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Independent Bookshop of the Year


East of England Winner

We are thrilled to have won the award for the East of England region and to be on the shortlist for this year’s national award.

Big big thanks to all our customers for your amazing support through the last year. We can only ever be as good as our customers!

Author Talk with Nick Bradley

Online Zoom Event with Appetite Book Club

Nick Bradley – The Cat and the City

Wednesday  26th May at 8 pm

Join us and welcome Nick Bradley for an event to mark the launch of the paperback edition of ‘The Cat and the City’, a BBC Radio 2 book club pick.

About The Cat and the City

In Tokyo – one of the world’s largest megacities – a stray cat is wending her way through the back alleys. And, with each detour, she brushes up against the seemingly disparate lives of the city-dwellers, connecting them in unexpected ways.

But the city is changing. As it does, it pushes her to the margins where she chances upon a series of apparent strangers – from a homeless man squatting in an abandoned hotel, to a shut-in hermit afraid to leave his house, to a convenience store worker searching for love. The cat orbits Tokyo’s denizens, drawing them ever closer.

‘Masterfully weaves together seemingly disparate threads to conjure up a vivid tapestry of Tokyo; its glory, its shame, its characters, and a calico cat.’ David Peace, author of THE TOKYO TRILOGY

Author Talk with Sarah Winman

Online Zoom Event

Sarah Winman – Still Life

Wednesday 23rd June at 7 pm

We are thrilled to be hosting an online talk with Sarah Winman, acclaimed author of  ‘When God was a Rabbit’, ‘ A Year of Marvellous Ways‘ and ‘Tin Man‘. 

Sarah will be talking about her much anticipated new novel, ‘Still Life’

About Still Life

Still Life is a big-hearted story of people brought together by love, war, art and the ghost of E.M. Forster.1944, in the ruined wine cellar of a Tuscan villa, as bombs fall around them, two strangers meet and share an extraordinary evening. Ulysses Temper is a young British soldier, Evelyn Skinner is a sexagenarian art historian and possible spy. She has come to Italy to salvage paintings from the wreckage and relive memories of the time she encountered EM Forster and had her heart stolen by an Italian maid in a particular Florentine room with a view.Evelyn’s talk of truth and beauty plants a seed in Ulysses’ mind that will shape the trajectory of his life – and of those who love him – for the next four decades. Moving from the Tuscan Hills and piazzas of Florence, to the smog of London’s East End, Still Life is a sweeping, joyful novel about beauty, love, family and fate.

‘Four course nourishment for all Winman fans’ Patrick Gale ‘Extraordinary .. . my book of the year’ Liz Nugent ‘The kind of story that bolsters the heart and soul’ Donal Ryan

Email us@redlionbooks.co.uk for more details on how to register for this event.

Book Launch: ‘The Secrets of the Lake’ with Liz Trenow

We are thrilled to offer this event – the launch of a new Liz Trenow novel.
Liz will be on zoom to talk about her latest book, THE SECRETS OF THE LAKE. Tickets can be bought from Red Lion Books via us@redlionbooks.co.uk for £8.99 and will include a copy of the book.
There is an additional £1.50 if you would like us to post it.

Book Lovers Quiz Night

WEDNESDAY 17 TH MARCH at 7.30pm

This is a FREE event to thank you fall or sticking with us through a pandemic, snow and leaking pipes!

Please join us for our special  book themed quiz night. We’ve been busy putting questions together with the emphasis firmly on fun and informality rather than competitive and challenging.

Register in advance, using this link:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAscO2opjsqE9L28AFIsU0vVnawbO2pbXf7

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Summer of Spying by Sarah Armstrong

Exclusive print edition available for our customers

We are thrilled to be involved with this exciting project by one of our favourite local authors, Sarah Armstrong.

Not everyone who is called for jury service gets given a case. When Sarah Armstrong, received a jury summons during the lockdown, she assumed the trial would be cancelled, but it went ahead. Once the case was concluded, Sarah conducted her own online investigation to answer the many questions she was left with about authority, surveillance and belonging.

Here, Sarah details the prosecution and defence evidence presented in court and explains how the experience shaped not just her understanding of what it means to serve on a jury, but also how it exposes the extent to which our modern life is under surveillance.

This is just released as an e-book but is available exclusively to Red Lion Books in print form as five weekly instalments. While the weekly series has sold out, In April there will be a limited number of ‘bookshop bundles’ again available exclusively for our customers. Please register your interest in these by emailing us@redlionbooks.co.uk