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Local Books – Fiction and Poetry

Books by Local Authors

Here in Colchester we are fortunate to have a flourishing writers community. There are many established authors living in and around Colchester and some writers groups where aspiring writers as well as established authors can share ideas and find support and friendship.

Local Authors on our shelves

We have a special section in the shop dedicated to books written by talented local authors and have built lasting relationships with many Colchester writers as we work with them to promote their books. These days there are many ways to reach your readers.  Gone are the days when the only way was to sign a contact with a traditional publisher. Some authors go digital and sell e-books online and there are many ways to find help to self-publish your work.  We are happy to discuss stocking your books whatever the route you have taken to publication Find out more on our Local Authors page here


Fiction and poetry

New from local authors


The Secrets of the Lake is a gripping suspense novel, by the author of The Silk Weaver, Liz Trenow.


Colchester author, Sarah Armstrong serves up a delicious tale of intrigue and deception – a spy story with a difference.

Sea Planes

Local musician and song writer, Simon Haines has published his first collection of poems.


Alec Marsh from Manningtree has just released the third book in his Dabble and Harris thriller series – perfect for fans of action-packed, historical fiction.


local authors well represented

Great place, good independent book shop with local authors well represented

P J Boyles

they often have book launch deals and author meet events......

Red Lion Books is an indie shop with a great selection of books for the public. They're curated section is equally fantastic, and they often have book launch deals and author meet events that are worth looking out for too. If you're looking for book recommendations, this is the place. You get the impression here that they actually read the books.

Jessica Brown

proactive in the book community, supporting established and newly published authors alike.....

This is a lovely bookshop which stocks a large variety of books. The staff are really friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. It is very proactive in the book community, supporting established and newly published authors alike. Plenty of events to interest anyone who loves reading.

Ian Hornett