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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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Lighting the Manx Coast

Lighting the Manx Coast

18.00

There is no more a place that is so hostile to mariners than the south-east coast of the Isle of Man, where the pitiful wind howls and the tide runs at six miles per hour. Many a sorrowful story is told of vessels tossed by the wild waves upon the cruel, sharp-edged rocks of Langness. Here at the Island’s southernmost point the cruel sea has taken countless men to a watery graves.

This book is mixed with bravery and with sorrow; the publication covers many of the main ship disasters of this wild coast, the construction of Langness lighthouse and the various lighthouses built on the Calf of Mann and the new Chicken Rock lighthouse. It is a story also of how a vigorously hard-fought twenty-year campaign by the inhabitants of Castletown, its High Bailiff and agent for the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, led to improved lighting on the Isle of Man’s most dangerous shore.
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The Island Kitchen Volume Two - More Delicious Recipes From the Isle of Man

The Island Kitchen Volume Two - More Delicious Recipes From the Isle of Man

18.95

Following on from the hugely popular first edition, this new Island Kitchen Volume Two brings you more mouth-watering recipes from the Island’s finest establishments. Using the Isle of Man’s world-famous ingredients, you can enjoy creating restaurant-quality meals and pick up tips from the Island’s talented chefs along the way.

New recipes from the island's large restaurants, small intimate cafes, bars and breweries allow you to create the quality meals served in your favourite Isle of Man eateries, all in the comfort of your own home.
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Powering to the Rescue

Powering to the Rescue

21.50

A history of RNLI motor lifeboats.

The story of the motor lifeboat is one of continual development, the implementation of technological advances, improvements in design and construction, and the provision of ever faster and more sophisticated rescue craft to keep the volunteer crews of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution safe as they go about the task of saving lives at sea.

This comprehensive volume provides details of every RNLI motor lifeboat that has seen service in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The individual lifeboat types are described in detail, with the text accompanied by numerous diagrams and line drawings, as well as outstanding and unusual photographs, many of which have never been published before.
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Gaelg as Fishig - Skeeal my vea

Gaelg as Fishig - Skeeal my vea

12.00

***PLEASE NOTE, THIS BOOK IS WRITTEN IN MANX***

Brian Stowell, more than anyone of his generation, worked tirelessly and enthusiastically for the language and the cultural identity of this country and his autobiography takes us on a journey, of not only the author's cultural and political awakening, but that of this Island nation.

Born and educated in Douglas, Brian worked as a lecturer in Physics at Liverpool John Moore University before returning to the Island in 1991 to take up the new position of Manx Language Officer with the Department of Education. The title of his autobiography, Gaelg as Fishig, reflects these two elements to his life and work: Manx and Physics.

Brian, who received the Reih Bleeaney Vanannan Award in 2008 and the Tynwald Honour Medal in 2010 for his work for the language, is sadly missed but fondly remembered by many people both here and abroad and this book is a testament to a life well lived.


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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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Saving the Gaiety and Other Misfortunes of a Theatre Manager

Saving the Gaiety and Other Misfortunes of a Theatre Manager

16.95

This book is not a blow-by-blow account of the extraordinary restoration of the Gaiety Theatre and Opera House.

The words are a romp through the often hilarious memories and misfortunes of Mervin Stokes, the man who has spent much of his working life serving the Gaiety and whose dedication and detective work in reincarnating this magnificent Frank Matcham creation continue to go well beyond the call of duty. Mervin's MBE is a just reward for his achievements.

Michael Thompson's pictures are a complete photographic record of every detail of the theatre's restored interior and exterior - not only a priceless source of reference for the Gaiety's future preservation, but also a unique library for all students, researchers and scholars of Matcham's work and British theatre heritage and architecture.

This book will appeal to anyone who enjoys a good read or simply loves the theatre.


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Jetmalew and the Magic Tree

Jetmalew and the Magic Tree

6.99

In this fourth book in the series, Jetmalew and his friend Pincer-Peel the Lobster find a magical tree which takes them back to a time long ago. With the help of a Viking it is here that next Jetmalew adventure begins. Will Jetmalew and his friends win the Viking boat race?

Beautifully illustrated throughout, this would be ideal for children of primary schoool age.
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Living With the Sea - The Fascinating History of Port St Mary and its People

Living With the Sea - The Fascinating History of Port St Mary and its People

18.95

If you live by the sea you get to know it as a partner, adapting to its moods, from calm sunny days to furious stormy nights. Throughout its history, the people of Port St Mary - known locally as Purt Le Moirrey - have lived by and with the sea. It has provided them with a living, from fishing to shipbuilding to tourism. Without the sea, the village would not exist. The sea in question is the Irish Sea, in which the Isle of Man sits at the centre. From Port St Mary, you can look across to England and Wales, and from its neighbouring twin, Port Erin, you can see the Mountains of Mourne in Northern Ireland.

This book, written by a team of ten volunteer authors who love Port St Mary, trace its fascinating history from 1829, when it depended entirely on fishing and farming, to 1979, the Millennium Year when the Isle of Man celebrated one thousand years of continuing independent government, the oldest in the world.

