Meet the author: Emily Hauser

Wednesday 13th July, 7 pm

Emily Hauser attended Colchester Royal Grammar School and then went on to study ancient history at Cambridge under Mary Beard. She now teaches and researches at Yale University in the USA. We are really pleased to welcome her to Red Lion Books for the launch of the paperback edition of her first novel, which relates the legendary tale of Troy in a wonderfully original way.

FORTHEMOSTBThree thousand years ago a war took place that gave birth to legends – to Achilles, the greatest of the Greeks, and Hector, prince of Troy. It was a war that shook the very foundations of the world. But what if there was more to this epic conflict? What if there was another, hidden tale of the Trojan War? Now is the time for the women of Troy to tell their story.

Thrillingly imagined and startlingly original, For the Most Beautiful reveals the true story of true for the first time. The story of Krisayis, daughter of the Trojans’ High Priest, and of Briseis, princess of Pedasus, who fight to determine the fate of a city and its people in this ancient time of mischievous gods and mythic heroes. In this novel full of passion and revenge, loyalty and betrayal, bravery and sacrifice, Emily Hauser breathes exhilarating new life into one of the greatest legends of all – in a tale that has waited millennia to be told.

“Brings ancient Troy wildly, raucously, passionately alive.” (Manda Scott, author of Boudica).

This is a free event but numbers are limited so please contact the shop to reserve your ticket.



Bibliotherapy Sessions on Saturday 18th June

PrintTo celebrate INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOP WEEK, Red Lion Books has Eloise, a ‘biblioenthusiast’,  visiting us on Saturday. Eloise is offering 15 minute one-to-one consultations where she will hear your needs, worries and woes (or joys, jokes and japes) and then recommend a book (or books) to suit your mood.

For £15 you will receive your consultation and one of the recommended books as well as a wrapped mystery book (a proof). Oh, and there will be cake.

Spaces are limited so please get in touch with us for available slots.

Come and meet Sarah Winman

Thursday 23rd June 12 noon (referendum day!)

Come and meet Sarah Winman who will be dropping for an informal visit to talk about her latest book ‘A Year of Marvellous Ways’.

MARVELLOUSWAYSMarvellous Ways is eighty-nine years old and has lived alone in a remote Cornish creek for nearly all her life. She’s waiting for something but she’s not sure what. Drake is a young soldier back from the Second World War. His promise to fulfil a dying man’s last wish sees him wash up in the creek, broken in body and spirit and the old woman comes to his aid.

‘A Year of Marvellous Ways’ is the second novel from the author of the international bestseller ‘When God Was a Rabbit’. It is a life-affirming story about the magic in everyday life, the pull of the sea and the healing powers of storytelling.

Meet bestselling author, Simon Scarrrow.

Tuesday 31st May 7.00 – 8.30pm

Come and hear Simon Scarrow talk about his writing career and his most recent book ‘Hearts of Stone’.


Simon Scarrow is a Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author. After a childhood spent travelling the world, he pursued his great love of history as a teacher, before becoming a full-time writer. His Roman soldier heroes Cato and Macro made their debut in 2000 in ‘Under the Eagle’, and have subsequently appeared in many bestsellers in the Eagles of the Empire series. These books follow the exploits of centurions Macro and Cato across the Roman Empire – most recently in Britain holding the line against the native tribes under Kings like Caratacus and inspired by the legendary Druids.

Hearts of Stone is a powerful new novel bringing to vivid life the fierce courage of the men and women of the Greek resistance during World War Two.


1938. A perfect summer on the Greek island of Lefkas for three young people untroubled by the simmering politics of Europe. Peter, visiting from Germany while his father leads an archaeological dig, has become close friends with locals Andreas and Eleni. As the world slides towards conflict and Peter is forced to leave, they swear to meet again.

1943: Andreas and Eleni have joined the partisan forces resisting the German invasion. Peter has returned – now a dangerously well-informed enemy intelligence officer. A friendship formed in peace will turn into a desperate battle between enemies sworn to sacrifice everything for the countries that they love…

Refreshments will be available. – Space is limited and booking is essential.

Call 01206 578584 or email to reserve a ticket.

‘Home and Away’ – an exhibition of paintings by David Britton


David Britton went to Colchester Grammar School and then studied history at New College, Oxford. After a number of years in teaching, trying to fit painting and poetry round the edges, he left teaching to concentrate on art. After some time spent in the, to him, rather alien environment of Sheffield, he is back in his beloved native landscape of north-east Essex, living on Mersea Island and once again creating vast, haunting canvases which capture the big skies and the special play of light on land and water in Essex/Suffolk border country. Since his first one man exhibition at Project B Gallery, Colchester in 1975 David has exhibited widely establishing a reputation as one of our leading local artists.



David’s paintings link the mystical with a response to the natural world, and vary from the concrete and sensual to those he describes as the ‘withdrawn type’, which take off into the infinite.

He says ‘I utterly refuse to be cowed by the political pressures in the various Arts Worlds into doing the kind of work that is found “relevant”. There are legions who say one “can’t”, these days, write a poem about a summer morning, or paint a picture of an Essex barn. These people have to be ignored!’

The exhibition continues until May 11th.