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Welcome to cj-books-etc

2020 and 2021 didn't going as planned
- let's hope that that things turn out better in 2022

One thing's for sure though - books are here to stay!


Check out our bargain boxes and escape into a good book.


How about an historical novel - ancient history, crusaders, Napoleonic, or even a spot of romance?

Crime and thrillers are always good for giving the 'little grey cells' a good work-out.

To get completely off world, sci-fi or fantasy hits the spot perfectly!

kidsescape And don't forget the kids. We have great collections for girls and boys of all ages from their favourite characters to new ones they might not have tried. Take their minds off what is happening around them in the world and help them get through this period of uncertainly.

Many of us have a bit more time on our hands and perhaps the opportunity to learn something new or study more. We have a vast range of textbooks for all levels from early learners just starting out on the wonderful world of learning, up to expert level where learning is a part of your life.

At cj-books-etc we are passionate about books and learning. Browse our pages and if you don't see what you are looking for, just ask us - you never know, we might have it!

Delivery Information

deliveryinfo Coronavirus

As a small family firm, all stock is kept on site and dispatch is handled by one person with posting done wherever possible without contact with others.

Couriers are taking measures to minimise any risks whilst maintaining service levels. This may include measures such as leaving parcels in safe places and avoiding contact with customers on deliveries by taking names rather than getting signatures. If you have any special instructions such as leaving parcels in a safe place, please leave a clear note for your postman or delivery person.


We are based in the UK and continue to welcome customers from the EU, but advise that you contact us directly during the purchase process so that we may clarify postage costs and any import/export formalities.

We wish you all good health and good humour.
Keep your spirits up and your stress levels down.

CJ and the Team

What's new?

e-Gift Voucher

giftwrap Can't decide on what to buy that special friend or relative?
Why not let them choose their own jigsaw or book.

Give them an e-Gift Voucher.

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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.

Vintage books make great gifts for discerning readers!

CJ's Jigsaw Grading Scale


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.

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.

Collectible Pocket Books


Pocket Books have always been a treat for all ages, whether they are humorous of informative. Our range of collectible pocket books includes rare examples dating back to the early part of the twentieth century which provide a fascinating insight into publications which were often given either as free gifts or as handy sources of practical information.

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 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.

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.


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!

e-Gift Voucher


Can't decide on what to buy that special friend or relative? Why not let them choose their own jigsaw or book.

Give them an e-Gift Voucher.

Recipient's Name:

Recipient's Email:

Gift Wrapping


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

This is available for £3.50 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.