This is the story of a port and its people, from school teachers to shopkeepers, from boarding house owners to World War II German internees, from nurses to those who travelled the world by sea. It begins at a time when few people owned land and transport was primitive; moves on to the great days of herring fishing, with a 100+ strong fleet, the harbours bustling with fisher folk, gutter girls, kipper curers and ship builders; and through to the development of tourism and its glory days spanning the 1920s to the 1960s.

It’s a story which has universal significance, demonstrating how independent-minded people in a small place lived with the sea, made a living from it, and rode its changing moods.
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Ghosts, Bugganes and Fairy Pigs - Karl Roeder's Manx Notes & Queries

Ghosts, Bugganes and Fairy Pigs -  Karl Roeder's Manx Notes & Queries

12.00

This book offers one of the richest sources of traditional tales from the Isle of Man, including fairies, bugganes, ghosts, giants, witches and so much more.

Collected over a hundred years ago by Karl Roeder, it is reprinted here for the first time since 1904 and now includes exciting additional material.
Stories include the origins of Hunt the Wren, the murdered witch of Slieu Whallian, and perhaps the Isle of Man's oldest UFO sighting.

The book is one of the richest sources of traditional tales from the Isle of Man, much of which was gathered from Edward Faragher - 'Ned Beg Hom Ruy' - the legendary poet of Cregneash.

As well as folklore, it contains fascinating pieces on history, language, literature and other things of Manx interest, as well as some more theoretical discussions of Manx matters unmatched then or since.

All of it has been faithfully transcribed and introduced by Stephen Miller, whose knowledge of the material is second to none.
Anyone interested in the Isle of Man will find this book enormously fascinating and endlessly rewarding.

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The Peter Pan 50p Coin Collector's Set, 2019

The Peter Pan 50p Coin Collector's Set, 2019

22.00

For the year of 2019, 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
Captain Hook
Peter Pan
The Darling Children
The Crocodile
Wendy Moira Angela Darling

Coin Specifications:

Country of Issue: Isle of Man
Diameter: 27.3mm
Weight: 8g
Metal: Cupro-Nickel
Finish: Circulating
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Whitehouse - A Michael Gem

Whitehouse - A Michael Gem

17.00

The Whitehouse mansion house and estate, in Michael Parish on the Isle of Man, has a very interesting history. The author, assisted by Doug Bolton, shares the story of the farm, the mansion house, the people who lived and worked there, the gardens and the archaeology of the Whitehouse estate.

Intriguing tales of a Water-baliff, Deemsters with links to other important estates, the Cannell, Heywood, Wilks and Taubman families, Captain John Quilliam, Evan Gell - a brewery owner who became one of the Island's leading Farmers, Joseph Mylchreest - the Diamond King, Anne and Doug Bolton and others all feature in this account
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Memorable Isle of Man TT Races - A Century of Battles on the World's Toughest Circuit

Memorable Isle of Man TT Races - A Century of Battles on the World's Toughest Circuit

20.00

Historic, wildly dangerous, nerve-wracking, heroic and uniquely thrilling, the Isle of Man TT is one of the greatest sporting events in the world. Featuring input from past and present riders, TT teams, manufacturers and fans alike, James Driver-Fisher reveals why the Isle of Man's greatest ever races mean so much to so many TT devotees.

The entire history of the races, from the first battle in 1907 through to the summer of 2019, is covered, focusing on an expert selection of the most memorable events of all. Famous road racers relive the closest of victories and heart-breaking defeats. Unbelievable comebacks from legendary riders sit alongside race weeks when records have tumbled, and events when the biggest names have first burst on to the scene.

As well as the inside view from those directly involved in the thrills and spills, Memorable Isle of Man TT Races also draws on the memories and expertise of diehard fans who have grown up with TT in their blood - vividly bringing to life the iconic races' atmosphere through the years.
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Classic TT Racers - The Grand Prix Years 1949 - 1976

Classic TT Racers - The Grand Prix Years 1949 - 1976

25.00

At 10 o'clock on the twenty-eighth of May 1907 the first Isle of Man Tourist Trophy motorcycle road race began. The riders pushed off on their 500cc single cylinder bikes and ten laps and 158 miles later, Charlie Collier aboard a Matchless would be declared the victor. This book is a history and celebration of the bikes of those early years of the TT races and includes:

The events and personalities that led to the creation of the race and its challenging course

The early success of the British motorcycle manufacturers: Norton, Velocette, AJS and Matchless and their riders

The origins of the Italian Fours: Gilera and MV Agusta Quattro

The influence and reign of the Japanese manufacturers: Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki

Details of the technical developments that enabled the bikes to conquer the mountain course with world-record beating times

105 colour and 52 black & white photographs



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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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Best Selling Items

Lighting the Manx Coast

Lighting the Manx Coast

18.00

There is no more a place that is so hostile to mariners than the south-east coast of the Isle of Man, where the pitiful wind howls and the tide runs at six miles per hour. Many a sorrowful story is told of vessels tossed by the wild waves upon the cruel, sharp-edged rocks of Langness. Here at the Island’s southernmost point the cruel sea has taken countless men to a watery graves.

