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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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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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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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Mann Alone

Mann Alone

8.50

An international pandemic has wiped out most of the world’s population. The Isle of Man must stand alone to protect what is left of civilization for the human race to continue. Peter Quinnel is a farmer with a strong sense of duty; he is also the leader of the Army Reservists. Dr Vin Singh is an experienced pathologist, and he can be abrasive and impatient. Can these two different characters overcome the recklessness and antagonism of others, to save the Isle of Man?

Philip Kelly’s first novel is an exciting ‘what if’ for the twenty-first century and is particularly relevant given the current situation that we all find ourselves in.
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Sir Frank Gill - The Unique Story of a Manx Telecommunications Pioneer

Sir Frank Gill - The Unique Story of a Manx Telecommunications Pioneer

19.95

This is the story of an exceptional Manxman who was born in Castletown and went on to become one of the most respected telephone engineers outside the United States. In the 1930s he was probably the highest authority on telephone engineeering throughout the world and had many honours conferred upon him by his fellow engineers. No matter what country he visited, he left it richer in the means and know-how of human intercommunications.
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Gem of God's Earth

Gem of God's Earth

13.00

Gem of God's Earth is a 7 movement suite of original orchestral music inspired by the natural beauty of the Isle of Man.

1. The Ayres, 2. Ballaglass, 3. Langness, 4. The Curraghs, 5. The Chasms, 6. Dark Skies, 7. Cronk ny Arrey Laa



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Phone Kiosks of the Isle of Man - A Pictorial Guide to Isle of Man Phone Boxes

Phone Kiosks of the Isle of Man - A Pictorial Guide to Isle of Man Phone Boxes

10.00

Now old technology, the ubiquitous red telephone box is seen as a quaint and quintessentially British icon by visitors from overseas. The Isle of Man has some remarkable examples of traditional and more contemporary phone kiosks, many of them in stunning locations. Documenting the twilight years of the public phone box, this book will delight everyone who loves the Manx landscape and lifestyle, and especially those with personal memories of the Island’s phone boxes.
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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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Story From Stone

Story From Stone

14.99

This book is inspired by Ballure Chapel in Ramsey and its 'graveyard for strangers'. Many of the people buried there were not Manx-born but came to the island from all over the world.

The authors have researched the lives of 40 of these 'strangers', drawing inspiration from the few headstones that remain and intriguingly brief burial records. Using real events in the strangers' lives the authors have brought each person vividly to life.

Their stories span four centuries from a woman born in 1739 who gave birth to 16 children to an alluring Havana socialite who died in 2015. With intriguing illustrations by Jo Davies, the book will appeal to lovers of literary tales, social history and thoughtful imagery and it combines a blend of fact and fiction.
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Lady Derby - The Great Whore of Babylon

Lady Derby - The Great Whore of Babylon

12.00

Charlotte de la Tremoille, Lady Derby, has been immortalised by her admirers as the heroine of the siege of Lathom, and vilified by her enemies as the Wicked Woman of Babylon. In this book the author traces her ancestry, her extraordinary achievements during the English Civil War. and the relationship of her husband, James Stanley, Seventh Earl of Derby, with his most prized possession, the Isle of Man, where he was known as Yn Stanlagh Mooar (The Great Stanley).
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Wrendale / Royal Worcester Robins Christmas Decoration

Wrendale / Royal Worcester Robins Christmas Decoration

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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Trains and Trams of the Isle of Man 1956 - 1972 DVD

Trains and Trams of the Isle of Man 1956 - 1972 DVD

16.99

The Isle of Man has a rich transport heritage which lives on to this day in which Victorian steam locomotives hauled passenger trains and Victorian tramcars. These have barely changed in appearance since they first ran, but their story has not all been plain sailing.

In the middle of the 20th century railways and trams were seen as old and obsolete and it seemed likely that both passengers and goods would turn to road transport, causing the trains and trams to disappear. Happily that was not to be! The railways (the trams running on the Manx Electric Railway and the trains on the Isle of Man Railway) reinvented themselves and became a tourist attraction in their own right after two difficult decades. Those troublesome years are the subject of this DVD, with story beginning in 1956 and continuing until the dawn of the 1970s.

