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Christmas posting times


Below are the suggested last posting dates for various destinations both in the UK and Abroad. To ensure that that special gift gets either to you or to your loved ones in time for Christmas, please try to order ASAP. The last order times cannot guarantee a dispatch if there is any problem with your order but we will try our best to make sure your parcel is dispatched promptly. It is always best to provide an email which you check regularly and/or a mobile phone number in case there is any problem we need to contact you about.

Suggested last posting date


Latest order time (GMT) to ensure dispatch

Mon 9th Dec

Japan, Eastern Europe

8am Mon 9th

Thu 1th Dec

Australia and New Zealand

8am Thu 12th

Sat 14th Dec

Italy, Canada, Poland, USA

3pm Fri 13th

Mon 16th Dec

Germany, Netherlands, Portugal Spain, Switzerland

8am Mon 16th

Wed 18th Dec

UK, Ireland, Belgium, France

8am Wed 18th

Fri 20th Dec

UK 1st class (additional postage charges apply for 1st class or special delivery services)

8am Fri 20th

Only the main destinations we ship to regularly are listed above. If you want delivery to any other country, please contact us to discuss last order times and delivery charges.

What's new?

CJ's Jigsaw Grading Scale


New for 2019, our jigsaw puzzle grading scale will help you choose the right puzzle for you. All puzzle will be graded - eventually! But if there is a particular puzzle you are not sure about, just ask us if it hasn't been graded yet.

You can find CJ's Jigsaw Grading Scale on our Jigsaw Page.

Vintage Children's Books

The best way to relive our childhoods has to be through the books we read. And also reading books written long before we were born give us a wonderful insight into the childhoods of our parents and grandparents and what shaped them, their views and dreams.

All of us at cj-books-etc love our vintage books and children's books in particular. The fun, innocent and simple, the wonder, and the feelgood factor are irresistible so browse our growing selections and maybe find your favourites. We have also included books in languages other than English and translations of well-loved books from other countries in our Worldwide section.

Don't forget we have a finding service (details at the bottom of the page) where we will hopefully find any book you are looking for which isn't on our pages.

Vintage books also make great gifts for discerning readers!

Folio Society Editions


Books are not just functional items but can also be works of art in themselves. And for the best examples of these you are hard pressed to find finer than the Folio Society Editions.

Click through to our dedicated Folio Society Editions page to browse the fine examples we have on offer here at cj-books-etc.

Observer Pocket Books and Collins Gems

observer Observer Pocket Books are a part of British literary history. Most people have owned (or borrowed) a copy covering a particular interest they had. Check out our great selection of Observer Books and maybe restart or even complete your collection.

Collins Gems Collins Gems have been a firm favourite for generations. Choose from a selection of these classic guides packed with information in a clear and full colour coded format.

The Mathematical Intelligencer


We are delighted to be able to offer a comprehensive selection of back issues of the classic popular mathematics magazine The Mathematical Intelligencer.

Published by Springer Verlag, the Intelligencer covers a wide range of mathematical topics with each issue having something for everyone. It's "about mathematics, about mathematicians, and about the history and culture of mathematics."

Click through to our feature page.

Ted Blaylock


We are really excited to bring to you a selection of jigsaws of paintings by Ted Blaylock. Blaylock is a renowned self-taught award winning American artist who has brought the nature and history of his country to life. Take a look at our new Ted Blaylock feature page which includes an interview video with the man himself.

For all Thomas Kinkade fans, check out Blaylock's puzzles which we think give Kinkade a run for his money. They portray an earthier side to American history than Kinkade, but his attention to detail and majestic scenery bring his paintings to life. Well worth a look!

STAR TREK - to boldly go where no-one has gone before!

Star Trek

Check out our new Star Trek feature page where there are books for all Trekkies, old and new including vintage publications and great value collections.

Whether you think Star Trek is just fun entertainment or much much more, there is something for you on cj-books-etc where Trek fans can find books from The Original Series through to Enterprise.

Gibson's Heritage Jigsaws


These iconic square boxed jigsaws from Gibson's are always a joy to assemble. They depict works by famous artists and photographers and are constructed from the same high quality pieces that are a trade mark of Gibson's. Check out our great range of puzzles in this series on our Heritage Jigsaws page.



We are pleased to stock items in one of our favourite special interest areas: trains and railways both past and present. From the Flying Scotsman to the huge American locomotives; from the Orient Express to the branch lines of bygone times, there is something for every rail enthusiast on our dedicated Railway Books and Railway Jigsaws pages.

Vintage Annuals

Annuals We all remember the books we had as children and what more fun books were there than the Annual. Almost an obligatory Christmas present, they gave hours of fun without a battery or computer chip in sight!

All of us here at cj-books-etc love old books and old children's books are the best. We are delighted to have on offer a great selection of vintage children's annuals and comics and not to leave us adults out, we also have a fabulous selection of rare adult annuals and comics.

So check out our Vintage Annuals section where we have many selections of books on offer.

Thomas Kinkade Jigsaws

Thomas Kinkade Jigsaws

Our selection of Thomas Kinkade jigsaw puzzles is expanding. Check out our range on our dedicated Thomas Kinkade page.

If you're a Thomas Kinkade fan then you are sure to find something you like. But if the particular puzzle you are looking for isn't there, fear not! We have many more waiting to be carefully checked and listed. Just contact us and we will let you know when they are ready to purchase.


Winston Churchill

We are pleased to stock a number of classic items by this towering figure whose leadership skills were matched only by his wit, wisdom and scholarship.


Check out our dedicated History page for details.

Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

We are pleased to stock a number of books by this outstanding writer, poet, journalist, activist and much more.


Check out our dedicated Maya Angelou page for more about this influential character.


As well as books we have always loved jigsaws. Check out our current offerings on our jigsaw pages. We have jigsaws of Thomas Kinkade, Wasgijs, Photomosaics, Murder Mysteries and many more to follow.

Did you find what you are looking for?

searching Here on the cj-books-etc website we specialise in certain areas to bring you a great selection of often unique books and puzzles. We also have thousands of other items available for sale but our website at the moment only shows our selected items, mainly in our specialist areas.

The selections on offer on our website are increasing all the time but for general books and puzzles, on all subjects, it is best to simply contact us direct with details of any item you are looking for as we may well have it in stock!

Finding Service

And if not, then there is always our Finding Service for those hard to obtain titles, be it an out-of-print book, a specific edition, or out-of-production jigsaw etc.

We have many very satisfied clients who have used our finding service again and again confident in the knowledge that we will try our hardest to find them the item they want at a reasonable price and in as good a condition as possible. So just contact us with details of the item and we'll do all the hard work for you.

Gift Wrapping


For that special gift, why not add gift wrapping to your order.

This is available for £2.00 per item. Gift wrapping can be added to your order at checkout. Don't forget to let us know the wording for the gift card.


Thomas Kinkade

Thomas Kinkade

Thomas Kinkade was one of the most successful painters of modern times, and Kinkade jigsaws are a joy to behold and a pleasure to complete.

Read more about the 'Painter of light' and see our items for sale on our feature page.