Events

Meet the Author: Julie Newman, ‘The Kindness of Strangers’.

Come and meet author, Julie Newman

Saturday 28th April at 11 am

Come and meet local author, Julie Newman as she discusses her new novel, ‘The Kindness of Strangers’ 

Deception abounds in this breath-taking new novel. Widow Helen is desperate for a perfect family life, and will do everything she can to get what she wants. A veteran of the Afghanistan conflict Martin is adrift and seemingly without hope – can he ever win back his estranged family? Pregnant teenager Charley is striking out on her own to create a new life for her unborn child, but her mother Lizzie has other ideas.

When three seemingly disparate lives connect, the past and the present collide to reveal secrets, lies and how far people are willing to go to hide the truth. Following the gripping and controversial Beware the Cuckoo, Julie Newman’s thrilling new novel lifts the lid on the dark past that haunts a seemingly happy household.

Paperback, £8.99. Refreshments will be available.

This is a free event but space is limited so please rsvp to us@redlionbooks to reserve your place.

Daytime Book Club

This month we are discussing TRUMAN CAPOTE ‘BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S’ which can be purchased at Red Lion Books with £2 off the rrp.

Enjoy a good cup of coffee and a cake specially baked to reflect the book of the month!

This is a pre-bookable and pre-payable event.   £10 payment includes coffee / tea, homemade cake and a £5 book voucher to spend in the shop.

Spaces are limited. To reserve your place please rsvp to us@redlionbooks.co.uk or pop into the shop with payment.

Jane’s Walk ending at Red Lion Books with James Henry, author of ‘BLACKWATER’ at 4.30pm

Saturday May 5th at 4.30 pm

JANE’S WALK 10: ‘Inspired in Colchester’ – a trail celebrating writing set in and around Colchester through the ages, hearing stories in the streets where they were set.

To finish in RED LION BOOKS with a talk by JAMES HENRY at 4.30 pm.

About the book.

January 1983, Blackwater Estuary

A new year brings a new danger to the Essex shoreline. An illicit shipment, bound for Colchester – 100 kilograms of powder that will frantically accelerate tensions in the historic town, and leave its own murderous trace.

Lowry, Kenton and Gabriel must now develop a tolerance to one another, and show their own substance, to save Britain’s oldest settlement from a new, unsettling enemy.

 

 

This Janes Walk is led by Colchester author, Alex Clare.   MEET: 3pm at the Town Hall (1.5 hrs)

ACCESS: This walk is all on pavements/ paths with one small step up, plus a couple of medium-steep slopes. There will be regular rest points for readings and to collect writing prompts, most with benches, and an opportunity to use public toilets. We estimate the walk to be approximately three-quarters of a mile.

Find out more about the 2018 Colchester Jane’s Walks here

This is a free event and there is no limit on spaces for the walk but spaces for the James Henry talk are limited so please rsvp to us@redlionbooks.co.uk to reserve your place.

Book Launch: Cold Sunflowers by Mark Sippings

May 12th at 11 am

MARK SIPPINGS ‘COLD SUNFLOWERS’

Come and meet local author Mark Sippings  who will be at Red Lion Books to talk about his novel ‘Cold Sunflowers’.

About the Book

‘Everything happens for a reason.’ It’s 1972. Raymond Mann is seventeen. He is fearful of life and can’t get off buses. He says his prayers every night and spends too much time in his room. He meets Ernest Gardiner, a gentleman in his seventies who’s become tired of living and misses the days of chivalry and honour. Together they discover a love of sunflowers and stars, and help each other learn to love the world. Ernest recounts his experiences of 1917 war-torn France where he served as a photographer in the trenches … of his first love, Mira, and how his life was saved by his friend Bill, a hardened soldier. But all is not as it seems, and there is one more secret that will change Raymond’s life for ever. Cold Sunflowers is a story of love. All love. But most of all it’s about the love of life and the need to cherish every moment. Find out more about the book and its author, Mark Sippings, at www.coldsunflowers.co.uk.

This is a free event but spaces are limited so please rsvp to us@redlionbooks.co.uk to reserve your place

 

Author Talk – Emma Healey

 Emma Healey ‘Whistle in the Dark’

 Monday 21st, 10.30am

We are thrilled to welcome Emma Healey, author of the Costa Award winning ‘Elizabeth is Missing’, back to Red Lion Books to talk about her new novel ‘Whistle in the Dark’

About the book.

How do you rescue someone who has already been found? Jen’s fifteen-year-old daughter goes missing for four agonizing days. When Lana is found, unharmed, in the middle of the desolate countryside, everyone thinks the worst is over.

But Lana refuses to tell anyone what happened, and the police think the case is closed. The once-happy, loving family returns to London, where things start to fall apart. Lana begins acting strangely: refusing to go to school and sleeping with the light on.

With her daughter increasingly becoming a stranger, Jen is sure the answer lies in those four missing days. But will Lana ever reveal what happened?’ This novel is a beautiful and rare thing’ Kate Hamer ‘Healey is a natural storyteller’ Claire Fuller’ I don’t know anyone else who writes like this’ Jane Corry

We are still finalising details of this event. It is in conjunction with the DAYTIME BOOK CLUB and charges may apply.  

Please  rsvp us@redlionbooks.co.uk for more information

WorldMakers: Three Poets at Red Lion Books

Monday 21st, 6.30pm

WORLDMAKERS: Poetry at Red Lion Books

 

The award-winning Pavilion Press series from Liverpool University Press has published three new poetry collections, approaching the making and unmaking of the world through architecture, landscapes and alternative futures.  Hear the WORLDMAKERS reading their work at Red Lion Books on

Monday 21st, 6.30pm

WORLDMAKERS: Poetry at Red Lion Books

 Monday 21st May at 6.30 pm

The award-winning Pavilion Press series from Liverpool University Press has recently published three new poetry collections, approaching the making and unmaking of the world through architecture, landscapes and alternative futures. 

Hear the WORLDMAKERS reading their work at Red Lion Books on Monday 21st May at 6.30p.

The featured poets are….

EMILY HASLER with her debut collection, THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT,

New Zealand poet, ALICE MILLER whose second collection, is ‘NOWHERE NEARER’

and SARAH CORBETT with her fifth volume of poetry, ‘A PERFECT MIRROR’ 

           

This is a free event but spaces are limited so please rsvp to us@redlionbooks.co.uk to reserve your place