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.

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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Sunday Christmas Shopping Special

November 19th, 2014 by sally

Sunday Christmas Shopping Special

 in conjunction with our lovely neighbours 

 Great Danes

Join us on Sunday 30th November from 11-1pm

for drinks and nibbles

AND 10% off all book purchases.

caroline moiret bowlWe will also be featuring a new collection from

Caroline Moiret’s Glass Artwork & Jewellery

Don’t forget at 12pm we will also be drawing the

Graham Norton Children in Need Raffle – see details below!

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Graham Norton Children in Need Raffle

November 13th, 2014 by sally

children in need 060Graham Norton comes to Frinton for Children in Need

Would you like to take Graham home for Christmas?

We are raffling this lifesize standee of Graham to raise money for
Children in Need.
Raffle tickets are just £2 each and all proceeds will go to Children in Need,
so feel free to buy as many as you can!!
Graham will be in the shop until
Sunday 30th November
when we will draw the winning ticket at 12pm.
The winner will then be invited to collect Graham and take him home!
Let’s do our best to make a difference by supporting Children in Need.

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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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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

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


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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