The Aldeburgh Bookshop, 42 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5AB. 01728 452389. firstname.lastname@example.org
WINNER OF THE INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOP OF THE YEAR AT THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS
The Aldeburgh Bookshop is a traditional independent bookshop situated on the High Street in the picturesque town of Aldeburgh. It was founded in 1949 and the current owners, John and Mary James, have run the shop since 2000. The shop stocks a wide range of history, biography, fiction, travel writing and books on Suffolk, as well as cookery, gardening, natural history and a dedicated children's department. We operate a booksearch service, and we any of our staff are happy to advise customers. We can get most books in stock by the following working day, and we post parcels all over the world.
'This great local bookshop is the best place to browse and buy for miles around – and is the epitome what a bookstore should be: well-stocked, welcoming and staffed by people who love books. The owners, John and Mary James, have been just over a decade, and won the 'Independent Bookshop of the Year' and the British Book Awards a few years ago, and the only wonder is that they haven't won it since, not only because their range is wide, well-chosen and beautifully displaye, with a regular churn of new and interesting volumes on tables, but also for the general ambience of the place, and its contribution to the local community - they run a book club once a month on Monday evenings, organise the annual Aldeburgh Literary Festival and even invite their regulars to share their Desert island Books, which naturally none can resist.' (www.coolplaces.co.uk).
'The Aldeburgh Bookshop has retained an inviting atmosphere and boasts a fantastic selection that simply makes it an ideal hunting ground for literary treasures - for our whole family, aged 13 to 45.' (Monica Koch in The Guardian).
May News: we are delighted to announce that we have signed copies of John le Carre's new novel A Delicate Truth. John le Carre was in Aldeburgh this morning for a private signing. Call us now to reserve your signed copy.
Monday 10th June at 5.00 pm. Tamara Britten celebrates the publication of the Karibu Kenya Accommodation Guide.
Saturday 15th June at 1.30 pm. Simon Loftus is launching his family memoir, The Invention of Memory, an Irish Family History.
Tuesday June 18th from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm at The Aldeburgh Cinema. Book Launch / Cello Recital with Sally Schweizer and cellist Nicholas Cooper. Reprint of My Brother Benjamin by Beth Britten, with a new Preface by Sally Schweizer. Recital by Nicholas Cooper from Britten’s First Suite for Cello.
The Aldeburgh Bookshop Bookclub: first Monday of each month at 6.00 pm. All are welcome.
Monday June 3rd at The Aldeburgh Bookshop at 6.00 pm. In his book, What Good Are the Arts?, John Carey takes on our preconceptions and comes up with some surprising answers.
Monday July 1st at The Aldeburgh Bookshop at 6.00 pm. Rose Macaulay, The Towers of Trebizond.
We can get most books to order within 24 hours.
We post books all over the world, too. We sell National Book Tokens, and we have our own Aldeburgh Bookshop vouchers.
Open Mondays to Saturday from 9.30 am to 6.00 pm (except Wednesday when we close at 5.30 pm). Open Sundays from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm.
The Aldeburgh Bookshop has been in business for over 60 years. The owners, John and Mary James, took on the shop in 2000. In April 2005 we won the 'Nibby' (the Oscar of the Booktrade) for The Independent Bookshop of the Year Award at The British Book Awards. Recently in October 2010 we were included in the Independent's list of The 50 Best Bookshops, and we were placed 4th in the Independent's list of The 50 Best Bookshops in the UK in 2008.
We also run The Aldeburgh Literary Festival which takes place at the beginning of March. The dates for next year's Festival to be announced.
Apart from the Bible and Shakespeare: our readers suggest their Desert Island Books. First this year we have Mark Fairweather's list. That of Peter Sinfield of King Crimson fame can be viewed here too.