Book Launch: Sarah Armstrong, ‘The Devil in the Snow’

Wednesday 22nd February

6.30 – 8.30 pm

We are very pleased to welcome Colchester author, Sarah Armstrong back to Red Lion Books for the launch of her second novel. Sarah will talk about the book and her writing.

Drinks and nibbles will be available.

DEVIL SNOW

‘The Devil in the Snow’ is the story of Shona who wants to free herself of Maynard, the ex, who is still living in the house. When her teenage daughter goes missing, she’s certain Maynard is the culprit. Her Mother is obsessed with the Devil, Uncle Jimmy is fresh out of prison and has never been entirely straight with her.

And then there is a shaman living in the shed!

Shona soon discovers that the secrets she buried are as dangerous as the family curse haunting her mother.

Paperback £8.99.

 

 

SARAHARMSTRONG

Sarah’s short stories have been published in magazines and anthologies.

For many years she has taught creative writing for the Open University as well as being tutor for writing classes held here in the shop.

CANCELLED: Author Talk: Andrew Phillips, ‘Colchester in the Great War’

Sorry this event has been cancelled due to ill health.
Wednesday 15th February
6.30 – 8.00 pm

Leading Colchester historian Andrew Phillips will be here to talk about his new book ‘Colchester in the Great War’.

Refreshments will be provided.

This is a free event but our space is limited so please get in touch to book your seat.

email us@redlionbooks.co.uk or phone 01206 578584

About ‘Colchester in the Great War’

COLCHESTERINGREATWARFew towns equalled Colchester in their role in the Great War. In this expert account, Colchester historian Andrew Phillips records four of the most dramatic years in the town’s history. Over 10 per cent of Colchester’s adult men died in the conflict, the highest in eastern England and twice the national average. The garrison was Headquarters of Eastern Region and supplied many of the men who prevented the early defeat of France. The town then became a training area for at least 100,000 recruits. While training, guns on the Western Front could often be heard. At times Colchester’s civilian population of 40,000 was equalled by 40,000 troops, who often billeted with local families or housed in large tent cities. Soon thousands of requisitioned horses, trucks, artillery pieces and munitions were also assembled in the town.

As the war took its deadly toll, Colchester became one vast hospital as the wounded arrived by train. An enlarged garrison hospital, an enlarged civilian hospital and six Red Cross Hospitals nursed at least 110,000 men.
Published by Pen & Sword, paperback £12.99.

Book Launch: Liz Trenow – The Silk Weaver

Come and join us to celebrate the launch of Liz Trenow’s new novel

‘The Silk Weaver’

Wednesday 1st February: 6.30 – 8.30 pm

There will be a short talk from Liz, book signing, drinks and nibbles.

liztrenow

Since turning to writing fiction five years ago, Colchester’s Liz Trenow quickly established herself as a successful novelist, now translated and published around the world.

Brought up in a house next to the family silk mill in Suffolk her books regularly draw on her passion for silk and textiles for their background themes. But is her skill at creating strong characters and engrossing human dramas that make her books so readable.

We are delighted to welcome Liz back to Red Lion Books for the launch her new book.

About ‘The Silk Weaver’

silkweaver

1760, Spitalfields, London.

Anna Butterfield’s life changes forever as she moves from her idyllic Suffolk home to be into London society. A chance encounter with a Henri, French silk weaver, draws her in to the volatile world of the city’s burgeoning silk trade. Henri is working on his ‘master piece’, to become a master weaver and freeman. Anna, struggling against family pressure to marry a wealthy young lawyer, longs to become an artist.

Henri realises that Anna’s designs could give them both an opportunity for freedom. But his world becomes more dangerous by the day, as riots threaten to tear them apart forever . . .

Inspired by real historical events and characters, The Silk Weaver is a captivating, unforgettable story of illicit romance in a time of enlightenment and social upheaval.

Civilised Saturday – 26th November

Black Friday (25th November) is the day so many retailers seem to celebrate now. Imported here from America, you’ve probably seen the clips of shoppers shouting, stampeding and even fighting to be first to the pile of cut price, flat screen TV’s.

Civilised Saturday is the book trade’s antidote so join us on Saturday 26th November for a truly civilised shopping experience.

civilised-saturday

On Saturday 26th November Red Lion Books will be at your beck and call for a civilised shopping experience. Your book wish will be our command. Pull up a chair, let us pour you a sherry and relax into some Christmas shopping.