In full colour archive footage this DVD shows the steam train services at their peak, serving Port Erin in the south as well as Peel and Ramsey from Douglas along the western and northern coast. Also the trams running along the eastern coast to Ramsey from Douglas and from a junction at Laxey, up to the summit of Snaefell. Rare footage includes shunting and goods traffic at St Johns in 1956, the Ramsey North line, County Donegal railcars and the Queen’s coaches.

The narrative records the history of all of these lines in those turbulent times and illustrates the last days of their independence and the period when the Marquess of Ailsa sought to reinvigorate the steam railway.

With original archive views of red and green steam locomotives and trams of many colours and, of course, the famous horse trams of Douglas Promenade which carried on regardless, these are the Trains and Trams of the Isle of Man.

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Mona's Queen 5 Mounted Print

Mona's Queen 5 Mounted Print

35.00

The Mona's Queen was built for the IOMSPC by Ailsa Shipbuilding Company in Troon, Scotland and launched on 21st December 1971. She made her maiden voyage on 9th June 1972. The vessel was then withdrawn from service several weeks later for further adjustments before becoming fully operational.

She principally worked the Liverpool to Douglas sailings and continued on the winter services between 1972 and 1984 with "Manx Maid"2 ,"Ben-my-Chree V",and latterly her "new sister "Lady of Mann 2". She also played her part in introducing new car ferry services such as to Dublin in 1974.

1990 was to be her final year in service but before she completed her season she rendezvoused with the Cunard liner "Queen Elizabeth 2" in Liverpool and carried islanders specially to witness the liner during Cunard's 150th Anniversary. Prior to returning to the Island she did a complete circular sail past of the liner which was anchored mid river.

Her final voyage was 3rd September 1990 and after which she was laid up in Liverpool prior to being sold to Philippine buyers in December 1995 and being renamed "Mary the Queen".



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Under the Maltese Cross - A Personal Story of the Ramsey Steam Ship Company

Under the Maltese Cross - A Personal Story of the Ramsey Steam Ship Company

9.99

Formed in 1913 and based in the Isle of Man, the Ramsey Steam Ship Company had a long and illustrious history operating relatively small coastal vessels until its sad demise shortly after reaching its centenary in 2013. The names of all the ships owned by the company were prefixed with 'Ben' meaning girl, woman or lady in Manx Gaelic and they became known affectionately as the 'Ben-boats'.

In this book, drawing on his wealth of previously unpublished photographs, the author tells a personal story of not only its history , but his own unique involvement and association with this fine company, and of many of the conscientious, dedicated, loyal and professional people, afloat and ashore, who served in it, during a period of many changes in Manx shipping.
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Visitors' Historic Britain: The Isle of Man - Stone Age to Swinging Sixties

Visitors' Historic Britain: The Isle of Man - Stone Age to Swinging Sixties

14.99

The Isle of Man is one of the richest historic landscapes in Europe. Packed into its 225 square miles are dramatic stories of Bronze Age conflict, Viking warriors, Medieval kings, smugglers, maritime and railway history, wartime airfields and even a pirate radio station. Add to that the Island's unique motorsport heritage (on two, three and four wheels), and you have a combination unrivalled anywhere in the British Isles.

Whatever your passion, or whichever historical period appeals to you, the Isle of Man will have something fascinating to offer. Filled with illustrations, and using first-hand accounts to enhance the narrative, this book takes the reader on a chronological journey through the island's history, before offering a series of guided tours which pick up the highlights of each district.

From Bronze Age hill forts, to Medieval castles. From heritage railways, to historic quaysides. From award-winning museums, to country mansions, the Isle of Man has it all. Let this book be your guide to historic Britain's best-kept secret, as you explore a place untouched by the hectic pace of 21st century life, where heritage is, quite literally, to be found around every corner.
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Visions of Mann A4 Calendar 2021

Visions of Mann A4 Calendar 2021

Isle of Man Coast, Countryside and Churches

Isle of Man Coast, Countryside and Churches

9.95

This book is for those who want to experience the great wealth of countryside and coastal walks but with the added benefit of visiting interesting and historic churches and chapels, some dating back over hundreds or thousands of years.

