Monthly Archives: October 2015

Wednesday 4th Nov. 6.30pm. Captain Cooks Merchant Ships: a talk by author, Stephen Baines.

Wednesday 4th November at 6.30pm


A fascinating historical talk about the ships Cook sailed on.

Aboard the Endeavour, Captain Cook’s famous voyages of exploration and discovery in the COOKPacific are well known. But during his career Captain Cook sailed with eight different ships which began their lives as merchant vessels. Using contemporary sources this gripping narrative fills a gap in Cook history and catches the exciting, violent, gossipy but little known period through which these ships sailed between the old world and the new.

Find out who John Evelyn, the diarist, thought was a worse tenant than Admiral Benbow. Why the Marquis of Granby was depicted without a wig and the reason a ship was named Freelove!

Just published, ‘Captain Cook’s Merchant Ships’ is a detailed illustrated history of the ships Cook sailed in. It places them in the personal, political, social and religious context of the times and so provides an intriguing window into the eighteenth century.

Stephen Baines, who has lived in Colchester for many years comes from a family of mariners and has had a long career teaching and researching maritime history.

Join the Big Bookshop Party on 10th October

There will be surprises in store on Saturday 10th October as the Big Bookshop Party gets under way. There will be balloons and colouring sheets, drinks and biscuits. Try our Lucky Dip where everyone is a winner with the chance to leave the shop with a mystery book. We have some exclusive, limited edition, Grayson Perry designed bags for customers to buy and a children’s bag designed by best selling author and illustrator, Lauren Child. And there will be the chance for customers to share their favourite Desert Island Reads online with the hashtag #desertislandreads.

Watch Elys paint a giant picture on the window!


We’ll be welcoming children’s author and illustrator, Elys Doran, to the shop for the Big Bookshop Party. She’s written some pretty amazing books – our favourite is  ‘Weasels’, a tale of how the dastardly plot for world domination by a group of evil Weasels is foiled! Full of character and humour her picture books are funny and original. Elys is planning to bring her stories to life with a giant sized painting on our front window. Do come and meet her.