Sat 21st April 3 pm. – Book launch: ‘A Deed Undone’ by Robert Seymour

Saturday 21st April, 3 pm

Robert Seymour, a retired lawyer and judge advocate was a Samaritans volunteer in Colchester for many years. This novel, a thoughtful, gentle thriller, draws on his knowledge of both these worlds. He is the author of two earlier books, entertaining tales based on his early experiences at the Bar.

About ‘A Deed Undone’

In the course of their Samaritans training, Lucy and Gerald come to understand what has brought them to this point in their lives. Gerald’s desire to help others leads him elsewhere, while Lucy starts taking calls, supporting distressed and suicidal people in their time of greatest need. They soon find themselves working together in a race against time to track down Lucy’s friend Alison as she runs, haunted by past events, from herself and her memories.

Robert fell ill while writing this novel and sadly, he died just as its publication date approached. We are pleased now to hold a launch for ‘A Deed Undone’.

Robert’s wife, Jane and editor, Jill Burrows will be on hand to talk about Robert’s aims in writing this book and the valuable work done by the Samaritans.

Paperback £6.9.                                                        Refreshments will be available.

The Little History of Essex: Meet the Author, Judith Williams.

Wednesday April 11th, 6.30 – 7.30 pm

Come and hear local author JUDITH WILLIAMS talk about her latest book THE LITTLE HISTORY OF ESSEX

There’s nothing ‘little’ about the history of Essex! However, this small volume condenses that fascinating and rich history into a collection of stories and facts that will make you marvel at the events our county has witnessed.

Discover the development of shipbuilding at Harwich, the silk and wool industries in central Essex, the fortunes of Chelmsford and Colchester and the rise of seaside resorts at Southend and Clacton


This is a FREE EVENT but space is limited so please contact the shop to reserve your place.


‘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.

Colchester’s Historic High Street

Walking down the High Street, it is the enticing displays in the shop windows and the colourful cafes and restaurants that tend to attract our attention. But look up and you will see some really characterful architecture. In fact, hidden behind some of the rebuilt frontages are centuries old timber framed buildings. This little book peels away the modern facades and allows a glimpse back through the centuries to see what the High Street would have been like a few hundred years ago. The Red Lion Hotel and the George are the most well-known survivors from the period but this book draws on old documents and maps to recreate some lost buildings such as the ancient Moot Hall, and St Runwald’s Church that once stood in the middle of the High Street surrounded by stalls.  Focussing on the period 1100 to 1700 it recreates a High Street that was ‘much more than a thoroughfare; more an external room full of a wide range of activities’. With artisans, merchants and market traders it would have been busy, noisy and, yes, smelly – records show that traders needed regular reminders to clear the dung heaps!

Colchester Civic Society, paperback £4.99

Thank you to all our customers!

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.  

Winner: Independent Bookshop of the Year – South East Region.

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.


You can find out more about the award and all the regional winners here