Temporary closure of Red Lion Books

We are still taking orders WE CAN DELIVERY NATIONALLY Email is the only way to contact us at present us@redlionbooks.co.uk We can accept the National Book Tokens Delivery is £1.50 or free for orders over £20 We are introducing an online shop – please be patient with us We are looking at ways to host … Continue reading Temporary closure of Red Lion Books

  • We are still taking orders
  • WE CAN DELIVERY NATIONALLY
  • Email is the only way to contact us at present us@redlionbooks.co.uk
  • We can accept the National Book Tokens
  • Delivery is £1.50 or free for orders over £20
  • We are introducing an online shop – please be patient with us
  • We are looking at ways to host online book clubs
  • We are setting up monthly subscription packages
  • We are using social media, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

22nd March 2020

Dear Customers

We look forward to seeing you all again post coronavirus

Every day the situation has been changing and we have been constantly reviewing how Red Lion Books should react. Now, due to the accelerating spread of coronavirus, from Monday 23rd March we will be closing the shop.

We love to see our shop full and we know how much visiting the shop to browse and buy means to our customers. Your support over the last couple of weeks has been exceptional. But the shop is a small enclosed space and it is impossible to practise appropriate social distancing. So, for the health and safety of our staff, customers and the wider community our doors will be closed until the situation eases.

If you have an order with us, please email us@redlionbooks.co.uk or ring us on 01206 578584 to arrange a convenient time for you to collect or for us to deliver.

We are planning to maintain our customer order service and working to find the best ways for us to supply books to you while the shop is closed as well as online book clubs.

We are also setting up monthly subscription packages, please email us to let us know if this is of interest using reference SUBSCRIPTION

We aim to keep in touch through social media with updates and with news of new releases. Please email us with any requests you have to us@redlionbooks.co.uk

We thank you for your overwhelming support to date and send you our very best and heartfelt wishes.  Keep safe.

Please be patient with us!

Please be patient with us!

We love our customers as much as we love our books which is why we have spent over 4 decades welcoming you through our doors. During this strange and unprecedented period, we are looking at ways to make our website more interactive – until everybody is safe to visit us again. It may take some … Continue reading Please be patient with us!

We love our customers as much as we love our books which is why we have spent over 4 decades welcoming you through our doors. During this strange and unprecedented period, we are looking at ways to make our website more interactive – until everybody is safe to visit us again. It may take some … Continue reading Please be patient with us!

We love our customers as much as we love our books which is why we have spent over 4 decades welcoming you through our doors.

During this strange and unprecedented period, we are looking at ways to make our website more interactive – until everybody is safe to visit us again.

It may take some time! Until then please email us at us@redlionbooks.co.uk with any requests and keep popping back here to see how we are getting on.

The Mirror and the Light

Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel

The long-awaited sequel to Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, the stunning conclusion to Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall trilogy. ‘If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?’ England, May 1536. Anne Boleyn is dead, decapitated in the space of a heartbeat by a hired French executioner. … Continue reading The Mirror and the Light

The long-awaited sequel to Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, the stunning conclusion to Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall trilogy. ‘If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?’ England, May 1536. Anne Boleyn is dead, decapitated in the space of a heartbeat by a hired French executioner.

As her remains are bundled into oblivion, Thomas Cromwell breakfasts with the victors. The blacksmith’s son from Putney emerges from the spring’s bloodbath to continue his climb to power and wealth, while his formidable master, Henry VIII, settles to short-lived happiness with his third queen, Jane Seymour. Cromwell is a man with only his wits to rely on; he has no great family to back him, no private army.

Despite rebellion at home, traitors plotting abroad and the threat of invasion testing Henry’s regime to breaking point, Cromwell’s robust imagination sees a new country in the mirror of the future. But can a nation, or a person, shed the past like a skin? Do the dead continually unbury themselves? What will you do, the Spanish ambassador asks Cromwell, when the king turns on you, as sooner or later he turns on everyone close to him? With The Mirror and the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man’s vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage.

Harper Collins hardback rrp £25.00 our price £22.00

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

Charlie Mackesy

Charlie Mackesy

Charlie Mackesy, was an artist, cartoonist and book illustrator when he first started posting a series of unique drawings on Instagram. They highlighted simple truths – like the courage it can take to ask for help or the importance of taking that first step to a distant destination. The drawings became an online sensation shared … Continue reading The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

Charlie Mackesy, was an artist, cartoonist and book illustrator when he first started posting a series of unique drawings on Instagram. They highlighted simple truths – like the courage it can take to ask for help or the importance of taking that first step to a distant destination. The drawings became an online sensation shared around the world and have now been developed into chart topping book.

Through these beautifully illustrated pages, four friends – a boy, a mole, a fox and a horse share their observations of life from different perspectives. Direct, wise and startlingly original they embody a straightforward approach to living that cuts through the confusion of modern life.

The themes of generosity, kindness, courage, hope and humour shine through in these simple exchanges.

The book is for everyone from eight of eighty and is to be dipped into anywhere, anytime.

Ebury hardback, £16.99.

Virus update. We are still open.

As the Covid-19 situation escalates here is an update to let you know how Red Lion Books is approaching the many and rapidly changing challenges posed by the virus. Of primary concern is, of course, the health of our customers and our booksellers as well as the wider community. Like everyone, we’ve stepped up all … Continue reading Virus update. We are still open.

As the Covid-19 situation escalates here is an update to let you know how Red Lion Books is approaching the many and rapidly changing challenges posed by the virus.

Of primary concern is, of course, the health of our customers and our booksellers as well as the wider community. Like everyone, we’ve stepped up all of our internal cleaning procedures, regularly sanitising surfaces such as counters, computer keyboards, doors and payment equipment.    

As long as it is possible, we will keep our doors open and welcome customers to our shop.  Face to face contact with our customers and personal service is so important to our independent bookselling style, and so, with these extra precautions in place, for now we remain open as usual for you to come for advice, recommendations and to browse and (we hope) buy!

Our event space downstairs is small and enclosed and so reluctantly, we have had to cancel events scheduled for March including our ‘Local Authors Evening’ on Wednesday 18th which we know many people were looking forward to.

 If you are self-isolating at home, because you are unwell yourself or out of concern for others, we are able to deliver books to your home. If you live in or close to Colchester we are setting up a bicycle courier service to hand deliver your orders. And we have a ‘direct from the warehouse’ home delivery system which can send books to anywhere in the country quickly and cheaply.

Our website includes descriptions of many books including small scale local interest titles. It does not currently include a complete searchable database. But we do have quick access to around half a million titles so please ring or email with your requests.

We thank all our customers for the amazing support you have given us through the 40 plus years we have been selling books in Colchester. And we thank you for your continuing support which will help see us through these difficult and confusing times.