Book of the Week, July 15th 2017

Battlefield Essex

Andrew Summers and John Debenham

Battlefield Essex

Andrew Summers and John Debenham

Through history Essex has been the scene of many battles and this book documents the many different kinds of conflicts that have taken place in our county. There was, of course, Boudicca’s legendary revolt against the might of Rome. After the sacking and burning of Colchester she headed off down the A12 (or its equivalent) … Continue reading Book of the Week, July 15th 2017

Through history Essex has been the scene of many battles and this book documents the many different kinds of conflicts that have taken place in our county.

There was, of course, Boudicca’s legendary revolt against the might of Rome. After the sacking and burning of Colchester she headed off down the A12 (or its equivalent) with a growing army to give London the same treatment. The Peasants Revolt of 1381 and the Siege of Colchester during the Civil War are featured, but it is the many less well-known slices of history that make the book so interesting. The Battle of Maldon in August 991 saw the Anglo Saxons crushed by the Viking invaders who had already attacked Ipswich with their fleet of 90 ships. It is described in a remarkable Anglo Saxon poem.

Also covered are more recent and, fortunately, less bloody battles. Like the ‘mods and rockers’ bank holiday clashes at Clacton in the sixties and the ‘Battle of Brightlingsea’ in the nineties when protesters attempted to block the export of live animals to the continent.

There is plenty in this book to inform and entertain anyone with an interest in the fascinating history of Essex.

Paperback, price £8.99

Art Exhibition: Paintings by Sophie Gidlow

The current exhibition in our downstairs gallery features a range of paintings by Sophie Gidlow. The exhibition will run through to the end of July. I am an Essex based artist and educator, having trained at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design London. My practice comprises of paintings and drawings of both abstract and … Continue reading Art Exhibition: Paintings by Sophie Gidlow

The current exhibition in our downstairs gallery features a range of paintings by Sophie Gidlow. The exhibition will run through to the end of July.

I am an Essex based artist and educator, having trained at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design London. My practice comprises of paintings and drawings of both abstract and realistic art, however, I am currently concentrating more on abstract design.

I predominantly use acrylic as its fast-drying, versatile qualities ideally suit my way of working. It is left for the viewer to draw their own conclusions as to the context behind my work; I like to allow personal meaning for all.

Like other contemporary artists, I am interested in how the inner emotions of the painter are reflected in their work and find it an ideal medium to express my own mood and sentiments. The design and colour choice of a piece often take me back to the emotions I was feeling at the time the painting was created.

I am inspired by my surroundings, my loved ones and my life experiences, all of which significantly influence my work.

Additionally, I greatly enjoy teaching art to young adults and children, bringing years of experience in both private tutoring and teaching and supporting students in Secondary Schools and Sixth Form colleges.

Book Launch: ‘The Bag’ by D J Cattrell

Saturday 15th, July 3.15 pm Following the success of his first book ‘The Bucket’ a couple of years ago, we are delighted to welcome D J Cattrell  back to Red Lion Books to launch the follow up. ‘The Bag’ is an exciting adventure, featuring sisters, Rachel and Sarah, and a wicked witch called Esmeralda. Sarah’s bag attracts the attention of Esmeralda and … Continue reading Book Launch: ‘The Bag’ by D J Cattrell

Saturday 15th, July 3.15 pm

Following the success of his first book ‘The Bucket’ a couple of years ago, we are delighted to welcome D J Cattrell  back to Red Lion Books to launch the follow up.

‘The Bag’ is an exciting adventure, featuring sisters, Rachel and Sarah, and a wicked witch called Esmeralda.

Sarah’s bag attracts the attention of Esmeralda and becomes part of her evil plans.

The action crosses boundaries between different worlds as Sarah realises that her precious bag contains more than she realises.

‘The Bag’ is a magical tale aimed at 8 – 12 year olds.

It is published in paperback price £8.99.

About the author:

D.J. Cattrell trained as a psychiatric nurse, then as a psychotherapist. He left that world to act as main carer for his terminally ill mother, then acquired a degree in performing arts. He helped create and run the New Route Theatre Company, championing new writing and giving aspiring actors new works to try and trained others in international negotiation skills. He has written plays in various genres as well as articles on the world of biodiesel and the relevance of Shakespeare within modern day management and business.

He now devotes his time to writing for children, running a small business, looking after his ageing horse, deaf cat, wife and two children.

Book of the Week, July 8th 2017

Believe Me

Eddie Izzard

Believe Me

Eddie Izzard

For a man who has captivated audiences around the world as an entertainer, who became a pilot to conquer his fear of flying and who has run 27 marathons in 27 days, it is surprising to find out that Eddie Izzard describes himself as naturally boring! In this autobiography there are plenty of laughs and … Continue reading Book of the Week, July 8th 2017

For a man who has captivated audiences around the world as an entertainer, who became a pilot to conquer his fear of flying and who has run 27 marathons in 27 days, it is surprising to find out that Eddie Izzard describes himself as naturally boring!

In this autobiography there are plenty of laughs and humorous incidents but also a very honest account of his troubled upbringing. His mother died when he was just six years old and he marks this as the moment his childhood ended. Unhappy years followed at boarding school, where the most important lesson he learnt was that to survive you must not cry. As a teenager his ambition to entertain grew and at 15 he broke into Pinewood studios just to see behind the scenes, half hoping that he might be spotted by a director looking for someone to play the part of a suspicious looking youth!

Grit and determination to succeed saw him through the long lean years of his early career and more recently have seen him become a key figure in the gender debate and a political activist. Whatever Eddie Izard may say his life story is never boring!

Book of the Week, July 1st 2017

Ancient Wonderings

James Canton

Ancient Wonderings

James Canton

Behind the walls of a private estate north of Aberdeen stands an ancient pictish stone. The stone is carved with an inscription in a mysterious lettering that has never been deciphered. A mystery that all the learning of the 21st century cannot translate. For James Canton this stone represents an irresistible attraction. What hands carved … Continue reading Book of the Week, July 1st 2017

Behind the walls of a private estate north of Aberdeen stands an ancient pictish stone. The stone is carved with an inscription in a mysterious lettering that has never been deciphered. A mystery that all the learning of the 21st century cannot translate. For James Canton this stone represents an irresistible attraction. What hands carved these words? And why? He undertakes a trip North to try to understand what moved the hearts and minds of our prehistoric ancestors. It becomes the start of a series of journeys through the British landscape as James explores what flint axes, stone circles and buried treasure might reveal about the way of life of those that lived so long ago.

And so the quest develops to understand what our modern landscape can reveal about the past. It stretches from bronze age mummies buried in the Outer Hebrides to walking the Peddars Way through the Norfolk countryside. The result is a rich mix of history, archaeology and literary insight strung together with descriptions of the landscape and personal reflections that makes this a distinctive and satisfying read.