Essex Book Festival 2020 programme announced.

We have brochures in the shop with full details of the exciting events running across Essex throughout March 2020

We have brochures in the shop with full details of the exciting events running across Essex throughout March 2020

Seas and Fantasies

an exhibition of paintings by Allan Price “Seas and Fantasies” is the second exhibition from Allan Price, which brings him back to Red Lion Books. Allan was born in Cheshunt and grew up in Birmingham where he embarked on his career as an engineer. He had always enjoyed art (both seeing and doing), but only … Continue reading Seas and Fantasies

an exhibition of paintings by Allan Price

“Seas and Fantasies” is the second exhibition from Allan Price, which brings him back to Red Lion Books.

Allan was born in Cheshunt and grew up in Birmingham where he embarked on his career as an engineer. He had always enjoyed art (both seeing and doing), but only in recent years has he picked up his paints and brushes as a committed, if part-time, artist. He prefers to work with acrylic or watercolours.

Allan has lived in Colchester since 2015, and is married to local radio presenter/producer, Liz Mullen. The proximity of Mersea Island soon proved an inspiration, but so have other watery locations, from the Firth Of Clyde to Norfolk, Northumbria and Northern Ireland. This exhibition also includes the second in his occasional series of wrecked rowing boats: “Abandoned – Reclaimed”

Allan has benefitted from the support of artists Angella Horner (founder of Colchester’s CO3 Gallery) and Sally Delaney – whose life drawing classes at Firstsite have also helped to improve his techniques and expand his horizons. As Engineering & Facilities Manager of a pharmaceutical company, Allan brings an engineer’s eye to his more draughtsman-like fantasies, nicknamed Geo-Doodles.

Yet again, Allan is enormously grateful to Jo Coldwell and Red Lion Books for giving him this opportunity.

There will be a Private View of the exhibition on Saturday 18th January from 2 – 3 pm. All are welcome to this opportunity to meet the artist.

The exhibition will continue through to the end of January.

Book of the Week, December 14th 2019

Scotland Yard Quiz Book

Sinclair McKay

Scotland Yard Quiz Book

Sinclair McKay

The Metropolitan Police Force was established in 1829 and its headquarters at Scotland Yard was soon renowned around the world for ground breaking criminology and detection techniques. Crime fiction from writers like Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie stimulated an insatiable appetite fascination for the crime solving exploits of their detective heroes. But what does it … Continue reading Book of the Week, December 14th 2019

The Metropolitan Police Force was established in 1829 and its headquarters at Scotland Yard was soon renowned around the world for ground breaking criminology and detection techniques.

Crime fiction from writers like Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie stimulated an insatiable appetite fascination for the crime solving exploits of their detective heroes.

But what does it take to become a top detective? And how well would you do?

This book contains a wide ranging of selection puzzles, conundrums and brain teasers that will test the most dedicated amateur sleuth.

Some of the staples of crime fiction are explored; the country house murder, the locked room mystery, the death on a train. Included are vintage questions taken from actual detective’s exam papers back in the 1930’s.

Accounts of real cases introduce each chapter and alongside the puzzles are fascinating insights about the history of Scotland Yard and the changing nature of policing.

Headline paperback, £12.99

Book of the Week, December 7th 2019

Colchester's Secret Roman River

Ken Rickwood

Colchester's Secret Roman River

Ken Rickwood

From its source in Willow Wood, Great Tey to Fingringhoe where it joins the River Colne, Roman River flows through 12 miles of flatlands, carving a narrow, deep sided valley. Stone age axe heads and tools show how long the area has been inhabited. Later, fortified with earthen dykes, it became the stronghold of Cunobelin … Continue reading Book of the Week, December 7th 2019

From its source in Willow Wood, Great Tey to Fingringhoe where it joins the River Colne, Roman River flows through 12 miles of flatlands, carving a narrow, deep sided valley. Stone age axe heads and tools show how long the area has been inhabited. Later, fortified with earthen dykes, it became the stronghold of Cunobelin and the most significant settlement in pre-Roman Britain.

The book is wide ranging. How otters, once almost extinct, have returned to the river, helped by habitat improvements. How local Civil engineer, Peter Bruff built the monumental Chappell Viaduct – with 32 arches and over 7 million bricks.

Ken Rickwood has been exploring Roman River for over 50 years. He is the perfect guide, always exploring to rediscover some long overgrown boundary stone or carved OS bench mark. He brings great love for our local countryside and enormous historical knowledge to describe the course of this small but important river.

Daid Cleeland, paperback, £10.00

Book of the Week, Noember 30th 2019

The Twele Birds of Christmas

Stephen Moss

The Twele Birds of Christmas

Stephen Moss

‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ first appeared in print in a children’s book of rhymes in 1780 though it’s origins date back much further. In twelve fascinating chapters this book explores the history, culture, folklore and behaviour of birds that feature in this popular carol. The noisy honking and whirring wings of geese flying low … Continue reading Book of the Week, Noember 30th 2019

‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ first appeared in print in a children’s book of rhymes in 1780 though it’s origins date back much further.

In twelve fascinating chapters this book explores the history, culture, folklore and behaviour of birds that feature in this popular carol.

The noisy honking and whirring wings of geese flying low overhead make a thrilling spectacle. For the Romans, Geese were sacred creatures living in the temple of Juno while their strong wing feathers were made into quills – even used to write the Dead sea scrolls.

The Turtle dove is a symbol of love and fidelity –   Aphrodite, Greek Goddess of Love, was pulled through the skies in her chariot by two turtle doves. Disappointingly, there is no evidence that these birds are actually monogamous and more sadly, with numbers declining rapidly they are soon likely to disappear from this country.

A perfect stocking filler for bird lovers.

Vintage hardback. £12.99