Monthly Archives: June 2016

Meet the author: Emily Hauser

Wednesday 13th July, 7 pm

Emily Hauser attended Colchester Royal Grammar School and then went on to study ancient history at Cambridge under Mary Beard. She now teaches and researches at Yale University in the USA. We are really pleased to welcome her to Red Lion Books for the launch of the paperback edition of her first novel, which relates the legendary tale of Troy in a wonderfully original way.

FORTHEMOSTBThree thousand years ago a war took place that gave birth to legends – to Achilles, the greatest of the Greeks, and Hector, prince of Troy. It was a war that shook the very foundations of the world. But what if there was more to this epic conflict? What if there was another, hidden tale of the Trojan War? Now is the time for the women of Troy to tell their story.

Thrillingly imagined and startlingly original, For the Most Beautiful reveals the true story of Troy for the first time. The story of Krisayis, daughter of the Trojans’ High Priest, and of Briseis, princess of Pedasus, who fight to determine the fate of a city and its people in this ancient time of mischievous gods and mythic heroes. In this novel full of passion and revenge, loyalty and betrayal, bravery and sacrifice, Emily Hauser breathes exhilarating new life into one of the greatest legends of all – in a tale that has waited millennia to be told.

“Brings ancient Troy wildly, raucously, passionately alive.” (Manda Scott, author of Boudica).

This is a free event but numbers are limited so please contact the shop to reserve your ticket.



Bibliotherapy Sessions on Saturday 18th June

PrintTo celebrate INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOP WEEK, Red Lion Books has Eloise, a ‘biblioenthusiast’,  visiting us on Saturday. Eloise is offering 15 minute one-to-one consultations where she will hear your needs, worries and woes (or joys, jokes and japes) and then recommend a book (or books) to suit your mood.

For £15 you will receive your consultation and one of the recommended books as well as a wrapped mystery book (a proof). Oh, and there will be cake.

Spaces are limited so please get in touch with us for available slots.

Come and meet Sarah Winman

Thursday 23rd June 12 noon (referendum day!)

Come and meet Sarah Winman who will be dropping for an informal visit to talk about her latest book ‘A Year of Marvellous Ways’.

MARVELLOUSWAYSMarvellous Ways is eighty-nine years old and has lived alone in a remote Cornish creek for nearly all her life. She’s waiting for something but she’s not sure what. Drake is a young soldier back from the Second World War. His promise to fulfil a dying man’s last wish sees him wash up in the creek, broken in body and spirit and the old woman comes to his aid.

‘A Year of Marvellous Ways’ is the second novel from the author of the international bestseller ‘When God Was a Rabbit’. It is a life-affirming story about the magic in everyday life, the pull of the sea and the healing powers of storytelling.