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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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Gura mie ayd / Thankyou

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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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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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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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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***

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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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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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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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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Tales of a Manx Preemie: The Giant's Dreamstone

Tales of a Manx Preemie: The Giant's Dreamstone

9.95

Join Preemie Kayleigh on her fourth adventure among the Manx fairies.

Kayleigh is troubled by a mysterious recurring dream that she is certain is coming to her from the fairy realm. More troubling still, her fairy friends all seem to have disappeared. Kayleigh sets out to find answers by herself and becomes entangled once more in the turmoil of an awakening fairy world. Her adventure takes her from the dungeons under Castle Rushen to the top of North Barrule, as she struggles to unravel the mystery of her strange dreams and to rescue her missing friends. Along the way she meets a Manx giant who sends her to meet the one person who can restore peace to the fairy world, but only if Kayleigh agrees to pay a terrible price in return
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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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TT Titans - The Twenty-Five Greatest Isle of Man Racing Machines.

TT Titans - The Twenty-Five Greatest Isle of Man Racing Machines.

25.00

Which racing motorcycles or sidecar outfits have made the strongest contributions to the Isle of Man TT over the last century? If you had to choose twenty-five individual machines for a fantasy museum, which ones would they be? Matthew Richardson has made his choices, and describes each one in vivid detail in this perceptive and highly illustrated book. He takes into account extraordinary achievements like lap records, race victories, technical innovations and other milestones in TT and motorcycle history. His selection highlights the engineering excellence and feats of riding skill that have marked so many years of racing on the Mountain Course.

As well as examining the most significant machines, the author includes profiles of the exceptional men who built and rode them. Modern bikes from BMW, Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha are featured alongside the machines that dominated the early years of the TT such as Matchless, Norton and Velocette. The riders who took them to victory include many of the best-known names from every era of the sport – from Stanley Woods, Bob McIntyre and Mike Hailwood to Carl Fogarty, Joey Dunlop, Dave Molyneux and John McGuinness.

The author is Curator of Social History at Manx National Heritage and is an expert on the history of the Isle of Man TT
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Way of the Gull CD

Way of the Gull CD

10.00

A'Nish is a part Manx folk group and this nine track album is made up of new and original material together with a mix of traditional and folk songs.

Singers: Ruth Keggin & Anna Goldbeck-Wood
Guitar: Karl Kramer & Dave Pearce
Bass: Vanessa Hutchinso
Fiddle: Anna Goldbeck-Wood
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Laxey Wheel, Lady Isabella 1000 Piece Jigsaw

Laxey Wheel, Lady Isabella 1000 Piece Jigsaw

Tram Tales of the Manx Electric Railway Vol 2: Stick to Safety

Tram Tales of the Manx Electric Railway Vol 2: Stick to Safety

5.95

Pam the Paddlebox Tram used to be a green but had been repainted in red just like most of the other trams. She didn't like it at all. The Safety Staff was also red. Red was rubbish! When Pam broke the rules trying to be different she got everything muddled up and Tina the Trailer had to help make things safe again.

This book is beautifully illustrated throughout in full colour.
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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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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.
find out more

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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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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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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Manannan Mounted Print

Manannan Mounted Print

35.00

In 2007 "Seacat Isle of Man" returned to the IOMSPC having been given a new company livery and renamed "Snaefell VI". Also at this time the Steam Packet Company had purchased a much larger Seacat vessel that had originated from the US Navy. Given the new name of "Manannan" she underwent a major re-build in Portsmouth and was introduced to company service during May 2009.

For a short period both the Mananannan and Snaefell VI operated alongside each other as depicted in this latest IOM Steam Packet artwork entitled "Arrivals and Departures" from Philip Welsh.
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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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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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Coins of the Isle of Man

Coins of the Isle of Man

29.95

This second edition (published April 2017) is a comprehensive reference work of the coins and tokens used and issued in the Isle of Man from earliest times to the present day and is a most useful reference work for anyone with an interest in the island's coins.

The author, Mike Southall, acquired his interest in coins in the Isle of Man when the new decimal series was issued in 1971 . The first offical Manx coins, halfpennies and pennies were issued by the Lord of Mann, James Stanley 10th Earl of Derby, and were made legal tender by an Act of Tynwald on 24th June 1710. Manx coins and a variety of tokens were circulating on the Island until 1939. Thereafter British coins became the only legal currency until decimalisation in February 1971. Also well documented are many Viking hoards together with a mishmash of coins and tokens used in the 17th century.



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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 Large Stretching Black Manx Cat

Ceramic Large Stretching Black Manx Cat

33.00

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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All Round Guide to the Isle of Man

All Round Guide to the Isle of Man

5.95

Published in March 2018, this is now the 9th 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 up to date advice, maps and essential information this pocket sized guide is your indispensible reference to the island's scenery, culture, visitor attractions and local places of interest.
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Isle of Man Transport - A Colour Journey Through Time

Isle of Man Transport - A Colour Journey Through Time

25.00

This stunning selection of colour views, dating from the period 1953-1980, includes most of the vessels operated during this period by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company and The Ramsey Steamship Company. Passenger boats and freighters are seen at ports on the island and on the mainland.

There is comprehensive coverage of the Peel, Ramsey and Port Erin lines operated by the Isle of Man Railway with some outstanding views taken during the 1950s, together with excellent portraits of most of the locomotives, as well carriages, vans, wagons, lorries, stations, staff and signal boxes. Also covered are Douglas Station and its environs, St John's junction and the Sunday 'specials' to Braddan.

Many of the rich mix of bus types operated by the railway subsidiary, Isle of Man Road Services, are seen in a variety of locations. Included are some of the vehicles delivered just before and shortly after the Second World War.

There are good views of the fascinating Ramsey Pier Tramway and its unusual rolling stock, as well as rare scenes taken as early as 1953 on the Groudle Glen Railway.

For anyone who loves the Isle of Man and its wealth of vintage transport, this book provides a remarkable trip down memory lane and a colourful reminder of some of its lost glories.
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Douglas Bay Horse Tramway 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

Douglas Bay Horse Tramway 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

19.99

Douglas Bay Horse Tramway was establsihed in 1876 and in this jigsaw the Double Deck Tram, 18, and Bulkhead Royal Tram, 44, are captured as they pass the Douglas Promenade War Memorial.

Not suitable for children under 36 months.
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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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