The Aldeburgh Bookshop, 42 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5AB.  01728 452389 johnandmary@aldeburghbookshop.co.uk  



Now in stock: Aldeburgh Bookshop Bags
in a variety of colours


Autumn 2017
Aldeburgh Bookshop Forthcoming Events


Saturday 28th October at 6.00 pm

Gillian Wagner

Miss Palmer's Diary: The Secret Journals of a Victorian Lady




Thursday 16th November at 6.00 pm

The new anniversary edition of Humphrey Burton's acclaimed biography of Leonard Bernstein



Friday 17th November at 6.00pm

Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy

The Sultan's Organ


Closely following a detailed diary kept by Thomas Dallam, The Sultan's Organ reveals the extraordinary world he travelled to as he sailed through the Mediterranean and the Levant before eventually arriving at the beating heart of the Ottoman Empire, Constantinople. This book sheds light on a part of the world which was, and still is, a beguiling, fascinating and challenging place to understand.


Just arrived in stock

Craig Brown's eye-popping account of the most talked-about royal.  Signed copies available.

Ma'am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret


Signed copies available of William Sieghart's The Poetry Pharmacy

William Sieghart will be launching his new anthology of poems.  Prescribed for all manner of spiritual ailments, theses are the essential poems in William's dispensary.  Where you are suffering from loneliness, lack of courage, or even excess of ego, here you will find something to ease your pain.



The Aldeburgh Bookshop Book Club meets at 6 pm on the first Monday of the month.  All welcome 

Monday 6th November at 6.00 pm

The Huntingfield Paintress by Pamela Holmes




Another Year of Plumdog by Emma Chichester Clark.  Out now.




Thank you to all who came to Maggie Scorer's book launch for Dog on Tour, her account of her extraordinary cycle road round Britain with Oscar the dog.  All the bookshop proceeds from the sale of the book -- a massive £900 -- went to Maggie's charities Sands and Bloodwise.


The Aldeburgh Literary Festival

Next year's dates: Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th March 2018 

'arguably the most important, high quality and diverse celebration of the written word in the East of England ...'


All over for another year: thank you very much to our fantastic speakers and our loyal audience for the talks, the questions and the conversations.  We will be posting reviews and photos shortly. 

'... a Festival in every sense' (Frances Wilson) 

'The best lit fest of the lot by a mile' (Matt Ridley) 


'I was moved, and interested, and amused' (Jenny Uglow)



The Aldeburgh Bookshop Book Club meets on the first Monday of each month at 6.00 pm in the bookshop.  Everyone is welcome.  See Book Club page for details of forthcoming sessions

We are a traditional independent bookshop situated on the High Street in the fashionable town of Aldeburgh.  The bookshop was founded in 1949 and the current owners, John and Mary James, have run the shop since 2000.  We stock 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).



Books can be ordered by phone or fax 01728 452389, e-mail johnandmary@aldeburghbookshop.co.uk, or contact us here.

We sell National Book Tokens, and we have our own Aldeburgh Bookshop vouchers.

We also run The Aldeburgh Literary Festival which takes place at the beginning of March.  The dates for next year's Festival are Thursday 2nd to Sunday5th March 2017.


 We stock the most fantastic range of greetings cards, wrapping paper, notebooks, playing cards and other stationery.


The Aldeburgh Bookshop would like to thank Hugh, The Mac Doctor, for his expert advice and help in setting up this website and Shelton Websites for their excellent technical provision.

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