Book of the Week, March 24th 2018

What's Next? What Scientists Can Tell us about our Future.

Jim Al-Khalili

What's Next? What Scientists Can Tell us about our Future.

Jim Al-Khalili

It’s hard to believe that next year it will be 50 years since men first walked on the surface of the moon. People watching those historic images all those years ago might have imagined that 50 years later space travel would be routine.  But is has remained the stuff of science fiction. So, what can … Continue reading Book of the Week, March 24th 2018

It’s hard to believe that next year it will be 50 years since men first walked on the surface of the moon. People watching those historic images all those years ago might have imagined that 50 years later space travel would be routine.  But is has remained the stuff of science fiction. So, what can science really predict about the future now? In this book a group of leading scientists look into their crystal balls and tell us what to expect.

Our planet now faces many problems like climate change, population growth and pollution. The question is, will science manage to provide the solutions?

The treatment of many genetic disorders will soon become possible through genetic engineering. Improvements in machine learning will accelerate the development of artificial intelligence leading to driverless cars, and ‘smart cities’. Developments in energy production and storage technology will end our reliance on oil and gas. And revolutionary changes in agriculture and food production will support a steadily increasing world population. In the last chapter Jim Al-Khalili himself looks at those staples of science fiction, asking could time travel and even teleportation be possible?

‘Out of the Hedgerow’ – an exhibition of paintings by Emma Wren

  Quirky seagulls, flamboyant hummingbirds, charismatic hares and stunning meadow flowers make up the latest collection from Essex Artist Emma Wren, now showing in our gallery space downstairs. Created with inks and vivid watercolours, Emma’s contemporary vibrant paintings and Giclée prints capture these wild characters in their natural surroundings. Growing up in Norfolk, Emma spent … Continue reading ‘Out of the Hedgerow’ – an exhibition of paintings by Emma Wren

 

Quirky seagulls, flamboyant hummingbirds, charismatic hares and stunning meadow flowers make up the latest collection from Essex Artist Emma Wren, now showing in our gallery space downstairs. Created with inks and vivid watercolours, Emma’s contemporary vibrant paintings and Giclée prints capture these wild characters in their natural surroundings.

Growing up in Norfolk, Emma spent hours sketching on her Dad’s fruit farm, capturing the colours of the hedgerows and flowers in the fields. This passion for drawing stayed with her and led her to pursue Textile design at Winchester school of art. Colour, experimental textures and drawing were always the watch words in her collections. Upon obtaining her degree, Emma began her career in a London studio, designing printed textiles, cards and giftware. After several years of producing purely handcrafted work, Emma retrained using CAD programs and worked as a freelance Magazine designer on various glossy titles.

After a short career break to bring up her 2 children, Emma has returned to her first love of drawing and painting. She now lives with her family in Colchester and paints from her home studio.

The exhibition can be viewed throughout April.

Book of the Week, March 17th. 2018

Prostitution in Victorian Colchester

Jane Pearson and Maria Rayner

Prostitution in Victorian Colchester

Jane Pearson and Maria Rayner

In the mid nineteenth century the army camp was built just outside Colchester and soon it was the largest garrison in the country. The town benefitted from an economic boom but with It came problems. There was drunkenness, brawling and, with only 7% of soldiers allowed to marry, prostitution rocketed.  Colchester’s existing red-light district could … Continue reading Book of the Week, March 17th. 2018

In the mid nineteenth century the army camp was built just outside Colchester and soon it was the largest garrison in the country. The town benefitted from an economic boom but with It came problems. There was drunkenness, brawling and, with only 7% of soldiers allowed to marry, prostitution rocketed.  Colchester’s existing red-light district could not cope. The ladies of the night spread all over town.  Records show that half the pubs and beer houses were associated with prostitution. And outside town into the countryside –  the expression police had for those activities in places like Abbey Field was ‘flattening the corn’!

A report in 1857 recorded the number of soldiers incapacitated by an ‘insanitary condition’ across the country. Colchester Garrison came bottom of the table with almost half soldiers at some time hospitalised – the equivalent of the loss of two regiments.

This fascinating and well researched book looks in detail at the lives of some of the 350 women working as prostitutes at the time and explores the medical, religious and social impact on the life of Victorian Colchester.

University of Hertfordshire Press, paperback £18.99

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A big thank you to all our wonderful customers. We have enjoyed sharing our enthusiasm for books with you and been overwhelmed by the expressions of support and congratulations we’ve received. We’re so pleased now just to be ‘in the mix’ for the National Award along with the other regional winners all of them fantastic, dedicated, characterful shops serving their communities with passion and creativity.  

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We’ve just heard that we are the winning shop in the South East region for the 2018 Independent Bookshop of the Year Award and we’re thrilled! – thanks to all our wonderful customers, the support from some great authors and the publishers who have worked with us so helpfully.

 

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Shortlisted for Independent Bookshop of the Year Award – South East Region!

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We are thrilled to be on the short list for the Independent Bookshop of the Year Award 2018, South East region. We are proud to have served the booklovers of the area for another year. Now, you, our customers, have the chance to say what you think of us!
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