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Welcome To:   The Lexicon Bookshop

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 is a traditional and friendly independent family owned shop.

We specialise in books, gifts and souvenirs with a local interest. Currently there is a wide range of books in print covering all aspects of life past and present in our beautiful island. In addition, there is an extensive range of DVDs, CDs, calendars, gifts and souvenirs.

In an endeavour to offer some unique items not to be found anywhere else, we originate a large number of our own gifts which are predominantly handcrafted. These ranges include artwork, Christmas decorations, fridge magnets, giftware, glassware, greetings cards, jewellery and jigsaw puzzles. In addition we are an agent for Wrendale Designs by the hugely talented Hannah Dale.

We hope that you enjoy browsing our website and all of the items featured can be purchased by using our secure online store. Alternatively you are more than welcome to contact us by phone (01624 673004) or e-mail (lexicon@manx.net).

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Gura mie ayd / Thankyou

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Isle of Man Outdoor Leisure Map - South

Isle of Man Outdoor Leisure Map - South

5.95

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

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Isle of Man Outdoor Leisure Map - North

Isle of Man Outdoor Leisure Map - North

5.95

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


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Barbed Wire University: The Untold Story of the Interned Jewish Intellectuals Who Turned an Island Prison into the Most Remarkable School in the World

Barbed Wire University: The Untold Story of the Interned Jewish Intellectuals Who Turned an Island Prison into the Most Remarkable School in the World

21.95

THIS TITLE IS CURRENTLY REPRINTING.

This book tells the extraordinary tale of Winston Churchill's internment of some of the most gifted Jewish refugee writers, professors, artists and painters of their generation in a camp on the Isle of Man. These were men who had fled Hitler's Germany, found refuge in Britain and then in the hysteria of 1940 were held in captivity as a perceived security threat. They turned the camp,Camp Hutchinson, into a school, concert hall and artistic community.

Using memoirs and diaries, some of which have only recently become available in archives, Dave Hannigan pieces together a richly detailed account of what these remarkable men did during their time in captivity. This is a forgotten corner of World War II and the way these men constructed a Bohemian idyll in the middle of the Irish Sea, their freedom taken from them, is an extraordinary tale of grit and creativity.

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From Telegraph to Telephone - The Isle of Man Talks to the World

From Telegraph to Telephone - The Isle of Man Talks to the World

18.50

On the 24th May, 1844, the American portrait painter and inventor Samuel Finley Breese Morse took his place in history as the first person in the world to send a telegraph message between two centres of commerce. Thirty-two years later, a young Scottish immigrant by the name of Alexander Graham Bell did even better when he announced to the world that he had invented a superior form of communication that would alter the course of the world forever. How the applicability of electricity to the communication of intelligence developed and how it transformed Manx society is not a story to be told in a few words. It is an unlikely story of how two iconic nineteenth century inventions became the twenty-first century’s most important engine of advancement.
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Castletown Past and Present

Castletown Past and Present

13.95

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

Much has changed, of course, but, as the photographs in this book show, it's often astonishing just how much has remained the same.
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The Chosen

The Chosen

12.99

This is a stunningly full colour illustrated fantasy novel set in various places throughout the Isle of Man and allows the reader to visit many of the island's unique sites as they read Trevor's story.

Trevor Clegg is on a day trip to Blackpool, taking a welcome break from his boring office job. Childhood memories come flooding back when he sees Blackpool Tower: building sandcastles, the donkey rides and, most of all, the trip to the top of Blackpool Tower.

Admiring the wonderful views from the observation deck of the Tower, he hears a flapping noise high above him and trains his binoculars to the spot. He sees a young seagull trapped by its neck in the tower's cables. As an animal lover he feels he has to try to free it. He finds a spiral staircase and climbs the stairs to a higher level, not realising that his life is about to change....and an exciting adventure is about to begin.

