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



The 16th Aldeburgh Literary Festival Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th March 2017

The programme will packed and posted early January 2017.  Estimated date of arrival on doormats: Saturday January 7th.  Please note we will not take email, scanned or telephone orders for tickets until Monday 16th January.  Booking forms must be returned to the bookshop in person or by post and will be dealt with in otder of arrival.

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The Aldeburgh Bookshop Book Club

Announcement: Meeting cancelled

Monday January 9th at 6 pm.  Are you intrigued to read this year's Man Booker Prize Winning Novel?  Read on: it is The Sellout by Paul Beatty.

Please note the date of this meeting--we have moved it on a week to avoid New Year.


Monday February 13th at 6 pm.   The Book of the Year 2016 for many reviewers and one of my top favourites of the year.  It is 'the best 18th century novel since the 18th century' (Front Row).  It is also exciting, pacy, mysterious and thoughtful.  Everything an historical novel ought to be.

Join us to discuss.  Please note we are meeting on the second Monday in the month for various reasons. 


The Aldeburgh Literary Festival

Next year's dates: Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th March 2017

'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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