Red Lion Books

Proudly Independent Bookshop since 1978, based in Colchester and delivering books nationally


Red Lion Books has been owned and run by Peter and Sarah Donaldson since 1978.  The shop is proudly independent, open 6 days a week selling a wide range of new titles across many genres. They, and the team at Red Lion Books, offer a huge amount of experience and enthusiasm.

We offer a thoughtfully curated, wide range of stock but can order thousands of other titles and using an overnight order service deliver books nationally.

We are happy to advise, suggest and research titles so please contact us for advice or to place an order. You can also order through our shop via which offers a brilliant search facility.

National book delivery service

We accept and sell national book tokens as well as our own Red Lion Books tokens

We welcome book clubs and run 5 of our own at the shop for different age groups: 7-10, 11-13, 13+ and grown-ups.  Our grown-up book club is well established with over 100 members meeting monthly

We love to promote our monthly UNDERWRAPS which is wrapped up, carefully selected, new fiction, sold as a ‘blind date’ book.

We offer a subscription service.

We are proud to have close links with the Essex Book Festival.

We enjoy good relationships with local schools, advising on and delivering relevant books within set budgets.


125 High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1SZ

Telephone: 01206 578584



Social Media

Twitter: @RedLionBooks

Instagram: redlionbooks


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