The author is a retired animator and painter who has lived on the Isle of Man since 2003 after retiring from a long career in the animation industry. He worked as a Key Animator on films such as The Snowman, Yellow Submarine and The BFG
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Mark Cavendish - Tour de Force - My History Making Tour de France

Mark Cavendish  - Tour de Force - My History Making Tour de France

20.00

'I pulled off my glasses and wiped my eyes. "That was perhaps the last race of my career..."'

Deep down, Mark Cavendish thought he was finished. After illness, setbacks and clinical depression, the once fastest man in the world had been written off by most. And at the age of 36, even he believed his explosive cycling career would fade out with a whimper. The Manxman hadn't won a single Grand Tour stage in Italy, Spain or France since 2016.

But then came his incredible resurrection at the 2021 Tour de France. Included on the Deceuninck Quick-Step team at the very last minute, only after Sam Bennett suffered an injury, Mark set about rewriting history. He claimed back the green jersey he first wore in 2011, and his four stage victories finally saw him matching Belgian legend Eddy Merckx's all-time record of 34 Tour de France stage wins. Cycling greats are never content, and Cav's dogged determination and inner strength had earned him the record that few believed he could ever achieve. This is his own intimate account of that race, right from the saddle of the miracle tour.

Mark Cavendish MBE is widely regarded as the greatest sprinter in the history of cycling and is the 'Tour de France's best sprinter of all time', according to L'Equipe.

Born and raised on the Isle of Man and having experienced early success on the track, 'Cav' joined professional road cycling team T-Mobile in 2006 as a stagiaire. During the 2008 season, he made his first big impact at the grand tours, winning two stages at the Giro d'Italia followed by four victories at the Tour de France at the age of just 22.

Following his early career success, Cav went on to dominate the sport. On the track he became Madison World Champion in 2005, 2008 and 2016 and at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio he represented Great Britain in the Omnium event, winning a silver medal.

On the road, Cav has achieved a phenomenal 52 Grand Tour stage wins, has won points jerseys at all three grand tours and in 2011 won the coveted green jersey at the Tour de France for the first time, as well as becoming UCI Road Race World Champion. His achievements led to him winning BBC Sports Personality of the Year, as well as receiving an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen.

In the summer of 2021 Cav created history - in what many have called the greatest sporting comeback of all time - by equalling Eddy Merckx's long standing record of 34 Tour de France stage wins and winning the green jersey for the second time in his career in the process. He currently rides for UCI World Team Deceuninck-Quick-Step.

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Pioneering Women's Suffrage 140th Anniversary Two Pound Coin Collection

Pioneering Women's Suffrage 140th Anniversary Two Pound Coin Collection

32.00

Country of Issue: Isle of Man
Year of Issue: 2021
Diameter of Coins: 28.4mm
Weight: 12g
Metal: Bi-metal
Finish: Circulating
Denomination: Two Pounds
Number of Coins: Four

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

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

16.95

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

The book is beautifully illustrated throughout with stunning colour images.
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Felicity Wood Viking Shields Oven Glove

Felicity Wood Viking Shields Oven Glove

Wrendale 'Farmyard Friends' 1,000 Piece Jigsaw

Wrendale 'Farmyard Friends' 1,000 Piece Jigsaw

For the Love of Fire

For the Love of Fire

12.99

Murders, riots and rescues are only part of the unique memoirs shared by retired Station Officer Colin Kirkham. Destined to be an arsonist or firefighter he took the legal route to fulfill his passion to 'Dance with the Angels', collecting a lifetime of memories along the way.

This biography follows Colin's journey from probation to retirement, where he 'battles the beast' in two entirely different fire services (Tyne and Wear and the Isle of Man), whilst attending some exceptional incidients not normally encountered by firefighters. Adding an extra dimension to his career, he also spent time as a Special Constable on the Isle of Man.