The 22 walks described here with detailed maps will take you through the many different landscapes of the Island - valleys, glens, open moorland, idyllic rural landscapes, craggy cliffs and sandy beaches. It includes walks exploring the heritage of our principal towns. The walks vary from 2 to 11 miles and are easily accessible by car or bus.

If you are looking to explore the Isle of Man and see some wonderful and unique churches and chapels that tell stories about its history and social development this book is for you.
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Official Isle of Man Peter Pan 50p Coin Collector's Set, 2020

Official Isle of Man Peter Pan 50p Coin Collector's Set, 2020

22.00

For the year of 2020, Tower Mint Ltd on behalf of the Isle of Man Government has issued a Peter Pan 50p Coin Collection presented in an official Isle of Man Government / Tower Mint collector's folder. Each of the six 50p denominations in the set depicts a Peter Pan character along with a quote classic quote.

The featured characters on the coins are as follows:

Tinker Bell & Peter Pan
Tinker Bell
The Jolly Roger
Mr Smee
The Mermaids
Peter Pan

Coin Specifications:

Country of Issue: Isle of Man
Diameter: 27.3mm
Weight: 8g
Metal: Cupro-Nickel
Finish: Circulating
Denomination: 50p


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Best Selling Items

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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Visions of Mann Slim Calendar 2021

Visions of Mann Slim Calendar 2021

4.99

***TEMPORARILY OUT OF SOTCK - NEW STOCK DUE 25/11/20***
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Wrendale / Royal Worcester Robins Christmas Decoration

Wrendale / Royal Worcester Robins Christmas Decoration

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.
find out more

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.
find out more

Under the Maltese Cross - A Personal Story of the Ramsey Steam Ship Company

Under the Maltese Cross - A Personal Story of the Ramsey Steam Ship Company

9.99

Formed in 1913 and based in the Isle of Man, the Ramsey Steam Ship Company had a long and illustrious history operating relatively small coastal vessels until its sad demise shortly after reaching its centenary in 2013. The names of all the ships owned by the company were prefixed with 'Ben' meaning girl, woman or lady in Manx Gaelic and they became known affectionately as the 'Ben-boats'.

In this book, drawing on his wealth of previously unpublished photographs, the author tells a personal story of not only its history , but his own unique involvement and association with this fine company, and of many of the conscientious, dedicated, loyal and professional people, afloat and ashore, who served in it, during a period of many changes in Manx shipping.
find out more

Isle of Man TT Calendar 2021

Isle of Man TT Calendar 2021

Isle of Man Railways Calendar 2021

Isle of Man Railways Calendar 2021

6.00

Illustrated in this calendar, the Isle of Man's rail and tramways have a character all of their own
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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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Port Erin Past and Present

Port Erin Past and Present

13.95

When holidaymakers discovered the Isle of Man, Port Erin became a favourite place to visit. Hotels were built and life started to revolve around the needs of its visitors. The old photographs in this book are drawn from the postcards such visitors sent home. Now the town is re-inventing itself again. Gone are most of the Victorian hotels, with their ballrooms, live entertainment and seaside competitions. Bathing machines have been turned into garden sheds and donkeys no longer trot along the sand.
This book reminds us of the dramatic changes which have taken place in this seaside town.
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Wrendale Brown Cow Canvas

Wrendale Brown Cow Canvas

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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Cross Purposes - An Introduction to Mediaeval Manx Crosses

Cross Purposes - An Introduction to Mediaeval Manx Crosses

5.95

For centuries the Manx stone crosses stood majestically braving the weather and changing fashions. Often they were the most striking man-made features in the Manx landscape. Today most of the old crosses have been given sheltered accommodation in their old age. Yet they still have stories to tell, these Christian symbols which carry the sagas and language of pagan Viking invaders. But who raised them and why? How were they carved? Where did the stone come from? What do they mean? Do other Celtic nations have similar memorials?

This book explores the stories behind these enigmas of the Manx landscape.
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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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Wrendale / Royal Worcester Donkey Christmas Decoration

Wrendale / Royal Worcester Donkey Christmas Decoration

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