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 Clár Ní Chonghaile

January 26th, 2016 by sally

clarJoin us to welcome debut author Clár Ní Chonghaile 

to Frinton

on Thursday 11th February 2016

at Café 19 at 7pm

Clár has worked as a journalist for over 20 years and has lived in Madrid, Paris, the Ivory Coast, Senegal and Kenya. Whilst in
Nairobi, she freelanced for the Guardian and travelled to Somalia to cover the African Union’s battle against al Shabaab and the plight of
thousands of displaced people.

Her debut thriller Fractured is a very topical novel that will appeal to fans of Homeland and those interested in political thrillers.  The novel covers issues including Islamic fundamentalists, questions the motivations of extremists and deals with the theme of captivity, which unfortunately resonates all too clearly because of the increasingly frequent use of hostages for political purposes.  The novel takes place in Somalia, a country that has found itself pushed onto front pages for all the wrong reasons.

For a synopsis of the novel, please go to our Events Page, where you will also find Café 19’s delicious menu!


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Happy New Year!

January 19th, 2016 by sally

reading to mindWe’d like to wish you all a very happy and healthy 2016.

Here’s our latest news in brief:

  • we have just finalised the next 3 films for Cinema-on-Sea which you can see on our Cinema page
  • we will be starting the revamp of the Children’s Corner very soon – hopefully to unveil during the week of World Book Day
  • we are currently working on our 2016 Events programme so please watch this space.

And at a time when many of you may be thinking about a body make-over, we felt that this quotation was rather apt!

Happy Reading!


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Happy Christmas!

December 24th, 2015 by sally

It’s Christmas Eve and we’ll be closing very soon to join our families for the Festive Frolic.  We very much hope you enjoy your Christmas wherever you are and look forward to seeing you after a short break.

We will be open again on Tuesday 29th December until New Year’s Eve and then back to normal on Saturday 2nd January.

Have a truly lovely Christmas time.

With best wishes from both of us.

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Christmas is Just Around the Corner….

December 5th, 2015 by sally

IMG_3613With only 20 days to go until Christmas Day, we thought you would like to know that we will now be open on Sundays from 11am to 4pm to help ease the pressure of Christmas shopping.  Don’t forget that we also offer free gift-wrapping and free delivery within the local area.  So, if you would like a book that we don’t currently have in stock, we will happily order it, wrap it and deliver it to you before Christmas!



This is our lovely Christmas window featuring the perfect Christmas gift for children - A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig and one for adults – A Snow Garden and Other Stories by Rachel Joyce.  See our Children’s page and Book Club pages for more information.

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Who needs Black Friday when you can have a Civilised Saturday!

November 27th, 2015 by sally


Say NO to Black Pandemonium and YES to Orange Civilisation!!

Join us this Saturday – 28th November

for a glass of Buck’s Fizz


20% Discount on ALL book purchases ALL day.

We look forward to seeing you!

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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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