We have resumed the delivery of books

Update: Monday, 6th April We can place SINGLE BOOK ORDERS with our warehouse for delivery to any address nationally This means we can only deliver one book, per parcel.   You may order books in quantity but they will be sent individually with a £1.50 charge per book. Delivery will use a 48hr tracked service.  A 24 hr … Continue reading We have resumed the delivery of books

Update: Monday, 6th April



  • We can place SINGLE BOOK ORDERS with our warehouse for delivery to any address nationally
  • This means we can only deliver one book, per parcel.  
  • You may order books in quantity but they will be sent individually with a £1.50 charge per book.
  • Delivery will use a 48hr tracked service.  A 24 hr service can be requested at an additional cost
  • FREE DELIVERY for single books over £20


Picking and packing single book orders allows a skeleton warehouse staff to work well within the permitted social distancing, keeping everybody safe.  

We appreciate this isn’t very green but the service uses Royal Mail so deliveries are using routes which are already established.  


We are still here to advise and will be making regular posts on social media with our recommendations.

We prefer seeing our customers but needs must so until we can meet again, we would like to offer this service and look forward to hearing from you.

To order

  • Please email us@redlionbooks.co.uk with the title and author (and ISBN if you have it!) of the book or books you are interested in.
  • We will let you know availability and price.
  • At that point, you can confirm your order with your postal address and a request for payment will be sent via PayPal.  You do not need to have a Paypal account to make payment.
  • The range of books that are available through this arrangement is not as great as our normal special order service and stock may be more patchy than usual

Thank you for your patience to date.   

We endeavoured to get books to you, initially on a bicycle but after isolation we relied on our suppliers to send books to you directly.  They faced their own challenges and deliveries were sometimes slower than we had hoped; last week they temporarily suspended orders but have now regrouped and can recommence with a limited but well-considered service which protects the health of their staff.

We will continue to select our monthly, mystery book (known as Underwraps) as well as running our book clubs via the online application ZOOM

We hope you and your families are well and safe.

From all of us at Red Lion Books

Important update – 30/03/20

Temporary suspension of all orders Today we received news which will impact heavily upon Red Lion Books.  Our trusted main supplier has temporarily suspended the delivery of all books and so, it is with great sadness, that we have taken the difficult decision not to accept any new orders – with immediate effect.   We were not … Continue reading Important update – 30/03/20

Temporary suspension of all orders


Today we received news which will impact heavily upon Red Lion Books. 

Our trusted main supplier has temporarily suspended the delivery of all books and so, it is with great sadness, that we have taken the difficult decision not to accept any new orders – with immediate effect.  

We were not given any notice of our supplier’s warehouse closing but we respect how fast changing the world is at the moment and that the safety and well-being of their workforce is paramount.

We will be working hard to clear all outstanding orders over the coming days so that any existing orders should be processed (or refunded).  If you have made payment for a subscription package of books due to arrive in May or June we will contact you separately and make relevant refunds.

We have continued over the past few weeks to do our very best to provide our usual high quality of service, reacting to challenges as we received them, with good humour, hard work and a dash of creative thinking  – but this current news is a challenge we are unable to overcome.  We will keep you updated as and when new opportunities arise which might allow us to satisfy your orders once again.

Thank you for the support you have shown to us and other independent bookshops. It has really kept us motivated.  Your enormous enthusiasm and loyalty to the shop have moved us and for that, we are extremely grateful.

Temporary closure of Red Lion Books

We are still taking orders WE CAN DELIVERY NATIONALLY Email is the only way to contact us at present us@redlionbooks.co.uk We can accept the National Book Tokens Delivery is £1.50 or free for orders over £20 We are introducing an online shop – please be patient with us We are looking at ways to host … Continue reading Temporary closure of Red Lion Books

  • We are still taking orders
  • WE CAN DELIVERY NATIONALLY
  • Email is the only way to contact us at present us@redlionbooks.co.uk
  • We can accept the National Book Tokens
  • Delivery is £1.50 or free for orders over £20
  • We are introducing an online shop – please be patient with us
  • We are looking at ways to host online book clubs
  • We are setting up monthly subscription packages
  • We are using social media, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

22nd March 2020

Dear Customers

We look forward to seeing you all again post coronavirus

Every day the situation has been changing and we have been constantly reviewing how Red Lion Books should react. Now, due to the accelerating spread of coronavirus, from Monday 23rd March we will be closing the shop.