This book is mixed with bravery and with sorrow; the publication covers many of the main ship disasters of this wild coast, the construction of Langness lighthouse and the various lighthouses built on the Calf of Mann and the new Chicken Rock lighthouse. It is a story also of how a vigorously hard-fought twenty-year campaign by the inhabitants of Castletown, its High Bailiff and agent for the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, led to improved lighting on the Isle of Man’s most dangerous shore.
find out more

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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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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Isle of Man - Ellan Vannin Deluxe 2020 Wall Calendar

Isle of Man -  Ellan Vannin Deluxe 2020 Wall Calendar

Powering to the Rescue

Powering to the Rescue

21.50

A history of RNLI motor lifeboats.

The story of the motor lifeboat is one of continual development, the implementation of technological advances, improvements in design and construction, and the provision of ever faster and more sophisticated rescue craft to keep the volunteer crews of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution safe as they go about the task of saving lives at sea.

This comprehensive volume provides details of every RNLI motor lifeboat that has seen service in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The individual lifeboat types are described in detail, with the text accompanied by numerous diagrams and line drawings, as well as outstanding and unusual photographs, many of which have never been published before.
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Shutter Speed Calendar 2020

Shutter Speed Calendar 2020

5.99

This calendar is the work of renowned TT photographer Dave Collister and captures 12 dramatic TT scenes. The calendar runs from January 2020 - December 2020


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Classic TT Racers - The Grand Prix Years 1949 - 1976

Classic TT Racers - The Grand Prix Years 1949 - 1976

25.00

At 10 o'clock on the twenty-eighth of May 1907 the first Isle of Man Tourist Trophy motorcycle road race began. The riders pushed off on their 500cc single cylinder bikes and ten laps and 158 miles later, Charlie Collier aboard a Matchless would be declared the victor. This book is a history and celebration of the bikes of those early years of the TT races and includes:

The events and personalities that led to the creation of the race and its challenging course

The early success of the British motorcycle manufacturers: Norton, Velocette, AJS and Matchless and their riders

The origins of the Italian Fours: Gilera and MV Agusta Quattro

The influence and reign of the Japanese manufacturers: Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki

Details of the technical developments that enabled the bikes to conquer the mountain course with world-record beating times

105 colour and 52 black & white photographs



find out more

Living With the Sea - The Fascinating History of Port St Mary and its People

Living With the Sea - The Fascinating History of Port St Mary and its People

18.95

If you live by the sea you get to know it as a partner, adapting to its moods, from calm sunny days to furious stormy nights. Throughout its history, the people of Port St Mary - known locally as Purt Le Moirrey - have lived by and with the sea. It has provided them with a living, from fishing to shipbuilding to tourism. Without the sea, the village would not exist. The sea in question is the Irish Sea, in which the Isle of Man sits at the centre. From Port St Mary, you can look across to England and Wales, and from its neighbouring twin, Port Erin, you can see the Mountains of Mourne in Northern Ireland.

This book, written by a team of ten volunteer authors who love Port St Mary, trace its fascinating history from 1829, when it depended entirely on fishing and farming, to 1979, the Millennium Year when the Isle of Man celebrated one thousand years of continuing independent government, the oldest in the world.

This is the story of a port and its people, from school teachers to shopkeepers, from boarding house owners to World War II German internees, from nurses to those who travelled the world by sea. It begins at a time when few people owned land and transport was primitive; moves on to the great days of herring fishing, with a 100+ strong fleet, the harbours bustling with fisher folk, gutter girls, kipper curers and ship builders; and through to the development of tourism and its glory days spanning the 1920s to the 1960s.

It’s a story which has universal significance, demonstrating how independent-minded people in a small place lived with the sea, made a living from it, and rode its changing moods.
find out more

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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Ghosts, Bugganes and Fairy Pigs - Karl Roeder's Manx Notes & Queries

Ghosts, Bugganes and Fairy Pigs -  Karl Roeder's Manx Notes & Queries

12.00

This book offers one of the richest sources of traditional tales from the Isle of Man, including fairies, bugganes, ghosts, giants, witches and so much more.

Collected over a hundred years ago by Karl Roeder, it is reprinted here for the first time since 1904 and now includes exciting additional material.
Stories include the origins of Hunt the Wren, the murdered witch of Slieu Whallian, and perhaps the Isle of Man's oldest UFO sighting.

The book is one of the richest sources of traditional tales from the Isle of Man, much of which was gathered from Edward Faragher - 'Ned Beg Hom Ruy' - the legendary poet of Cregneash.

As well as folklore, it contains fascinating pieces on history, language, literature and other things of Manx interest, as well as some more theoretical discussions of Manx matters unmatched then or since.

All of it has been faithfully transcribed and introduced by Stephen Miller, whose knowledge of the material is second to none.
Anyone interested in the Isle of Man will find this book enormously fascinating and endlessly rewarding.

find out more

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.
find out more

Visions of Mann Square Calendar 2020

Visions of Mann Square Calendar 2020

4.99

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