Exhibition: Picture Books by Lee Thomas

We are very pleased to welcome Lee Thomas  back to our gallery with ‘Picture Books’, a collection of artworks inspired by books. Lee has been working on this project for  the  last two months. He enlisted the help of our book-loving customers who suggested  favourite book titles, characters or scenes to spark his imagination. The … Continue reading Exhibition: Picture Books by Lee Thomas

We are very pleased to welcome Lee Thomas  back to our gallery with ‘Picture Books’, a collection of artworks inspired by books.

Moby Dick by Herman Melvillle

Lee has been working on this project for  the  last two months. He enlisted the help of our book-loving customers who suggested  favourite book titles, characters or scenes to spark his imagination. The result is wonderfully varied and colourful collection of pictures, each inspired by a book

A Zoo in my Luggage by Gerald Durrell

 

Lee Thomas is a creative artist, graphic designer, illustrator and photographer based in Colchester. Find out more about Lee and his work here.  

 

All the prints in the exhibition are available framed for £45.00. The related books are displayed alongside the art and with Christmas coming consider a gift with a difference – we can gift wrap a book and its picture together for £50.00.

 

Meet the Artist

Wednesday 6th December will be the first of our December late opening evenings.  Lee will be on hand to tell you more about his work and the ‘Picture Book’ project.

 

Pssssst….don’t forget children’s book clubs on Saturday!

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.

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.

Book of the Week, November 11th, 2017

Women and Power: A Manifesto

Mary Beard

Women and Power: A Manifesto

Mary Beard

Well known historian, author and TV presenter, Mary Beard has been very public about the sexist abuse and trolling she has been victim of on social media. In this short but powerful book she calmly traces the gender agenda back to classical times showing ‘how deeply embedded in western culture are the mechanisms that silence … Continue reading Book of the Week, November 11th, 2017

Well known historian, author and TV presenter, Mary Beard has been very public about the sexist abuse and trolling she has been victim of on social media. In this short but powerful book she calmly traces the gender agenda back to classical times showing ‘how deeply embedded in western culture are the mechanisms that silence women’

 

She starts with Homer’s Odyssey, written 3,000 years ago. Telemarchus, son of Odysseus, while still a young lad, sends his mother, Penelope, upstairs to her quarters and to her weaving loom, saying ‘speech will be the business of men’. Then there is Io who is turned into a cow and can say nothing but ‘moo,’ and the nymph, Echo, is punished so that her voice only ever repeats the words of others.

 

It is a pattern of male dominance of the public political arena that has persisted ever since.

 

Looking at strong women in history from Elizabeth 1st to Margaret Thatcher, Mary Beard analyses how far we have come and what still needs to change for women to be free to claim full equality.

Penguin, Hardback £7.99.

Book of the Week, November 4th, 2017

Bad Dad

David Walliams

Bad Dad

David Walliams

Frank’s Dad, Gilbert, is a racing car driver. But it’s not a Ferrari he drives. He races a battered, old, souped up mini in special races for old bangers. Known as ‘King of the Track’ for his fearless driving, Gilbert is a local hero, winning race after race and young Frank worships his Dad.  One … Continue reading Book of the Week, November 4th, 2017

Frank’s Dad, Gilbert, is a racing car driver. But it’s not a Ferrari he drives. He races a battered, old, souped up mini in special races for old bangers. Known as ‘King of the Track’ for his fearless driving, Gilbert is a local hero, winning race after race and young Frank worships his Dad.  One night there is a crash on the race track, Gilbert is badly injured and when finally leaves hospital three months later it is with a wooden leg.

With his racing days are over, the money stops coming in and month by month, debt collectors strip the house of TV, toys and even Frank’s bed.

Gilbert falls in with the local crime boss, Mr Big, who is actually pretty small, smokes a fat cigar and wears silk pyjamas whatever the time of day or night. Eventually, Frank and his Dad join forces in a dangerous game to expose the dastardly villain.

Told with his usual verve and humour this is another winning tale from the pen of David Walliams, now the country’s bestselling children’s writer.

HarperCollins, Hardback, £12.99

Book of the Week, October 28th 2017

La Belle Sauvage

Phillip Pullman

La Belle Sauvage

Phillip Pullman

Fans of Pullman’s ‘His Dark Materials’ trilogy, have been waiting for this for over fifteen years and they won’t be disappointed.  The epic tale opens at ‘The Trout’, a rambling stone-built Inn on the banks of the Thames outside Oxford. There, the landlord’s son, eleven-year-old Michael Polstead, enjoys his life, helping look after the guests … Continue reading Book of the Week, October 28th 2017

Fans of Pullman’s ‘His Dark Materials’ trilogy, have been waiting for this for over fifteen years and they won’t be disappointed.

 The epic tale opens at ‘The Trout’, a rambling stone-built Inn on the banks of the Thames outside Oxford. There, the landlord’s son, eleven-year-old Michael Polstead, enjoys his life, helping look after the guests and exploring the river in his canoe, La Belle Sauvage.

Across the river stands a Priory where Michael runs errands for the kindly nuns who are also looking after a six-month old baby girl. Her name is Lyra, heroine of the earlier books. 

But behind the scenes the power of a sinister religious organization is growing and Michael’s school falls under the influence of the fascist movement’s youth wing. 

When a plot is uncovered that endangers Lyra, it falls to Michael and his friend Alice to protect the baby. Drawn deep into a world of danger and intrigue, they set off in Michael’s canoe to save Lyra.  

As dark forces build power and influence, they face a giant, ghosts and witches in this exciting adventure.

Penguin, Hardback, £20.00

Book of the Week, October 21st 2017

The Silent Companions

Laura Purcell

The Silent Companions

Laura Purcell

It is 1865 and all seems well for Elsie when she marries a wealthy businessman. But a month later her new husband is dead and she is pregnant. She heads out to his family’s country estate to rest …. but rest is not what she finds! The house turns out to be a crumbling Jacobean … Continue reading Book of the Week, October 21st 2017

It is 1865 and all seems well for Elsie when she marries a wealthy businessman. But a month later her new husband is dead and she is pregnant. She heads out to his family’s country estate to rest …. but rest is not what she finds!

The house turns out to be a crumbling Jacobean mansion, perpetually shrouded with mist. The servants are distrustful and the local villagers are scared of the place, believing it to be cursed.

Hidden away in a locked room, up little used flight of stairs, Elsie discover a two-hundred-year-old diary and a strangely unsettling life size painted wooden figure with an uncanny resemblance to Elsie herself. The diary tells of the mysterious origins of the figure – and others like it that have been gathering dust since the time of Charles 1st

A sense of foreboding pervades this novel as mysteries multiply and the wooden figures – the ‘silent companions’ appear to have a life of their own.

This spooky tale is by a bright new Colchester author.

Hardback, Raven Books, £12.99