Caxton Books & Gallery, owned by Judith Charlesworth and Sally Johnson, is a well-established independent bookshop in the heart of Frinton's renowned Connaught Avenue, just a stone's throw from the sweeping sands of Frinton Beach. The Gallery exhibits local and East Anglian artwork, ceramics and jewellery. We also have an exciting range of artistic greetings cards and other book-related products.

We are open Monday to Saturday from 9.00 to 5pm. We hope you will pay us a visit and see what we have to offer.

Crime & Dine at Café 19

November 16th, 2015 by sally

Crime & Dine at Café 19 with Sharon Bolton & Tammy Cohen

Thursday 26th November 2015  – 6.30 for 7pm

Tickets £25 for 2 courses, coffee & your choice of either Sharon’s or Tammy’s latest book. 

Join us for another thrilling evening with two brilliant and well established crime writers.  Café 19′s delicious menu can be found on our Events page.

SHARON BOLTONSharon Bolton (previously known as S. J. Bolton) is the critically acclaimed author of some of the most bone-chilling crime books ever written. She has been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year, the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year and the CWA Dagger in the Library.  Sharon lives near Oxford with her husband and young son.



tammy cohenTammy Cohen (who also writes as Tamar Cohen) is a freelance journalist writing for national magazines and newspapers. After a late start, she has now written six novels – The Mistress’s Revenge, The War of the Wives, Someone Else’s Wedding, The Broken and Dying For Christmas, together with her latest First One Missing.  She is a Writer in Residence at Kingston University and lives in North London with her partner and three (nearly) grown children, plus one very badly behaved dog.


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Hamford Primary Academy Opens New Library

November 11th, 2015 by sally

Christopher and BillyWe had a fantastic time last Friday at Hamford Primary Academy celebrating the opening of their amazing new library.  We took two awesome authors – Christopher William Hill and Billy Coughlan – who between them entertained the whole school with their interactive stories and insights into the art of story writing.

Christopher was talking about his Tales from Schwartzgarten series of 4 books:  Osbert the Avenger, The Woebegone Twins, The Lily-livered Prince and the most recent book Marius and the Band of Blood which was published just last week.  According to The Times, ‘fans of Roald Dahl, Chris Priestly and Lemony Snicket will savour every gruesome drop of this stylish, grisly and original comedy.’

Billy & Christopher cutting ribbonMeanwhile, Billy was talking about her very first picture book – Not without my Whale – which was published in September.  This is a wonderful story about a little boy who is anxious about going to school until a lovely friend helps him overcome his fears, with a lot of fun along the way!

Christopher and Billy were then delighted to be invited to cut the ribbon for the opening ceremony of the fabulous new Library.

A huge big thank you to both of them from us and all the staff and students at Hamford Primary Academy for making their day super special!

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Crime & Dine at Cafe 19

November 3rd, 2015 by sally

Cafe 19′s delicious menu for our next Supper Book Club is now available.  See our events page for full details.

A few tickets are still available for the fabulous Rachel Joyce event described below.

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Rachel Joyce comes to Frinton

October 22nd, 2015 by sally

rachel joyceWine and Canapés with Rachel Joyce

We are delighted to be welcoming best-selling author Rachel Joyce to Frinton on Thursday 12th November.  Do join us at Piatto’s Delicatessen for wine, canapés and a fascinating insight into the life of a best-selling author.

Rachel’s first book The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize and long-listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2012 and her second novel Perfect was published in 2013 to great critical acclaim.  The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy, the wonderful companion book to Harold Fry was published in paperback in July this year and Rachel will also be introducing us to her latest book – A Snow Garden and other StoriesDue to be published on 5th November, this is a collection of six short stories as funny, joyous, poignant and memorable as Christmas should be!

Tickets are £10.

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October 6th, 2015 by sally

grayson perry bagBAG A BARGAIN ON BAMB DAY!

We know nobody likes to think about Christmas at this time of year, but let us soften the blow with 3 GREAT OFFERS FOR ALL OUR LOYAL CUSTOMERS:

Join us on Saturday to celebrate the 3rd BAMB Day with three fabulous offers:

1.  Grab a Christmas Catalogue and enjoy a 20% discount on all orders placed from the catalogue by 5pm on Halloween.

2.  Spend £20 and get this year’s Exclusive Limited Edition BAMB Bag designed by award-winning artist Grayson Perry.

3.  Take away a free Tote bag designed by Charlie and Lola author Lauren Child with every children’s book purchase, while stocks last.


