We love bookshops. There is nothing like browsing the shelves in a local bookstore and sharing your passion for books with the dedicated and knowledgeable people who work there.
We’re very lucky to have such wonderful independent bookshops in Essex and we’re committed to supporting them. Here you will find their details. We highly recommend you visit them, buy your books from them, follow them on Social Media and share the fabulous work they all do.
Red Lion Books, Colchester
In the heart of Colchester, along the High Street, sits Red Lion Books. Don’t be fooled by the unassuming shopfront – inside there is a treasure trove of delights for all booklovers. Red Lion Books is Colchester’s Indie bookshop – proudly independent since 1978. With a wide ranging stock, an overnight order service, author events, signings, book clubs, a downstairs gallery space and always service with a smile. This is a local favourite for very good reason.
Between the woods and the water in the shadow of the bell tower of St Mary- the-Virgin you’ll find a rather picturesque 17th century clapboard building, which for the last 44 years, has been home to the Wivenhoe Bookshop. Yet they are not all old-fashioned charm. Their experienced and friendly staff are happy to help and advise (or just leave you alone for a good old browse). But it’s not all just about books… they also have a dining reading group, courses ranging from knitting and creative writing to philosophy and French plus the world’s smallest gallery!
Online shop via uk.bookshop.org/shop/wivenbooks or you can also order books by telephone or email using the contact details above.
Caxton Books, Frinton-on-Sea
Caxton Books & Gallery, owned by the lovely 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. They run a book club and events with local authors. The Gallery exhibits local and East Anglian artwork, ceramics and jewellery. Be sure to pay them a visit while you’re in beautiful Frinton.
Online shop via their website caxton-books.co.uk
Maldon Books is an independent bookshop in the beautiful ancient town of Maldon. It is cosy and friendly and offers a range of new and bestselling titles. They’re a place for book lovers old and new to browse at their own leisure.
“We understand just how much books mean to readers: the simple pleasure of reading without distraction, the moment we finish and close a book that we loved; it is that tranquility, and the sheer joy of reading a good book, that we wanted our bookshop to emanate.”
They also have a giraffe, a tiger and an elephant in their children’s section. Go and see for yourself!
Online shop via their website maldonbooks.com/shop
Jacqson Diego Story Emporium, Westcliff-on-Sea
This award winning children’s bookshop is filled with books, stories and oodles of imagination, creativity and wonder for young people from birth to 16 years. Their space brings together everything they do to inspire children and young people through books and stories on their own terms. Their mission is to match every child with their perfect book and set them on a path of adventure and curiosity for life.
Online shop via uk.bookshop.org/shop/jacqsondiego or you can order via email or telephone.
Chicken and Frog Bookshop, Brentwood
A specialist children’s bookshop with a tuition centre on site, Chicken and Frog Bookshop stock an eclectic mix of diverse books to suit all tastes and interests.
They have a real passion for children’s books and are committed to providing a community-centred bookshop in the heart of Brentwood. The shop stocks all kinds of wonderful books, as well as being a place to drop in for free story times and rhythm & rhyme sessions plus much more.
Online shop via uk.bookshop.org/shop/chickenandfrog
Between the Lines, Great Bardfield
Between the Lines is a small, but beautifully-formed, independent bookshop offering a wide range of fiction and non-fiction for all ages. They opened in June 2013 and are open daily. Book ordering and searches happily undertaken.
Between the Lines
Vine Street, Great Bardfield, Braintree, Essex CM7 4SR
Tel: 01371 810087
Email: [email protected]
Harts Books, Saffron Walden
For over 175 years Hart’s has been Saffron Walden’s independent bookseller of choice, occupying shops in the centre of town. The fabulously friendly team are always on hand to help with all your book-related needs and recommendations. You can reserve books via their website.