Book of the Week, September 15th 2018

Wildfire

Ann Cleeves

Wildfire

Ann Cleeves

Boosted by the popular tv series, DI Jimmy Perez has become one of the country’s favourite detectives as he confronts the criminal underworld in the beautiful isolated landscapes of the Shetland Isles. Wild Fire is the eighth and final novel in the Shetland series and it opens with an English family, recently moved up from … Continue reading Book of the Week, September 15th 2018

Boosted by the popular tv series, DI Jimmy Perez has become one of the country’s favourite detectives as he confronts the criminal underworld in the beautiful isolated landscapes of the Shetland Isles.

Wild Fire is the eighth and final novel in the Shetland series and it opens with an English family, recently moved up from London, who have bought and renovated old crofting buildings in the remote northern end of the island. As a designer using Shetland wools for her high fashion garments, Helena Fleming has built a reputation for herself but she and her family are still treated with as outsiders in a small tight knit community.

Jimmy Perez is called in when her 11-year-old son discovers the body of their neighbour’s young nanny hanging from the beams in their derelict barn. Among the suspects are some strong characters with plausible motives and dark secrets and it needs Perez’s good sense and local knowledge to uncover the truth in this intense drama of fractured family relationships.

Book of the Week, September 8th 2018

The Ghost Tree

Barbara Erskine

The Ghost Tree

Barbara Erskine

Anyone starting to explore their family tree has to be prepared for a surprise or two but it’s not often that a ghost turns up when researching the ancestors. This is what happens to Ruth when she returns to Edinburgh to sort out the family home after the death of her father.  Inside a box … Continue reading Book of the Week, September 8th 2018

Anyone starting to explore their family tree has to be prepared for a surprise or two but it’s not often that a ghost turns up when researching the ancestors. This is what happens to Ruth when she returns to Edinburgh to sort out the family home after the death of her father.  Inside a box of dusty family papers she finds the diary of 18th century ancestor, Thomas Erskine. In later life he was to become Lord Chancellor, but as a young man travelled the world as a sailor. It becomes clear that on one voyage Thomas made a very powerful enemy who was to haunt him to the end of his days….and beyond. As Ruth immerses herself in his story she herself seems to attract the attention of a strange and terrifying presence.

Barbara Erskine has a large following in the area from the days when she used to live close to Colchester and all those who like her unique mix of history and the supernatural will not want to miss this enthralling novel.

HarperCollins, hardback £14.99

Book of the Week, September 1st 2018

I am the Seed that Grew the Tree

Fiona Waters (editor)

I am the Seed that Grew the Tree

Fiona Waters (editor)

This is a collection of 366 nature poems for children – one for every day of the year, including leap years. The poems range across all styles and ages from William Blake and Shakespeare through to current poet laureate, Carol Anne Duffy and rasta dub poet, Benjamin Zephaniah. There are poems of the sea and … Continue reading Book of the Week, September 1st 2018

This is a collection of 366 nature poems for children – one for every day of the year, including leap years. The poems range across all styles and ages from William Blake and Shakespeare through to current poet laureate, Carol Anne Duffy and rasta dub poet, Benjamin Zephaniah. There are poems of the sea and the forest, of crows and caterpillars, moonlight and mice.

Every page features Frann Preston-Gannon’s startlingly beautiful illustrations from colourful springtime flowers to misty November mornings and snowy winter landscapes.

The title is the first line of a short poem by Judith Nicholls, which reads

I am the seed

that grew the tree

that gave the wood

to make the page

to fill the book

with poetry.

 

Share a poem at the start of every day or at bedtime or just dip into it when the mood is right, this is simply the most glorious collection of poetry we have seen in a long time.

Nosy Crow, hardback, £25.00

Backyard Artists Autumn Exhibition

Private view on Wednesday 12th September  6 – 8 pm all welcome. We are really pleased to welcome back to Red Lion Books this talented group of local artists who have been working and exhibiting together now for over 20 years. The current exhibition includes photography, paintings, ceramics sculpture and glasswork to give a snapshot … Continue reading Backyard Artists Autumn Exhibition

Private view on Wednesday 12th September  6 – 8 pm all welcome.

We are really pleased to welcome back to Red Lion Books this talented group of local artists who have been working and exhibiting together now for over 20 years.

The current exhibition includes photography, paintings, ceramics sculpture and glasswork to give a snapshot of the range, style and quality of artistic expression that we have come to expect from the wonderful Backyard Artists.

The Backyard Artists have shown together for the last twenty five years.

The group began following a conversation round a kitchen table in Rowhedge back in the early 1990’s when a number of people living in the village became aware of each other’s work and arranged an exhibition in the garden of Quay House.

The group have exhibited in David’s garden almost every summer since then and this summer’s 25th exhibition was the final one in the garden. The group will continue to show work together in other venues across North Essex and Suffolk as we have done for a number of years.

The Backyard Artists have very different backgrounds. Some are self-taught, others have art school training or have worked professionally in graphic design, photography and printing.

 

 

Book of the Week, August 25th 2018

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Yuval Noah Harari

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Yuval Noah Harari

Harari’s book ‘Sapiens’, published five years ago, is a roller coaster ride through the whole history of humankind. It has become the bestselling non-fiction title of recent times and Ridley Scott is planning an adaption for a TV series. In this new book Harari looks at the greatest challenges and choices currently facing us. Despite … Continue reading Book of the Week, August 25th 2018

Harari’s book ‘Sapiens’, published five years ago, is a roller coaster ride through the whole history of humankind. It has become the bestselling non-fiction title of recent times and Ridley Scott is planning an adaption for a TV series. In this new book Harari looks at the greatest challenges and choices currently facing us. Despite enormous cultural diversity, all nations, rich and poor, are now linked into the same global civilisation. To solve the world’s problems, whether it be inequality, climate change, terrorism, or refugees and mass migration, an international perspective is needed.

On politics he explores the recent rise of popular nationalism and fake news. He examines the role of religion as it fades in the light of science yet still has the power to inspire humanity and charity but also terrorism.

He draws on everything from classic texts to Disney’s Lion King to make his points and the result is a bold and original analysis of mankind’s current problems.

Jonathan Cape hardback, £18.99

Book of the Week. August 18th 2018

Essex Clay

Andrew Motion

Essex Clay

Andrew Motion

Andrew Motion, UK Poet Laureate, 1999 – 2009, was brought up in a small village near Braintree. It was those years of roaming in the fields around the flint church and the curling River Blackwater that awakened his love of language and poetry. Now in his sixties he has recently moved to live and work … Continue reading Book of the Week. August 18th 2018

Andrew Motion, UK Poet Laureate, 1999 – 2009, was brought up in a small village near Braintree. It was those years of roaming in the fields around the flint church and the curling River Blackwater that awakened his love of language and poetry. Now in his sixties he has recently moved to live and work in the United States and it is from this perspective of time and distance that he looks back to some of the events that shaped him as man and as a poet.

Essex Clay is an extended verse memoir. He recalls how, aged 17, he heard the news of a terrible riding accident that befell his mother, leaving her in a coma for many years. He writes about the death of his father many years later and about the beginnings of a youthful love affair.

Illness, loss and grief are not easy subjects but these sharply detailed poems have a grace and intensity that is gripping and powerful.

Faber hardback,  £14.99