Recollecting notable fire and police incidents, including a serial killer loose in the community and a devastating motorcycle crash during the TT Races, the stories are told with honesty, emotion and a good dose of humour.
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Snaefell - A Mountain and a Railway

Snaefell - A Mountain and a Railway

14.99

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

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

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

Steam Packet 190

18.95

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

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

Peel Past and Present

13.95

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


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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Prison Governor's Journal

Prison Governor's Journal

17.99

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

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

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

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

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


Illustrated throughout with photographs, verse, drawings and cartoons, this book captures the realities of the prison crisis.
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Best Selling Items

Visions of Mann A4 Calendar 2022

Visions of Mann A4 Calendar 2022

5.99

****SORRY, THIS CALENDAR IS OUT OF STOCK***
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Isle of Man - Ellan Vannin Deluxe 2022 Wall Calendar

Isle of Man -  Ellan Vannin Deluxe 2022 Wall Calendar

5.99

****SORRY, THIS CALENDAR IS OUT OF STOCK***
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Isle of Man TT Calendar 2022 - A Retrospective

Isle of Man TT Calendar 2022 - A Retrospective

5.99

SORRY, THIS CALENDAR IS NOW OUT OF STOCK.
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Douglas In Passing - A Love Story

Douglas In Passing - A Love Story

25.00

***DUE TO THE HUGE DEMAND, THIS BOOK HAS NOW COMPLETELY SOLD OUT AND THE ARTIST HAS NO MORE COPIES LEFT TO SUPPLY US***


This beautiful book includes over 65 splendid atmospheric and evocative paintings by Ian Coulson of surviving old buildings, streets and lanes around Douglas. These are then interwoven with 'historical interludes' by Valerie Cottle which take sideways glances at Douglas' history from the early 19th to the mid-20th centuries recalling the secret life of the town, its buildings, people and stories.

The format is a generous landscape and printed on high-quality, slightly textured paper.

Proceeds from this book will be donated to the Isle of Man Woodland Trust to help accelerate local tree planting to help mitigate against climate change.





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Isle of Man Railways Calendar 2022

Isle of Man Railways Calendar 2022

6.00

****SORRY, THIS CALENDAR IS OUT OF STOCK***
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Castletown Past and Present

Castletown Past and Present

13.95

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

Much has changed, of course, but, as the photographs in this book show, it's often astonishing just how much has remained the same.
find out more

Barbed Wire University: The Untold Story of the Interned Jewish Intellectuals Who Turned an Island Prison into the Most Remarkable School in the World

Barbed Wire University: The Untold Story of the Interned Jewish Intellectuals Who Turned an Island Prison into the Most Remarkable School in the World

21.95

THIS TITLE IS CURRENTLY REPRINTING.

This book tells the extraordinary tale of Winston Churchill's internment of some of the most gifted Jewish refugee writers, professors, artists and painters of their generation in a camp on the Isle of Man. These were men who had fled Hitler's Germany, found refuge in Britain and then in the hysteria of 1940 were held in captivity as a perceived security threat. They turned the camp,Camp Hutchinson, into a school, concert hall and artistic community.

Using memoirs and diaries, some of which have only recently become available in archives, Dave Hannigan pieces together a richly detailed account of what these remarkable men did during their time in captivity. This is a forgotten corner of World War II and the way these men constructed a Bohemian idyll in the middle of the Irish Sea, their freedom taken from them, is an extraordinary tale of grit and creativity.

find out more

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

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

16.95

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

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

Ramsey Swing Bridge 1000 Piece Jigsaw

21.99

Not suitable for children under 36 months.


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Laxey Wheel, Lady Isabella 1000 Piece Jigsaw

Laxey Wheel, Lady Isabella 1000 Piece Jigsaw

21.99

Not suitable for children under 36 months.


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Snaefell - A Mountain and a Railway

Snaefell - A Mountain and a Railway

14.99

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

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

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

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

18.00

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

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


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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Port Erin 1000 Piece Jigsaw

Port Erin 1000 Piece Jigsaw

21.99

Not suitable for children under 36 months.

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