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New Event – New Venue – NEW DATE!

July 29th, 2015 by sally


on Thursday 24th September, 2015

at Walton and Frinton Yacht Club – 6.30pm for 7pm.

Please join us to hear Paul Rusiecki talk about his latest book: Under Fire: Essex and the Second World War, a meticulous study of the impact of total war on the civilian population of Essex between 1939 and 1945. In the book, Rusiecki examines how people coped with the immense stress caused by heavy bombing, the fear of invasion and other anxieties whilst so much was demanded of them by the authorities. The book brings into focus the social, economic, political and religious strains caused by the war.

Tickets are just £5, redeemable against the book which retails at £18.99.

For more information – please see out EVENTS page.

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Pre-order Harper Lee’s second book TODAY!

July 7th, 2015 by sally

go set a watchmangregory and scout

Announcing the publication of Harper Lee’s second novel

Go Set a Watchman

Arguably the most hotly-anticipated novel in the world in 2015, Harper Lee’s
Go Set a Watchman is due to be published on July 14th 2015.

Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before writing To Kill a Mockingbird (1960).
Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.
Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch—Scout—struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her.

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Supper Book Club with Author Nicola Upson

June 18th, 2015 by sally

london rain 2Join us to welcome Nicola Upson to Frinton on Wednesday 15th July 2015 at Café 19 at 7pm

May, 1937 and London prepares to crown a new king.  Bestselling writer Josephine Tey is in town to oversee a BBC radio production of her play, Queen of Scots – but adultery, treachery and pent-up jealousies stalk the corridors of Broadcasting House….Rich in atmosphere of coronation London, the sixth novel in Nicola’s ‘Josephine Tey’ series sets an audacious, deeply personal crime against the back drop of one of the most momentous days in British History.

Tickets £28 for 2 courses, coffee & Nicola’s latest book.

Please see our Events page for Café 19′s delicious menu!

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Independent Bookshop Week 2015

June 1st, 2015 by sally







Elizabeth is Missing author Emma Healey visits Frinton

In conjunction with Piatto’s Delicatessen, we are delighted to be hosting an event for award-winning author Emma Healey.

Sunday Times Top Five Bestseller, Elizabeth is Missing is the stunning, smash-hit debut novel from new author Emma Healey. The book’s many accolades include:

  • Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2014
  • Shortlisted for National Book Awards Popular Fiction Book 2014
  • Shortlisted for National Book Awards New Writer of the Year 2014
  • Longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize 2014
  • Longlisted for the Baileys Prize for Women’s Fiction 2015.

 Join us at Piatto’s Delicatessen on Tuesday 23rd June at 5.30 for 6pm to hear Emma talk about her amazing success!
Tickets are £5 which includes wine & canapés.  We will also be offering a £1 discount on Emma’s book for this event.

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Help us to celebrate 10 Years!

May 5th, 2015 by sally

little judithlittle sallyOur 10th Anniversary is Sunday 17th May, so we would like to celebrate with you,
our lovely customers, on
Saturday 16th  May
with Drinks and Canapés in the shop from 11-1pm
and 10% off EVERTYING in the shop ALL DAY!

If you can’t make it in the morning, we hope to see you at Cinema-on-Sea in the afternoon or evening!


Here’s our little story, in case you haven’t seen our celebratory window!

Once upon a time…..

…there were two little girls, living in two different worlds.They both grew up not knowing what the future held and tried all sorts of different jobs and lived in all sorts of different places.

After 40 years of wandering through life, they bumped into each other in Frinton when they discovered that they both had sons called Hugo.  They then discovered that they had lots of other things in common too and so their friendship blossomed.

Very soon afterwards Caxton Books came up for sale and a snap decision to buy a business with a new friend led to the most rewarding 10 years of their lives.
Judith and Sally would like to thank everyone who has supported the shop throughout the last 10 years and hope you will share the adventure of the next 10 years with them too.


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