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.

Stephen May Returns to Frinton

February 18th, 2017 by sally

stephen mayWe are delighted to welcome back author

Stephen May

to talk about his fourth novel

Stronger than Skin

on Thursday 23rd March at the Shop

7 for 7.30pm

Mark Chadwick is cycling home from work, eager to get back to his pregnant wife Katy and two children, when he sees the police calling at his house. He knows exactly why they are there and he knows that the world he has carefully constructed over twenty very deliberately uneventful years is about to fall apart. He could lose everything.

A story of a toxic love gone wrong, with a setting that moves easily between present day London and 1990s Cambridge,

Stronger Than Skin is compulsively readable, combining a gripping narrative with a keen eye for the absurdities of the way we live now.

We do hope you can join us for what we know will be a very entertaining evening.

Tickets are £10 which includes a copy of Stronger than Skin

There will of course be wine & soft drinks for sale.

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Announcing Apple Tree Yard Author Visit

February 2nd, 2017 by sally

Apple Tree Yard TV jacketHave you been watcAuthor piching the gripping psychological thriller Apple Tree Yard?

If not, then we recommend you catch it on BBC iPlayer before the 3rd episode hits our screens at 9pm this Sunday – it’s steamy and compulsive viewing!!

What’s even more exciting is that the author

Louise Doughty

will be joining us at Walton and Frinton Yacht Club on Tuesday 11th April to talk about her latest book Black Water.

Watch this space for more details, but in the interim, here’s an outline of her stunning best-seller Apple Tree Yard

Yvonne Carmichael has worked hard to achieve the life she always wanted: a high-flying career in genetics, a beautiful home, a good relationship with her husband and their two grown-up children. Then one day she meets a stranger at the Houses of Parliament and, on impulse, begins a passionate affair with him – a decision that will put everything she values at risk.

At first she believes she can keep the relationship separate from the rest of her life, but she can’t control what happens next. All of her careful plans spiral into greater deceit and, eventually, a life-changing act of violence.

Apple Tree Yard is both a psychological thriller and an insightful examination of the values we all live by and the choices we make, from an acclaimed writer at the height of her powers.

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Walking the Essex Coast with Peter Caton

January 20th, 2017 by sally

peter catonJoin us for an Illustrated Talk with the Author of

 50 Walks on the Essex Coast

at McGrigor Hall

Thursday 9th February – 6.30 for 7pm

Peter’s latest book is a walking guide describing 50 walks along the Essex coast, the longest coastline of any English county.  Peter discovered the wonderful Essex coastline as he narrated his journey along its whole length, writing ESSEX COAST WALK.  He will be sharing his discoveries with us and describing a selection of the walks which range from 2 to 15 miles.

Tickets £5 each including a glass of wine and 10% off Peter’s Books

For more information about Peter’s Books, please see our Events Page.

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Book Club Author visits St Mary’s Parish Church

December 28th, 2016 by sally

the-girl-at-the-end-book-coverWe are delighted to be joining St Mary’s Parish Church


Saturday 14th January – 10.30am to 12pm

to welcome author

K A Hitchins

who will be talking about her first novel

 The Girl at the End of the Road

 High-flying financier Vincent Stevens has lost everything in the economic crash.  He wants his life back at any cost.  A mysterious woman, a shocking discovery, and Vincent is faced with the biggest decision of his life.  Will he return to a world defined by winners and losers, or will he choose love?

 K A Hitchins wrote this book to raise money for a small children’s charity which, among other things, trains volunteers to work in a disability school in Togo, West Africa.

We do hope you can join us to meet Kathryn and hear all about her writing and charitable works.  This is a FREE event and all author’s royalties from the sale of the books will be donated to Mission Enfant pour Christ International

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The delightful Ruth Dugdall returns to Frinton

November 21st, 2016 by sally

ruth-dugdallThe delightful Felixstowe author

Ruth Dugdall

will be visiting us once again

for an evening of

Crime & Candlelight


Monday 12th December 6.30 for 7pm at McGrigor Hall

 Ruth worked as a Probation Officer for almost a decade in high security prisons in the Suffolk area.  She then moved to Luxembourg for two years where she worked at a local prison.

Ruth’s writing is heavily influenced by her professional background, providing authenticity and credibility to the crime genre.

Her latest psychological thriller, Nowhere Girl is based in Luxembourg and once again centres on Probation Officer Cate Austin, who gets caught up in a hidden world of child trafficking trying to find a missing girl.

 We do hope you can join us and Ruth for a most enjoyable evening.

Tickets £12.50 which includes a glass of mulled wine, mince pies and nibbles and a copy of Ruth’s book Nowhere Girl.

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Book Review by Beatrice Easterbrook, aged 8

November 3rd, 2016 by sally

girl-who-saved-xmas‘The Girl Who Saved Christmas’ by Matt Haig

About the Book

Interestingly, the book is all about the sentimental value of hope and the fact is that, if we did not believe in Father Christmas, and believe that he would come, then Father Christmas would not be able to deliver all of the wonderful presents that we get!

You might think that Father Christmas himself never gets any gifts, but he gets one of the most brilliant gifts in the world, seeing the children smile on Christmas Day.

