CANCELLED: Author Talk: Andrew Phillips, ‘Colchester in the Great War’

Sorry this event has been cancelled due to ill health.
Wednesday 15th February
6.30 – 8.00 pm

Leading Colchester historian Andrew Phillips will be here to talk about his new book ‘Colchester in the Great War’.

Refreshments will be provided.

This is a free event but our space is limited so please get in touch to book your seat.

email us@redlionbooks.co.uk or phone 01206 578584

About ‘Colchester in the Great War’

COLCHESTERINGREATWARFew towns equalled Colchester in their role in the Great War. In this expert account, Colchester historian Andrew Phillips records four of the most dramatic years in the town’s history. Over 10 per cent of Colchester’s adult men died in the conflict, the highest in eastern England and twice the national average. The garrison was Headquarters of Eastern Region and supplied many of the men who prevented the early defeat of France. The town then became a training area for at least 100,000 recruits. While training, guns on the Western Front could often be heard. At times Colchester’s civilian population of 40,000 was equalled by 40,000 troops, who often billeted with local families or housed in large tent cities. Soon thousands of requisitioned horses, trucks, artillery pieces and munitions were also assembled in the town.

As the war took its deadly toll, Colchester became one vast hospital as the wounded arrived by train. An enlarged garrison hospital, an enlarged civilian hospital and six Red Cross Hospitals nursed at least 110,000 men.
Published by Pen & Sword, paperback £12.99.

Book Launch: Liz Trenow – The Silk Weaver

Come and join us to celebrate the launch of Liz Trenow’s new novel

‘The Silk Weaver’

Wednesday 1st February: 6.30 – 8.30 pm

There will be a short talk from Liz, book signing, drinks and nibbles.

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Since turning to writing fiction five years ago, Colchester’s Liz Trenow quickly established herself as a successful novelist, now translated and published around the world.

Brought up in a house next to the family silk mill in Suffolk her books regularly draw on her passion for silk and textiles for their background themes. But is her skill at creating strong characters and engrossing human dramas that make her books so readable.

We are delighted to welcome Liz back to Red Lion Books for the launch her new book.

About ‘The Silk Weaver’

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1760, Spitalfields, London.

Anna Butterfield’s life changes forever as she moves from her idyllic Suffolk home to be into London society. A chance encounter with a Henri, French silk weaver, draws her in to the volatile world of the city’s burgeoning silk trade. Henri is working on his ‘master piece’, to become a master weaver and freeman. Anna, struggling against family pressure to marry a wealthy young lawyer, longs to become an artist.

Henri realises that Anna’s designs could give them both an opportunity for freedom. But his world becomes more dangerous by the day, as riots threaten to tear them apart forever . . .

Inspired by real historical events and characters, The Silk Weaver is a captivating, unforgettable story of illicit romance in a time of enlightenment and social upheaval.

Win tickets for the family to see Dick Whittington at the Mercury Theatre!

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Yes, we have four tickets to see the brilliant pantomime, Dick Whittington at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester. Please note that the tickets will be for the matinee performance on New Year’s Eve at 3 pm.

To enter all you need to do is answer the following simple question.

Why did Dick Whittington travel to London? Was it…

  1. To search for his lost cat.
  2. To see if the streets were paved with Gold.
  3. To see Big Ben.

The winner will be the first correct answer drawn out of the hat on 18th December. Just drop into the shop for an entry form or you can enter by emailing us@redlionbooks.co.uk with your answer.

Good luck

‘Study of Birds’ by Sara Napoletani

heronWe are pleased to be hosting an exhibition of new pictures by Sara Napoletani.  This collection of bird pictures have all been painted over the summer and autumn of 2016 and this is the first time they have been on show. Mostly finely painted water colours, save for two large and dramatic pictures in egg tempera, these pictures all reflect Sara’s recently developed endeavour to capture the spirit of birds in flight.

The exhibition continues through December and into the New Year.

On Saturday afternoon November 26th Sara will be in the shop 2.30 – 3.30 so do come along to meet her and find out more about her art.

 

 

 

Civilised Saturday – 26th November

Black Friday (25th November) is the day so many retailers seem to celebrate now. Imported here from America, you’ve probably seen the clips of shoppers shouting, stampeding and even fighting to be first to the pile of cut price, flat screen TV’s.

Civilised Saturday is the book trade’s antidote so join us on Saturday 26th November for a truly civilised shopping experience.

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On Saturday 26th November Red Lion Books will be at your beck and call for a civilised shopping experience. Your book wish will be our command. Pull up a chair, let us pour you a sherry and relax into some Christmas shopping.

Slippers are optional.

We will also be welcoming the new art exhibition STUDY OF BIRDS by local artist Sara E Napoletani who will be in the shop 2.30 – 3.30 pm.

If you are able, email us beforehand with a list of people you would like to buy for.   We can provide you with book suggestions or prepare a basket of books to be waiting for you.

Help us help you by telling us about the recipient, either by their relationship to you or their interest.

Of course , all our customers are civilised and most welcome to join us on the 26th November or during our normal opening hours of Monday – Saturday 9.00 am – 5.30 pm

Relationship:

Mother, Father, Grandparent, New Parent, Aunt, Uncle, Baby, Toddler, Little person, Teen, Teacher, Childminder, Friend, Best friend, Scientist, Gardener, Astronaut, Chef, Mixologist, Sister, Brother, In-Laws, Out-laws, Cousin, Partner, Dog Walker, Fish feeder

Interest:

Architecture, Art, Adventure, Battles, Bees, Birds, Boats, Books about books, Cathedrals, Classic Fiction, Comedy, Crafts, Crime, Culture, Dogs, Fashion, Food & Drink, History, Humour, Knitting, Language, Literary Fiction, Maps, Memoirs, Mindfulness, Nature, Philosophy, Plants, Poetry, Politics, Quizzer, Railways, Science, Ships, Travel, Trees, Wildlife, Wizards, Writers, Writing