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.

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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March 24th, 2015 by sally

Renee+Knight+©+Colin+HuttonKate Hamer Mei Williams credit, 300 DPICrime & Dine

at Frinton Lawn Tennis Club

with two brilliant crime writers:

Renée Knight  & Kate Hamer

Tuesday 28th April 2015 at 7pm

Tickets £30 for 2 courses, coffee & one of the books and £2 off the other book

Disclaimer by Renee Knight.  When an intriguing novel appears on Catherine’s bedside table, she curls up in bed and begins to read. But as she turns the pages she is sickened to realize the story will reveal her darkest secret. A secret she thought no one else knew…

The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer.  She is the missing girl. But she doesn’t know she’s lost. While her mother desperately tries to find her, Carmel embarks on an extraordinary journey, one that will make her question who she is – and who she might become.

Renee Knight’s book Disclaimer is described by Lee Child as: “Sensationally good psychological suspense … exactly what a great thriller should be” . While Lucy Atkins of The Sunday Times describes Kate Hamer’s The Girl in the Red Coat as a “psychological thriller, slotting into the genre that has spawned recent hits such as Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl or Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train. . .an engrossing read, to be devoured in a single lupine gulp”.

We hope you can join us for a thrilling evening!  The menu for the evening can be found on our Events page.

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March 17th, 2015 by sally

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To further our campaign to win the prestigious Independent Bookshop of the Year Award


our lovely loyal customers to add your comments in support of our submission using Twitter with our dedicated hashtag #caxtonbia15

Let’s show the world that, although Harwich may be for the continent, Frinton is certainly not for the incontinent!

Tweet your support with #caxtonbia15 to prove that:

  • you DO live in the 21st century
  • you DO love your Independent Bookshop and
  • you DO know what Twitter is!

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Breaking News!

March 5th, 2015 by sally

BSA 2015 REGIONAL BADGE 2We are absolutely delighted to have been named Regional Winner of The Bookseller Industry Awards’ Independent Bookshop of the Year.

Thank you to all our wonderful customers and the whole community who support us in our various ventures.  We hope to be here for many more years providing you all with the best possible service, an amazing selection of wonderful books, a stunning array of fascinating authors and the odd surprise!  For the full story, please click on this link:

Meanwhile….Back in Frinton…Paddington has arrived to celebrate

World Book Day!! 

Please go to our Children’s Hut for details of our Paddington Puzzle Window Competition and Party on Saturday 7th March.

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World Book Day -5th March 2015

February 16th, 2015 by sally

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Join us on World Book Day to exchange your token for one of the AMAZING FREE WBD BOOKS or you can have £1 off any book of your choice in the shop and if we don’t have the book you want, we will happily order it for you and it will be here the next day!!

This year we will also be running a Paddington Puzzle Window Competition to win a great Paddington Prize.  As the Paddington movie was such a hit, we thought we’d celebrate Paddington too and if you pop in to see us you may also see a very large bear!

Then on Saturday 7th March we are holding our great Paddington Party with Cakes, Balloons & Badges and special Paddington Story Time at 4pm.  We hope you will join us and meet our very own Paddington Bear.

Closing date for Window Competition last date of WBD Token – 29th March

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Love is in the Air!

February 6th, 2015 by sally

Feb Newsletter 011Looking for that extra special gift for your valentine?  Then look no further….We have lots of wonderful books for your loved one to curl up with in front of a roaring fire, as well as a range of beautiful artwork, ceramics and jewellery.  But if your heart is set on flowers or chocolates (and why not – sounds good to us!) - don’t forget that we also have a great range of unusual art cards, carefully selected for that special day.

So pop in soon to see if we can tempt you with a valentine’s gift with a difference!

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Welcome in the New Year with a Supper Book Club

January 5th, 2015 by sally

Rebecca WhitneyJoin us at Café 19 on Thursday 27th January at 7pm to meet author Rebecca Whitney who will be talking about her debut novel, The Liar’s Chair.

What if the thing you were most afraid of was your husband? A startling, dark and audacious novel set in and around the Brighton streets, The Liar’s Chair will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the final page has been turned. A stunning psychological portrait of a woman in a toxic marriage, Rebecca Whitney’s debut will show that sometimes the darkest shadow holds the truth you have been hiding from.  Andrew and his team at Café 19 have designed a delicious menu, which you can see on our events page. Tickets £28 for 2 courses, coffee & Rebecca’s Hardback.

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Christmas is Just around the Corner!

December 18th, 2014 by sally

Xmas 2014 016Only a few shopping days left before Christmas, so we would love you to pop in and see if we can tempt you with some of the amazing books we have selected this year.  We also have some beautiful new pieces of artwork, a sample of which can be found on our Gallery page.

We are sure that not many of you will be thinking about events in January, but just in case we’ve put details of our next Supper Book Club with author Rebecca Whitney on our Events page.  This will take place on Tuesday 27th January at Café 19.

And finally, in case you don’t get a chance to visit us again, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a most Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!  With best wishes from Judith and Sally.

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