We warmly invite you to an evening with
Elaine Bedell talking about her debut novel- About that Night

A sharp, original debut exploring the secrets, scandals & behind-the-scenes drama of TV production from the former Controller of Entertainment at the BBC & Director of Entertainment & Comedy at ITV, Elaine Bedell.
Regular Frinton Summer Theatre-goers may know Elaine’s husband, Clive Brill.

Meet Elaine on Saturday 7th September at 7.30pm at McGrigor Hall
 to hear all about this new venture and buy a signed copy of About that Night.
Tickets £5 from Caxton Books & Gallery


Steven Walker
will be signing his latest book on
Saturday 18th May
from 10 to 11am in the shop

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, a time to consider the scale of the current escalation in child and adolescent mental health problems, which is causing significant concern among parents, teachers and young people themselves.

Steven Walker, a local expert with a 30 year experience and expertise in this area of work is launching his latest book as a practical guide for staff, parents and young people to help them understand what mental illness is, how to recognise it and how to get help and support. Steven has worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) services in Essex and then was appointed Head of Child and Adolescent Mental Health at Anglia Ruskin University where he designed a multi-disciplinary award-winning course to train staff working with children and young people.  He is now semi-retired and works as a sessional lecturer with Post Graduate Psychology students at Essex University in Colchester and as a volunteer Counsellor with the local Youth Enquiry Service.

‘This book makes a rich contribution to the understanding and treatment of children’s mental health at a time when this is desperately needed.  It is well-informed, full of case illustrations to guide the reader, and is written by a compassionate therapist and researcher with a solid grasp of the complex social environment in which children live today.
Dr Chris Nicholson – Head of the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex.

Crime and Canapés with author Bev Thomas

Introducing her debut thriller A Good Enough Mother

Walton & Frinton Yacht Club – Thursday 9th May 6.30 for 7pm

Tickets £7 which includes a glass of wine, canapés and 15% off Bev’s book.

The most dangerous lies are the ones we tell ourselves.

Dr Ruth Hartland rises to difficult tasks. She is the director of a highly respected trauma therapy unit. She is confident, capable and excellent at her job. Today she is preoccupied by her son Tom’s disappearance.          So, when a new patient arrives at the unit – a young man who looks shockingly like Tom – she is floored.

As a therapist, Ruth knows exactly what she should do in the best interests of her client, but as a mother she makes a very different choice – a decision that will have profound consequences.

‘Taut, absorbing and psychologically astute, in A Good Enough Mother Bev Thomas combines all the tension of a thriller with the emotional resonance of a powerful family drama.’ (Paula Hawkins, bestselling author of The Girl on the Train)

Private View of new work by artist Jane Watson

Judith and Sally are delighted to invite you to a

Private View

of new work by artist

Jane Watson


Friday 5th April

from 6.00 – 7.30pm

in the Gallery at Caxton Books
Jane is a self-taught artist living in Wivenhoe.  She paints seascapes, still life and abstracts using a variety of media, including hand-printed tissue papers for collage, which creates a unique depth of texture and colour in her work.  Sparse calm and meditative, with an influence of the St. Ives Artists, her work has become well collected and has sold through the Saatchi online gallery, as well as galleries in the local area and beyond.

We do hope you can join us to meet Jane and enjoy a glass of wine with us.

Tea & Cake with Barbara Anslow

Author of Tin Hats & Rice

Friday 15th March 2019 at Oasis Café from 3-4pm

Tickets £5 including Tea and Cake with Barbara’s Book only £12 (RRP £13.99)

“I can’t visualise us getting out of this, but I want to TRY to believe in a future,” wrote 23-year-old Barbara Anslow (then Redwood) in her diary on 8th December 1941, a few hours after Japan first attacked Hong Kong.

Her 1941-1946 diaries are an invaluable source of information on the civilian experience in British Hong Kong during the second world war, recording her thoughts and experiences through the fighting, the surrender, three-and-a-half years of internment, then liberation and adjustment to normal life. 

Local resident Barbara was thrilled when her diaries were finally published just a couple of months before her 100th Birthday and we are equally delighted to welcome her to Frinton to tell us all about them.

Have you heard the Rumour?

Someonewith a very dark past is living under a new identity in the small seaside town of   Flinstead-on-Sea

Local debut writer Lesley Kara’s forthcomingthriller The Rumour is already making waves and the settingis disturbingly familiar.

