Introduction
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.

A SPECIAL EVENT TO MARK REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

October 20th, 2014 by sally

poppy factoryliz trenow face9th November at 11am in the Book Shop

Local author Liz Trenow will be talking about her 3rd novel The Poppy Factory

Tickets are £8.50 which includes a signed copy of the book and a glass of Buck’s Fizz.

A captivating story of two young women, bound together by the tragedy of two very different wars: the First World War and the war in Afghanistan.  Can the Poppy Factory, set up to help injured soldiers, rescue them both from the heartache of war?

Liz will also be available to sign copies of her book in the shop from 11.45am for those who are unable to make the talk.

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FRINTON LITERARY FESTIVAL SCHOOLS PROGRAMME

October 2nd, 2014 by sally

As part of the Frinton Literary Festival, we have organised for two brilliant authors to go into 5 local primary schools AND Tendring Technology College. This is a service that is provided free by the festival, thanks to the continued support of local sponsors and loyal festival goers. We hope this helps to promote the love of literature amongst the young people of our community.

charlie keeperThis year, we are delighted to welcome the amazing creator of children’s fantasy adventure trilogy, Marcus Alexander, who will be visiting TTC, Frinton Primary and Holland Park Primary School.

After several incident-filled years of travelling the world Marcus Alexander decided to pack in all serious attempts at reaching maturity and instead embraced the much more suitable world of parchment scribbling for a living.  Marcus has a fondness for causing mischief, knows how to run really, really fast when he’s in trouble and knows how to duck out of sight when someone points the long, bony finger of blame.  Find out more about him and Charlie’s adventures at www.keeperoftherealms.com

braveTogether with local author and winner of The Times Children’s Fiction Competition Wendy Constance who will be visiting Walton Primary School, Kirby Primary School and Hamford Primary Academy.  ’Brave’ is set 13,000 years ago. Wild Horse has been sent to prove his bravery by bringing a runaway girl back to her tribe before she’s taken by wolves. But Blue Bird doesn’t want to be found, and persuades Wild Horse to join her and a rescued sabre-tooth cub.  It’s the greatest adventure of their lives, and they must fight with spear, tooth and claw to survive.

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The Big Bookshop Party Saturday 11th October

September 12th, 2014 by sally

Two Great Opportunities to celebrate Books Are My Bag 2014

  1. Meet best selling author Barbara Erskine who will be in the shop from 10am till 12pm signing her latest book The Darkest Hour, an epic tale of love, passion and heartbreak, set in the present day and the South of England in the summer of 1940, when the battle for Britain has just begun.  The book is a beautiful hardback at £14.99 and would make the perfect Christmas present!
  2. Grab a Collector’s Limited Edition Books are My Bag bag designed by Tracey Emin!  The bags will be exclusively available from chain and independent bookshops nationwide and we have 60 to give away to the first 60 customers to spend over £20 in store on Saturday 11th October!

Tracey Emin is the latest figure to back the campaign, which has won the support of over a hundred high profile figures since its launch in September 2013 including David Cameron, Lily Cole and Nigel Slater. She said that books and bookshops were fundamental education for her and was saddened that there weren’t enough bookshops on the high street….We couldn’t agree more, so please come and join the party on Saturday 11th October!!

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Book Signing – Sunday 31st August – 11am-1pm

August 25th, 2014 by sally

AUTHOR HENRY HEMMING SIGNS HIS NEW BOOK

churchill's icemanCHURCHILL’S ICEMAN: The True Story of Geoffrey Pyke: Genius, Fugitive, Spy.

Sunday 31st Sunday between 11am and 1pm at Caxton Books & Gallery
Come and meet Henry and grab a copy of his fascinating new book which will make the perfect Christmas Present – no harm in looking ahead!!

“The papers that MI5 released in 2009 have led to the discovery of a wonderful new subject for modern biography. Geoffrey Pyke was a tragic and lonely genius who attempted to plant new ideas into the unresponsive soil of Britain during the first half of the twentieth century. His final wish “to be forgotten as if    I had never lived” has now been dramatically eclipsed by this amazing story of mystery and adventure. It is as if he had been invented by G. K. Chesterton and given posthumous fame by John le Carré – which underlines the extraordinary accomplishment of his actual biographer Henry Hemming.” Sir Michael Holroyd

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2014 Literary Festival Programme Confirmed

August 14th, 2014 by sally

Simpson and ioggy botchevThe last speaker for the Annual Frinton Literary Festival has just been confirmed.  BBC foreign affairs producer, Oggy Boytchev, completes our great line-up this year.  His eagerly-awaited debut title ‘Simpson & I’ lifts the lid on the untold stories behind the headlines and documents some of the most memorable reports ever to appear on BBC News and documents Boytchev’s turbulent relationship with the BBC’s World Affairs Editor, John Simpson.  For over a decade, the pair worked side-by-side in some of the world’s most dangerous locations  in what was arguably one of the most successful partnerships in modern journalism. Simpson calls the book “a delightful account of our co-operation on the road”.   For further details, see our Festival Page or visit www.frintonliteraryfestival.co.uk.

