Coffee & Cake with author LIZ TRENOW

Friday 27th March – Oasis Café from 2-4pm
Tickets £5 

Colchester-based novelist, Liz Trenow, joins us to talk about the inspiration behind her latest book, Under a Wartime Sky, set around the development of radar at Bawdsey, Suffolk during World War II.

Bawdsey Manor holds a secret.

1936: the threat of war hangs over Europe. Churchill gathers the brightest minds in Britain at a grand house in Suffolk. Bound to complete secrecy, they work together on an invention that could mean victory for the Allies. Among them is Vic, a gifted but shy physicist who, for the first time, feels like he belongs. Local girl Kathleen wants to do more than serving tea and biscuits to ‘do her bit’.
So when the Bawdsey team begin to recruit women to operate their top secret system, she dedicates herself to this life-or-death work. Kath and Vic form an unlikely friendship as the skies over Britain fill with German bombers. Little does Kath know just whose life she will change forever, one fateful night . . .Based on the real history of Bawdsey Manor, Under a Wartime Sky, is a novel about courage, belonging and hope.



Please note that the new date for the launch of Lesley’s latest ‘Flinstead-on-sea’ psychological thriller is

THURSDAY – 27th February – 6pm at McGrigor Hall.

Who Did you Tell? was published on 9th January and we have signed copies in the shop now.

Crime and Wine with Lesley Kara

Join us for the launch of Lesley’s second gripping psychological thriller set in ‘Flinstead-on-Sea’!

Tuesday 14th January –  McGrigor Hall from 6-7.30pm  Tickets £5.00

Every town has its secrets. Lesley Kara knows them all . . .

From the author of 2019’s biggest crime thriller debut, The Rumour, comes an addictive new novel . . .

It’s been 192 days, seven hours and fifteen minutes since her last drink. Now Astrid is trying to turn her life around.

Having reluctantly moved back in with her mother, in a quiet seaside town away from the temptations and painful memories of her life before, Astrid is focusing on her recovery. She’s going to meetings. Confessing her misdeeds. Making amends to those she’s wronged.

But someone knows exactly what Astrid is running from. And they won’t stop until she learns that some mistakes can’t be corrected.

Some mistakes, you have to pay for . .


Caxton Book & Gallery Crowd Funder goes LIVE!

Caxton Books and Gallery is
Crowd Funding to keep the bookshop and gallery in Frinton!


We greatly appreciate every pledge and donation that can be made, both online through the crowd funder page, or over the counter in the shop.

The project is now LIVE!

Please SHARE as much as you can – we are relying on reaching as many people as possible, through as many media connections and conversations as we can.

Come into the shop and snap a picture with our sign


so that we can put the picture on our Community Tree in the window.

We want to show all the faces of our supporters and community members – or send a selfie with your favourite book and we’ll put that up too!

We would love you to come in and have a chat with us, or look out for more information on Facebook, local news outlets or in our shop window. 

Why does the bookshop need your support?

In the journey to secure a reasonable middle ground on negotiations concerning significant rent increases and lease terms, we have incurred significant legal and surveyor fees, which continue to grow as we continue to negotiate.

We are now asking Frinton’s loyal community to show their support by pledging donations, to help us ride out the storm and keep Caxtons at the heart of Frinton.


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.