!


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Best Selling Items

Isle of Man Ordnance Survey Landranger Map

Isle of Man Ordnance Survey Landranger Map

8.99

Isle of Man Ordnance Survey Landranger map provides all the information you need to get to know the Island, whether you are a visitor or a local resident. This latest edition also includes an access code to download the map onto your smartphone or tablet.
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M is for Manx Cat! An Isle of Man ABC

M is for Manx Cat! An Isle of Man ABC

7.99

This book is an informative, interactive and wonderfully illustrated celebration of Our Island and will appeal to young children, early readers and Isle of Man enthusiasts from near and far away.

Each letter of the alphabet is represented by a colourful, digital illustration of an Isle of Man icon, a rhyming couplet and a Manx translation and pronunciation.

The book also features:
A full page of Manx Gaelic translations and pronunciations, provided by Culture Vannin (with sound files of these to listen to at www.isleofmanabc.com)
Four Manx Songs (the Manx National Anthem, The Laxey Wheel Song, Ramsey Town and Hunt the Wren)
Two pages of interesting facts about the Isle of Man
Lots of Three Legs of Man to count!


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Triskele Circular Pendant with Celtic Triple Spiral Knot

Triskele Circular Pendant with Celtic Triple Spiral Knot

20.00

Crafted in the finest 925 Sterling Silver, this attractive Triskelle Pendant with surrounding Triple Knot Spiral comes with a 16" sterling silver chain and is presented in an Isle of Man Collection red and gold gift box
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Isle of Man Summits - Easy Walking of 28 Summits Over 1,000 Feet.

Isle of Man Summits - Easy Walking of 28 Summits Over 1,000 Feet.

4.95

This book describes the easy walking routes to all the accessible summits (28 of them) over 1,000 feet on the Isle of Man. By using the book, you will be rewarded with breath-taking views over tens of miles and you will be treading routes that few others take, even though they are readily reached by a short journey from a nearby road.
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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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Manx Electric Railway 125th Anniversary 2018 - A Pictorial Souvenir

Manx Electric Railway 125th Anniversary 2018 - A Pictorial Souvenir

9.95

The Manx Electric Railway celebrated its 125th Anniversary with a week of special events during September 2018.

This souvenir booklet gives a behind the scenes account of how the anniversary week was planned and describes each individual event.

Beautifully illustrated throughout with colour photographs.
find out more

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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Those Were the Days Volume 4 - More Collected Images from the Isle of Man's Past

Those Were the Days Volume 4 - More Collected Images from the Isle of Man's Past

16.95

This volume continues the theme of the previous three volumes by responding to requests from readers to include scenes that have undergone great alterations over the years and to feature images of shops and other premises that disappeared some time ago.

Always of interest is the area around Douglas Harbour and along the promenades and the opportunity has been taken to add some images taken when this area was in the process of dramatic change.

The pictures have been collated from the archives of Manx Press Pictures, the Keig Collection, the iMuseum and from the author's own collection.
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Manx Folk Tales

Manx Folk Tales

9.99

These lively and entertaining folk tales are vividly retold by professional storyteller Fiona Angwin. Their origins lost in the oral tradition, these thirty stories from the Isle of Man reflect the wisdom (and eccentricities) of the Island and its people. Discover why the Manx cat has no tail and what makes the Loaghtan sheep so unusual. Read about the Black Dog of Peel , Jack the Giant Killer, the Buggane of St Trinians, fairy folk and the phynodderee. These enchanting tales will appeal to modern readers and storytellers, young and old alike, both on the Isle of Man and further afield,
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Official Isle of Man 2019 Currency Coin Collection

Official Isle of Man 2019 Currency Coin Collection

29.95

For the year of 2019, 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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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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Ferries and Pleasure Steamers of the British Isles

Ferries and Pleasure Steamers of the British Isles

25.00

This book takes a nostalgic look at many of the favourite ferries and pleasure steamers which have plied the rivers, lakes and seas all around Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, Wales, the Irish Republic, the Scillies, the Channel Islands, and England. It comprises around 260 photographs taken over the last eighty years, most never previously published, accompanied by detailed and informative captions. This round Britain trip ends with ‘Cruising BR Style’, showing views of railway-owned ferries in distant cruise ports and in the far north, well above the Arctic Circle, where in years gone by British Railways used to operate popular trips. There are biographies of those photographers who have now passed away, and a complete index.

Local author Richard Danielson, a well-published maritime writer and historian, has selected some of the best and most interesting images from his collection, which includes slides and negatives taken by some of the leading maritime photographers of the age. From the largest ferries of the era to some of the smallest trip boats, all much-loved and fondly remembered, this book will help to keep alive those happy memories of local trips and excursions to sea, reminding us of those photographers who ventured out in all weathers to leave us with this splendid pictorial legacy.
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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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Manx Fairy Tales

Manx Fairy Tales

16.00

Manx Fairy Tales collected by Sophia Morrison at the beginning of last century, has proved to be one of the most popular and enduring works ever published about the Isle of Man. All the famous characters from Manx mythology appear in this collection: the Buggane of St Trinian's, the Moddey Dhoo of Peel Castle and the wren who, through her cunning and quick thinking, became the King of the Birds.

This edition of the stories has been newly editied by Bob Carswell who has adapted the text to make it accessible to the modern reader, though keeping all the drama and characters of the originals. Also for this edtion, Julian Ashby Smyth has created a rich and colourful illustrations and Charles Guard has produced a specially recorded CD, with original music and sound effects, which brings the 15 key stories to life.
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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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