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Supper Book Club – 21st August – Frinton Tennis Club

August 5th, 2014 by sally

The Killer Next DoorSomeone Else's Skin paperbackWe’ve already sold lots of tickets for this month’s Supper Book Club, but as we are at the Tennis Club, we have room for expansion, so if you’d like to join us please give us a call.  We will be welcoming two brilliant crime writers: Sarah Hilary and Alex Marwood.  Sarah will be talking about her first novel Someone Else’s Skin and Alex will be telling us about her second psychological thriller The Killer Next Door.  For more information and the menu, please go to our Events pageTickets £27 for 2 courses & coffee, including one of the books & £1 off the other title. 

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Successful Signing with Tim Dowling

August 5th, 2014 by sally

tim dowling shopWe had a great day last Sunday with Tim Dowling visiting the shop and signing his new book.  In fact he had such a good time that he wants a Saturday job with us!! Whenever you’re ready Tim, you’ll always be very welcome!

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Tim Dowling comes to Frinton

August 1st, 2014 by sally

tim dowlingSigning at Caxton Books Sunday 3rd August from 12-2pm

Guardian journalist, Tim Dowling, famous for his weekly column for Weekend magazine, will be spending two hours with us on Sunday signing his latest book How to be a Husband. 

Tim is a husband of some twenty years. His marriage is resounding proof that even the most impossible partnership can work out for the best. Some of the time.  So while this book is called How To be a Husband, it’s not really a how-to guide at all. Nor is it a compendium of petty remarks and brinkmanship – although it contains plenty of both. You may pick up a few DIY hints. You might learn that while marriage is founded on love, it endures through bloody hard work. Most likely it will make you whimper with the laughter of painful recognition.

‘How To be a Husband’ is a cautionary tale about throwing caution to the wind. It’s the strange romance of two people consenting to share a roll-on. It’s a new manifesto for marriage and an answer to why, even when we suck at it, we stick at it.

Tim and his band Police Dog Hogan will also be appearing at The Lock and Barrell as part of Frinton Summer Theatre’s 2014 Music programme….sadly and rather predictably the event is already sold out!!

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Independent Booksellers’ Week Success

July 8th, 2014 by sally

IBW 2014The annual Independent Booksellers’ Week took place last week and we had two brilliant events to celebrate.  Firstly, we invited all our lovely book clubbers to a very special garden party with two wonderful Bloomsbury authors – Kerry Young and Elizabeth Day.  Wine, canapés and conversation was enjoyed by all and we’d like to say a big thank you to all those who made it possible – Bloomsbury Publishing for their fabulous authors, Beverley & Martin Jenkins for the use of their beautiful house and garden, Johnny and Tony for their muscles and Jon Waller, video-maker extraordinaire – click here for the evidence! Caxton Books Summer Party_1

aFor the younger generation we had our Grab your Granny Extravaganza on Saturday 5th July.  The shop was full of balloons, grannies and grandchildren signing up for our new Children’s Loyalty Scheme and entering the Prize Draw to win a hardback copy of Gangsta Granny signed by David Walliams.  If you missed the event on Saturday, there is still time to pop in, have your photo taken, join the scheme and enter the draw.  The winner will be announced this Saturday – 12th July.  In the meantime, do stop by to admire our lovely window display with photos of Frinton’s Glorious Grannies and their proud grandchildren.

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Grab your Granny for IBW!

June 16th, 2014 by sally

gangsta granny 004To celebrate Independent Booksellers’ Week and the wonder of Grannies, we are inviting you all to Grab your Granny and come down to Caxton Books on Saturday 5th July

  • Come in and join our new Children’s Loyalty Scheme
  • First 200 to join collect a Gangsta Granny Book Mark
  • Enjoy £1 off any Children’s Book on the day!
  • Have your photo taken with your Granny and we’ll put your name in the Swag Bag to win a hardback copy of Gangsta Granny signed by David Walliams himself!

If your Granny cannot be with you on Saturday, then Grab a Photo of you and your Granny – or just your Granny and you can still enter the competition. Honorary Grannies also welcome!

  •  Photos will be used to create a wonderful new window display full of our lovely local Grannies….so don’t delay Grab your Granny today!

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