Yes, our children’s book clubs meet again on Saturday afternoon so get in touch if you’d like to join in.   Children’s Book Group at is at 3 pm and the Young Adult Book Group at 2 pm.

Street Hunt: Explore Colchester, have fun, win money!

Get the book, check the clues and start hunting!

Win up to £10,000! Street Hunt is a kind of visual crossword puzzle, a treasure hunt where the riches are road names, a story emerging from the page: and your chance to win up to £10,000!

The treasure hunt book project has been put together by Colchester Arts Centre working with artist, Joshua Sofaer. A poem has been written with words from Colchester road names. A book of photographs shows the street signs and their surroundings but with the names removed. You have to work out what the streets are, using the emerging story of the poem to help you. The first person to submit a correctly completed book with all the right answers wins. The prize is the total cash fund of the amalgamated book sales with a guaranteed minimum of £1,000 and a maximum of £10,000 if all the books printed are sold. The more money we receive the bigger the prize pot gets. Books are available from midday on Saturday 16th September 2017 at Red Lion Books, 125 High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1SZ. Find out more here.  

A look ahead at some new books published in September

Here is a section of titles that caught Sarah’s eye while browsing the Autumn catalogues. They are all scheduled to hit the shelves during September.

 Air Force Blue   by  Patrick Bishop

A very readable history of the RAF. Patrick Bishop tells the stories of individual pilots, through their letters and diaries and interviews. It is more than the air force history in WW2. It is the story from the Chief of the Air Staff, the pilots, engineers. The story of the battles, the tactics, the Spitfires and the Bombers. The triumphs and disasters and the terrible cost borne by the young pilots.

HarperCollins Hardback price £20.00.


Books That Changed History

A selection of 75 books dating from 3000BCE to the present day. The books, the stories behind them, and why are they so important? Are we in the swansong of books, I hope not? Or will the physical books continue to change the world?

 

Dorling Kindersley Hardback,  price £20.00.


Little Big Things  by Henry Fraser

On a holiday with his friends 17 year old Henry Fraser dived into the sea. He never walked again, he was paralysed from shoulder down. His remarkable account of how he is living his life now with optimism and enjoyment. An inspirational and hugely impressive young man. He leads his life determined that ‘every day is a good day’.

Orion Hardback, £12.99

 


Entitled by  Chris Bryant

How did a bunch of greedy, powerful, corrupt, arrogant bunch of aristocrats end up owning most of our nation? A fascinating and entertaining history of the British aristocracy.

 

Doubleday Hardback, £25.00

 


 Inkspired  by  Betty Soldi

‘Home-made’ is on increasingly popular, and now ‘home written’ is given a fresh make-over. This book gives techniques to make even the most unsure to have confidence to put pen to paper. The results could surprise. ‘It all starts with ink’.

 

Kyle Books, paperback, £16.99


Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre

A new Smiley spy story.

What a fantastic prospect.

 

Viking hardback, £20.00

 


 RHS Encyclopedia of Garden Design  by  Chris Young

New and expanded edition of this classic. For any aspiring gardener, this is the way to transform your outdoors. Plenty inspirational ideas and a lot of hard work. But it should be worth it.

 

Dorling Kindersley hardback, £30.00

 


Seagull by Ann Cleaves

Vera, the scruffy Yorkshire detective, meets an old adversary. He opens up a whole can of worms. The past comes to bump into the present with bodies turning up. Vera has her work cut out to disentangle all the threads.

 

Pan Macmillan hardback, £16.99


Spook Street  by Mick Herron

Mike Herron’s group of dysfunctional spies contain some memorable characters chiefly their boss, Jackson Lamb. Shot through with humour and cynicism and also manages to tell a fast-moving complex spy story. Jackson Lamb and his bunch of misfits are one step ahead as the story develops.

 

John Murray paperback, £7.99


 

 

 

 

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.

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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’

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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.