We love to see our shop full and we know how much visiting the shop to browse and buy means to our customers. Your support over the last couple of weeks has been exceptional. But the shop is a small enclosed space and it is impossible to practise appropriate social distancing. So, for the health and safety of our staff, customers and the wider community our doors will be closed until the situation eases.

If you have an order with us, please email us@redlionbooks.co.uk or ring us on 01206 578584 to arrange a convenient time for you to collect or for us to deliver.

We are planning to maintain our customer order service and working to find the best ways for us to supply books to you while the shop is closed as well as online book clubs.

We are also setting up monthly subscription packages, please email us to let us know if this is of interest using reference SUBSCRIPTION

We aim to keep in touch through social media with updates and with news of new releases. Please email us with any requests you have to us@redlionbooks.co.uk

We thank you for your overwhelming support to date and send you our very best and heartfelt wishes.  Keep safe.

Please be patient with us!

Please be patient with us!

We love our customers as much as we love our books which is why we have spent over 4 decades welcoming you through our doors. During this strange and unprecedented period, we are looking at ways to make our website more interactive – until everybody is safe to visit us again. It may take some … Continue reading Please be patient with us!

We love our customers as much as we love our books which is why we have spent over 4 decades welcoming you through our doors. During this strange and unprecedented period, we are looking at ways to make our website more interactive – until everybody is safe to visit us again. It may take some … Continue reading Please be patient with us!

We love our customers as much as we love our books which is why we have spent over 4 decades welcoming you through our doors.

During this strange and unprecedented period, we are looking at ways to make our website more interactive – until everybody is safe to visit us again.

It may take some time! Until then please email us at us@redlionbooks.co.uk with any requests and keep popping back here to see how we are getting on.

The Mirror and the Light

Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel

The long-awaited sequel to Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, the stunning conclusion to Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall trilogy. ‘If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?’ England, May 1536. Anne Boleyn is dead, decapitated in the space of a heartbeat by a hired French executioner. … Continue reading The Mirror and the Light

The long-awaited sequel to Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, the stunning conclusion to Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall trilogy. ‘If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?’ England, May 1536. Anne Boleyn is dead, decapitated in the space of a heartbeat by a hired French executioner.

As her remains are bundled into oblivion, Thomas Cromwell breakfasts with the victors. The blacksmith’s son from Putney emerges from the spring’s bloodbath to continue his climb to power and wealth, while his formidable master, Henry VIII, settles to short-lived happiness with his third queen, Jane Seymour. Cromwell is a man with only his wits to rely on; he has no great family to back him, no private army.

Despite rebellion at home, traitors plotting abroad and the threat of invasion testing Henry’s regime to breaking point, Cromwell’s robust imagination sees a new country in the mirror of the future. But can a nation, or a person, shed the past like a skin? Do the dead continually unbury themselves? What will you do, the Spanish ambassador asks Cromwell, when the king turns on you, as sooner or later he turns on everyone close to him? With The Mirror and the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man’s vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage.

Harper Collins hardback rrp £25.00 our price £22.00

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

Charlie Mackesy

Charlie Mackesy

Charlie Mackesy, was an artist, cartoonist and book illustrator when he first started posting a series of unique drawings on Instagram. They highlighted simple truths – like the courage it can take to ask for help or the importance of taking that first step to a distant destination. The drawings became an online sensation shared … Continue reading The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

Charlie Mackesy, was an artist, cartoonist and book illustrator when he first started posting a series of unique drawings on Instagram. They highlighted simple truths – like the courage it can take to ask for help or the importance of taking that first step to a distant destination. The drawings became an online sensation shared around the world and have now been developed into chart topping book.

Through these beautifully illustrated pages, four friends – a boy, a mole, a fox and a horse share their observations of life from different perspectives. Direct, wise and startlingly original they embody a straightforward approach to living that cuts through the confusion of modern life.

The themes of generosity, kindness, courage, hope and humour shine through in these simple exchanges.

The book is for everyone from eight of eighty and is to be dipped into anywhere, anytime.

Ebury hardback, £16.99.