MyFavourite Character

My favourite character is the elf called Little Mim because he is a little bit cheeky! The reason why I think this is because he woke up really early on Christmas morning and started jumping up and down on his parents bed (his poor parents were still asleep!) But he is also a really brave elf, because as soon as he discovered that his Mum was dangerously going to visit the trolls, he followed her! I like that he is also really excitable, and could not wait when he heard that he was going to the workshop where the older elves make presents for the children.

My Favourite Part of the Story

I loved the part of the story where Amelia meets Charles Dickens because I felt more and more curious about what might happen. I really enjoyed the way that the author described it, it really made you feel the emotions that the characters felt. I enjoyed imagining what the scene looked like, as I felt that I knew and could picture it, from the extraordinary vocabulary used.

Who Would I Recommend this Book to?

Overall, I recommend this book to people that like exciting and captivating stories. I think that this book is aimed at children of the age of about 8 and upwards, if you are a fairly confident reader, as it does have a couple of sad moments in it, but also lots of fun!

This is one of the best books that I have ever read, I am very glad that Matt Haig wrote it!

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Welcoming Author and Designer William Thomson

October 17th, 2016 by sally


Do join us to welcome author and desiger

William Thomson

who will be talking about his new book

The  Book of Tides 

as featured in

The Saturday Telegraph on

15th October.

The event will take place on

Saturday 29th October at 3pm

at Walton & Frinton Yacht Club

William’s book is an idiosyncratic, richly illustrated guide to Britain’s rivers, seas and shores, for everyone who loves the water and the natural world.

Inspired by his own witnessing of the power of the sea through travelling around Britain’s coastline in a panel van with his young family, he tells the story of the cycles of the sea and how it imperceptibly but crucially shapes our actions, and has shaped our landscape for millenia.

William combines a lyrical, passionate narrative with graphically beautiful renderings of the main forms of water which affect Britain: Rip, Rapids, Swell, Stream, Tide, Wave, Whirlpool, Tsunami. The Book of Tides is a book for all of us who feel the pull of the sea and the tug of the tide.

Tickets are £5 each and redeemable against a copy of The Book of Tides @ £20

William’s beautiful Tidal Compass Prints, an example of which can be seen in our window, will also be available unframed @ £60. 

These can be personalised by William to make the perfect Christmas present together with the book and William will take orders on the day.

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September 22nd, 2016 by sally



We are celebrating Bookshop Day on 8th October with the

Launch of our Christmas Catalogue!

We know nobody likes to think about Christmas at this time of year,

so let us soften the blow with



on Saturday 8th October 2016

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

Offer 2:        Spend £20 and get this year’s beautiful Limited Edition BAMB Bag designed by award-winning designer

Coralie Bickford-Smith

Offer 3:        Take away a free children’s tote bag featuring a Winnie-the-Pooh design to celebrate his 90th Anniversary with every children’s book purchase


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Author Piers Torday to visit shop – twice!

September 17th, 2016 by sally

Piers TordayEach year as part of the Frinton Literary Festival we take authors into all 6 local primary schools as well as Tendring Technology College.  This year, we are very lucky to have Piers Torday visiting Frinton Primary School, Hamford Primary Academy and St Philomena’s on Monday 10th October and he has kindly agreed to come to the shop after school at 3.30pm to sign copies of his brilliant children’s trilogy The Last Wild together with his latest book – There May Be A Castledeath-of-an-owl

Not only that, but he has also agreed to talk about his recent political thriller Death of An Owl (not for children!) at 6pm in the shop.  This book was started by his late father, Paul Torday, best known for his comic novel, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, which was made into the hit movie starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt.  When his father died, Piers made the brave decision to complete his father’s novel,which was described by The Guardian as ‘witty and well crafted….a delightful gothic fantasy…completed with panache.’

Join us for a glass of wine in the shop at 6pm on Monday 10th October to meet Piers and hear about his life as a writer and his writing background.  This includes his grandfather Roger Mortimer, the journalist who wrote hundreds of very funnly letters to his children, which you can read in the Dear Lupin trilogy by his relatives, including Dearest Jane, by his mother.  These were recently adapted for the West End Stafe by Michael Simkins, starring James Fox.

Put the date in your diary NOW!
Monday 10th October at Caxton Books & Gallery…
3.30pm for children and 6pm for grown ups!

This is a FREE event, but we would be grateful if you could let us know if you are coming as space is limited in the shop.

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Crime and Canapés with Author James Henry

September 8th, 2016 by sally

james-henryblackwater-bookWe do hope you can join us for Crime and Canapés with Author James Henry

Walton & Frinton Yacht Club

Monday 26th September 6.30 for 7pm

James Henry, best-selling author of the DI Jack Frost prequels, Fatal Frost & Morning Frost, will be introducing us to Blackwater: the start of a new Essex based police procedural series set in the 1980s.

DI Nicolas Lowry is called in to investigate an illicit shipment bound for Colchester – one hundred kilograms of powder that will frantically accelerate tensions in the town and leave its own murderous trace.

Tensions are also running high in Colchester CID as DI Lowry attempts to keep his overly enthusiastic and flashy DC Kenton in check as well as manage the newest police recruit, WPC Jane Gabriel whose striking beauty is turning heads.

James Henry’s writing is vivid and compelling, with great evocation of the 1980s period. (Peter James)

 Tickets £15 which includes a glass of wine, canapés and a copy of James’ latest book, Blackwater

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