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Red Lion Books Ltd

125 High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1SZ
T: 01206 578584
Accepts customer orders - Lead time: overnight
Accepts Gift Cards
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Bookshop Description: (Est. 1978)

Red Lion Books is the sole surviving independent bookshop in Colchester. (There were once 6). Situated on the High Street in the town centre it is still owned by Peter and Sarah Donaldson who founded the shop back in 1978. We are strongly embedded in the cultural life of our town and beyond. We have strong relationships with schools, taking books into Colchester schools, supporting author visits and providing book fairs particularly around World Book Day. We host in-store author events as well as monthly book clubs for adults and children. Through our involvement with the Essex Book Festival we travel around the county to provide books for literary events We support literary excellence enthusiastically in both adults & children's sections and do this by filling our shop with a large range of new titles each week, thoughtfully selected and attractively displayed, combined with a carefully curated stock holding. We have recently started to deliver books nationally which includes a monthly subscription. We look forward to seeing you.

Opening hours:

Mon-Sat 9am-5.00pm



Offers and Events

Author Event: Novelist C.L Miller discussing The Antique Hunter’s Guide to Murder, 14th March 6pm
Expires: 14-03-2024


Red Lion Books Ltd, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1SZ
T: 01206 578584   W:

Offer Details


Cara Miller’s The Antique Hunter’s Guide to Murder is the start of your new favourite crime series, The Number One Ladies Detective Agency meets Midsomer Murders by way of Reverend Richard Coles and Richard Osman. Join her to hear all about super sleuths Freya and her eccentric aunt Carole - culminating in an antiques convention in Suffolk where everyone’s a suspect.

Cara started working life in publishing as an editorial assistant for her mother, Judith Miller on the Miller’s Antique Price Guide and as a researcher for the Antique Hunter’s Guide to Europe

This book was written in consultation with international antiques expert, Judith Miller (1951 – 2023) a regular specialist on BBC Antiques Roadshow. Judith was also the co-founder of the bestselling annual Miller’s Antiques Price Guide started in 1979. She went on to write more than 120 books on antiques and interiors.

Offer Terms

Our event space is, regrettably, not accessible to wheelchair users

£5 ticket price is redeemable against hardback, signed edition of THE ANTIQUE HUNTER’S GUIDE TO MURDER
Non-Fiction Authors talking about their experience regarding the murder of PC Yvonne Fletcher 16th March 11am
Expires: 16-03-2024


Red Lion Books Ltd, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1SZ
T: 01206 578584   W:

Offer Details

On 17 April 1984, as demonstrators gathered outside the Libyan embassy in London, two gunmen lay in wait inside. At 10.18 a.m. automatic gunfire rained down  and WPC Yvonne Fletcher fell, mortally wounded. As his friend lay dying, PC John Murray made her a promise that he would seek justice justice. 37 years would pass before he was able to fulfil that undertaking. While researching this moving account of one man is dogged pursuit of justice for a murdered colleague, Matt Johnson uncovered secret-service deals and government duplicity, all part of a plan to force an end to the National Union of Mineworker strike. He discovered the real reason Yvonne's killers were allowed to go free and how events led to 30 years of growing political control of policing, resulting in the disarray increasingly evident today. This compelling account pulls seemingly unconnected threads into a coherent and shocking whole.

Offer Terms

£16 Ticket Price for entry to the Author Talk at Colchester Arts Centre

John Murray & Matt Johnson in conversation.
Ticket price includes paperback copy of ‘No Ordinary Day’
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