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Book Club Directory

We believe that books connect us and book clubs prove this to be true.

Book clubs in Essex

Whilst we host our own book clubs, we know there are lots of other books clubs in Essex – more than anywhere else in the country.   We are happy to direct customers to you as well as offering group discounts to book clubs with minimum orders.  Please email us to discuss your next read


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Our Book Clubs

Our youngest group (age 7-10)

Red Lion Books lead the discussions for this age group by gently encouraging members to share their voice but respecting the children who prefer to observe.

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Our middle group (age 11-13)

Red Lion Books join in the discussions which are very much led by the children themselves.

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Our teen group (age 14-16)

Red Lion Books offers the space for young adults to meet but we don’t join in the conversations (unless asked to!).

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Our YA group (The Cocoa Book Club age 18-25)

Red Lion Books now offers a YA Book Group called The Cocoa Bookclub

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Our daytime adult group (hosted by Appetite Book Club)

Red Lion Books offers a daytime book club which is in association with Appetite Book Club who meet of an evening.  Our daytime group meet once a month, on the last Thursday, at 11.30am

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Our silent book club

Turn up, read your book.  The simplicity of it is beautiful and, in our case, very necessary as we are struggling to find the time to read!  We are too busy talking about books to actually read them 😉

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Adult book group in the evening is run by Appetite Book Club

Appetite Book Club meet at various venues in Colchester over a 2-course supper and a glass of wine.  Please email for more information about this event

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The monthly bookclub is excellently run by Jo and great fun

This is a superb independent bookshop with helpful and knowledgeable staff. The monthly bookclub is excellently run by Jo and great fun, with interesting book choices.

Anne Kiely

I go there for my monthly book club, look forward to going!

Really friendly staff, wide variety of books to choose from, I go there for my monthly book club, look forward to going!

Sarah Jane whiten