Red Lion BookS A place to find your next favourite read Welcome to Colchester's independent family bookshop Love reading? Escape with a new story Explore the shelves for our carefully curated stock and the pick of new titles arriving each week


Our current favourites

New books to get excited about

Hanya Yanagihara


Samuel Fisher


Chatto, Beth (Beth Chatto's Garden), Wooster, Steven, Boulton, Julia


David Tazzyman


What's Been Happening?

Latest News

The latest news and views from between the shelves at Red Lion Books

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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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Book Clubs

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

Are You A Local Author?

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.

    5 star review  It's the best book shop in Colchester by a country mile! They always have a huge selection of books in stock and this makes it a great place for discovering new titles, as well as discovering new topics. The staff have always been extremely friendly and helpful; during this year I believe they have put on numerous events online in what are difficult times. I cannot recommend this book shop enough!

    thumb Luke Rogers

    5 star review  Excellent book shop. Always has awesome stock. Very friendly staff and owners.

    thumb Robert Jago

    5 star review  Lovely and friendly staff. Happy to answer my questions and thoughts. Beautiful place warm and caring shop.

    thumb Worm Wood

    5 star review  One of the best independent bookstores in essex! Has a great online store as well.

    thumb Eleanor Wilson

    5 star review  Love this bookshop, always manage to get what i want, and even sometimes what I didn't know I wanted. Lovely shop. Helpful staff, would definitely recommend you pop in for a few minutes and then stay a lot longer.

    thumb Penny Christmas

    5 star review  What a lovely place! I live abroad, and when I was thinking of somewhere to shop locally to my parents, my first thought was Red Lion Books, as I visited as a child. I am so glad I emailed! From the first message, they were pleasant and so helpful with recommendations. It was very easy to choose and pay. On request, they wrapped and hand delivered the books to my parents' house, and even had a little chat with my dad, who told me that the woman who had delivered was delightful! Not just a shop, a real part of the community.

    thumb Fiona Dyas

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