Keeps you guessing until the final page,”  Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train.

The Rumour was published on 27th December 2018

To find out all about it. sign up for the exclusive local launch event with Lesley on

 Tuesday 15th January 2019 from 6pm – 7.30pm – NOW at McGrigor Hall



We are delighted to annouce that this year’s Frinton Literary Festival Programme is now complete.

We will be welcoming the following very talented writers and speakers.

Thursday 18th October – Crime and Wine with Isabelle Grey and Elly Griffiths









Friday 19th October – An Evening with Edward Stourton









Saturday 20th October – The Philomena Dwyer Literary Lunch

with Susan Fletcher









Sunday 21st October – Afternoon Tea with Tamsin Treverton Jones







Two Great Author Events for IBW

To celebrate Independent Bookshop Week

Come and hear about

Oggy Boytchev’s

 latest book…a vivid & highly original novel




Tuesday 19th June at McGrigor Hall 7.30pm

Tickets £5 with 10% off Oggy’s book.  There will be a pay bar.

Oggy Boytchev escaped from behind the Iron Curtain in 1986. Soon after, he joined the BBC in London where he spent the next 25 years covering international conflicts.  Latterly, he became John Simpson’s producer and accompanied him on dangerous undercover assignments around the world.

The Unbeliever is a panorama of Cold War paranoia and intrigue spanning four decades, told through the life of one extraordinary – and real – spy.  A story of love, loyalty, ambition and betrayal, it is a gripping and inventive historical novel, perfect for fans of John le Carré.

Then join us at our Annual Garden Party  

with TWO Brilliant Bloomsbury Authors



Friday 22nd June at 6.30pm

Tickets £15 to include your choice of book, a glass of prosecco & canapés.  A pay bar will also be available.


After studying theatre and film, Tor co-founded a dance-theatre company and spent most of her twenties directing, writing and performing.

She then went on to teach drama for several years and choreographed an opera for The Royal College of Music.

A Thousand Paper Birds is her first novel.


Charles Elton was a director of the literary agency Curtis Brown before becoming an independent TV producer, then joining ITV. He left in 2010 when his bestselling novel Mr Toppit, a Richard & Judy Book Club pick, was published.  The Songs is his second novel.

To find out more about the books, please go to our Bookshop page.


Crime & Wine with Author Jill Dawson

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that award-winning poet and novelist

Jill Dawson

will be joining us to talk about her recent novel

The Crime Writer based on Patricia Highsmith’s A Suspension of Mercy,

together with two of her previous acclaimed novels:

The Great Lover and Fred & Edie and Watch Me Disappear

Wednesday 23rd May at 7pm

Walton & Frinton Yacht Club

Tickets £15 to include wine, canapés and one of Jill’s novels.

Jill Dawson was born in Durham, and as a child lived in Essex and Yorkshire, then Staffordshire. She read American Studies at the University of Nottingham, before moving to London in 1983. A year later she won both first prize in City Limits short story competition, and first prize in the Hackney New Writers Poetry competition. In 2006 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by Anglia Ruskin University, in recognition of her ‘exceptional giftedness’ as a writer, and her mentoring work with emerging writers.

Fred & Edie is based on the historic murder trial of Thompson and Bywaters, and was shortlisted for both the 2000 Whitbread Novel Award and the 2001 Orange Prize for Fiction, and voted one of 50 essential novels by a living author. The Great Lover was a best-seller and Richard and Judy Summer Read in 2009 and Watch Me Disappear was long-listed for the Orange Prize in 2006.

For more information about the books, please see our Events page.

Meet the Author of the MUST READ book of the year

EDUCATED by Tara Westover

Friday 13th April at

Oasis Café from 3-4pm

Tickets £5 to include Tea & Cake and £2 off the book.

“[A] superb memoir… Westover’s journey from a remote corner of the American west to one of the world’s grandest seats of learning is extraordinary . . . Her story, of fighting to be herself, is as old as the hills she came from, but Westover gives us such a fresh, absorbing take that it deserves to bring her own private Idaho into the bestseller lists, book groups and, eventually, cinemas.” (The Times)

EDUCATED is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes with the severing of the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, from her singular experience Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes, and the will to change it.

For more information about the book , please click on our Bookshop page.