Slippers are optional.

We will also be welcoming the new art exhibition STUDY OF BIRDS by local artist Sara E Napoletani who will be in the shop 2.30 – 3.30 pm.

If you are able, email us beforehand with a list of people you would like to buy for.   We can provide you with book suggestions or prepare a basket of books to be waiting for you.

Help us help you by telling us about the recipient, either by their relationship to you or their interest.

Of course , all our customers are civilised and most welcome to join us on the 26th November or during our normal opening hours of Monday – Saturday 9.00 am – 5.30 pm

Relationship:

Mother, Father, Grandparent, New Parent, Aunt, Uncle, Baby, Toddler, Little person, Teen, Teacher, Childminder, Friend, Best friend, Scientist, Gardener, Astronaut, Chef, Mixologist, Sister, Brother, In-Laws, Out-laws, Cousin, Partner, Dog Walker, Fish feeder

Interest:

Architecture, Art, Adventure, Battles, Bees, Birds, Boats, Books about books, Cathedrals, Classic Fiction, Comedy, Crafts, Crime, Culture, Dogs, Fashion, Food & Drink, History, Humour, Knitting, Language, Literary Fiction, Maps, Memoirs, Mindfulness, Nature, Philosophy, Plants, Poetry, Politics, Quizzer, Railways, Science, Ships, Travel, Trees, Wildlife, Wizards, Writers, Writing

Meet Natasha Pulley, author of ‘The Watchmaker of Filigree Street’

Wednesday 28th September at 5.30 pm

We are really pleased to have Natasha Pulley drop in to the shop for an informal talk and conversation about her brilliant first novel, ‘The Watchmaker of Filigree Street’ which has quickly become an award winning international bestseller.

About the book

watchmakerIn 1883, Thaniel Steepleton returns to his tiny flat to find a gold pocketwatch on his pillow. He is a telegraphist at the Home Office, which has just received a bomb threat. When the watch saves Thaniel’s life in a blast that destroys Scotland Yard, he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori – a kind, lonely immigrant who sweeps him into a new world of clockwork and music.

Although Mori seems harmless at first, a chain of unexpected slips soon proves that he must be hiding something. Meanwhile, Grace Carrow is sneaking into an Oxford library dressed as a man. A theoretical physicist, she is desperate to prove the existence of the luminiferous ether before her mother can force her to marry.

As the lives of these three characters become entwined, Thaniel is torn between loyalties, futures and opposing geniuses. Utterly beguiling, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street blends historical events with dazzling flights of fancy to plunge readers into a strange and magical past, where time, destiny, genius – and a clockwork octopus – collide.

‘The Watchmaker of Filigree Street’ is available in paperback at £7.99.

Book Launch: ‘Katharina Luther: Nun, Wife, Rebel’ by Anne Boileau

Tuesday 11th October at 7.30 pm

Come and join us to celebrate the launch of a new novel which tells the fascinating but little known story of Katharina, wife of Martin Luther.

katharina

On 31st October 1517, Martin Luther pinned ninety-five theses on the Castle Church door, Wittenberg, criticizing the Church of Rome; they were printed and published by Lucas Cranach and caused a storm. Nine young nuns, intoxicated by Luther’s subversive writings, became restless and longed to leave their convent. On Good Friday 1523 a haulier smuggled them out hidden in empty herring barrels. Five of them settled in Wittenberg, the very eye of the storm, and one of them – Katharina von Bora – scandalised the world by marrying the revolutionary former monk. Following a near miscarriage, she is confined to her bed to await the birth of their first child; during this time, she sets down her own story. Against a backdrop of 16th Century Europe this vivid account of Katharina von Bora’s early life brings to the spotlight this spirited and courageous woman.

Anne Boileau grew up on a small farm in rural Suffolk and has an affinity with its ancient landscape, its history and wildlife. She studied German in Munich and worked as translator, interpreter and language teacher before returning to University to study for a BSc. She translates German poetry into English and her own poems have appeared in many anthologies. Awards include: Second prize in the George Crabbe Competition 2012, third prize 2014 and First Prize in the Grey Hen Poetry Competition 2016. Her poetry collection Shoal Moon was published by Grey Hen Press in 2014.

Katharina Luther is published in paperback by Clink Press price £8.99.