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


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

2014 Literary Festival Programme Confirmed

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

Supper Book Club – 21st August – Frinton Tennis Club

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. 

Tim Dowling comes to Frinton

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!!