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Our Events

Our events programme moved online for the last eighteen months but once again we are now preparing to welcome you back to physical events at the shop. Events will be posted below as they are announced.

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Monthly Writer’s Club
Pay What You Can
Last Saturday of the Month

Red Lion Books
125 High Street

Death Club
…because it’s good to find time to talk
Sunday, 25th February, 10.30am

Offsite. Please confirm location

Monthly event – Daytime Book Club:
11.30am at various venues

Red Lion Books
125 High Street

Author Talk
Annabel Abbs
2nd March, 11am
Discussing non fiction book ‘Sleepless’

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are a place to share your enthusiasm for books and reading. We host a range of book clubs for adults and children.

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We work with local authors in many ways and enjoy supporting the vibrant writing and author community in and around Colchester



What Our Customers Say

At Red Lion Books every customer counts and we will always do our very best to help you find the book that is perfect for you. Here are some reflections from our customers.

Great service ordering my book and calling me when ready for collection. Lovely helpful staff. Highly recommended book store.

Clive Marchant Avatar Clive Marchant

I placed an order online for Kate Morton’s Homecoming signed indie bookshop edition on Friday. I quickly received personal and friendly acknowledgement of my order and it was with me by Monday! Very fast, very well packaged and the book is stunning 😍 thank you so much! If I’m ever in the area, I will definitely pop in for a browse and some new additions to my bookshelf!

Rameez Sa'id Avatar Rameez Sa'id

One of the friendliest independent book shops I've ever been into. The staff are knowledgeable and are able to answer almost any question that you may have (on books at least, I have never challenged them on orthopedic foot care). Beware though, you'll want to buy loads of books!

Phil Hurst Avatar Phil Hurst

Really lovely staff, so friendly, chatty and kind. A huge range of beautiful books, new, old and collectible!

Jess March Avatar Jess March

Lovely shop, came in with my wife, it was our first time in the shop after it being recommended. My wife left happy with lots of new books.

Dan Mcnally Avatar Dan Mcnally

An excellent independent bookshop. It has a rare feature which most indie bookshops don't - it is both immaculately curated and stocks a very wide range of titles. I visited around a dozen indie bookshops across four cities and towns in June, and Red Lion was the only place which stocked most of the recently published fiction by indie presses which I wanted to buy. However, the bookshop really serves the community as a whole, not just literary readers with niche tastes - the A Level core texts are helpfully placed on a separate self and the shop has a wide selection of YA and children's books, as well. A model indie bookshop.

Nailya Shamgunova Avatar Nailya Shamgunova

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