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



Book Launch


6 pm on Saturday 2nd June


Frances Welch

The Imperial Tea Party

Family Politics and Betrayal, the ill-fated British and Russian Royal Alliance




Written with Frances Welch’s famously dry eye for detail, this is another fascinating and revealing look at a slice of Russian history.


Russia and Britain were never natural bedfellows. But the marriage, in 1894, of Queen Victoria’s favourite grand-daughter, Alicky, to the Tsar Nicholas marked the beginning of an uneasy Anglo-Russian entente that would last until the Russian Revolution of 1917. 


As Frances recounts in her inimitable wry style, the three extraordinary meetings that took place during those years, although well-intentioned and generally hailed as successes, were beset by misunderstandings and misfortunes.


Book Launch


6.00 pm on Saturday 9th June


Carole Massey

Drawing for the Absolute Beginner




Carole will present her step-by-step guide to drawing with demonstrations.  If you have always wanted to learn to draw but lack the confidence to start, Drawing for the Absolute Beginner is the book for you. The author, Carole Massey, is an accomplished artist with many years' experience of teaching and demonstrating, and even the most hesitant of beginners will soon pick up the skills and techniques needed to start drawing. The book is a complete drawing course, designed to help you progress from simple techniques such as lines, circles, squares and ellipses through to capturing landscapes, figures and buildings. 


Book Launch


2.30 pm on Monday 11th June  


Paul Kildea.  Chopin's Piano:

A Journey through Romanticism

In November 1838 Frédéric Chopin, George Sand and her two children sailed to Majorca to escape the Parisian winter. There was scarcely a decent piano on the island, so Chopin worked on a small pianino made by a local craftsman, which remained in their monastic cell for seventy years after he and Sand had left.  This brilliant and unclassifiable book traces the history of Chopin's 24 Preludes through the instruments on which they were played, the pianists who interpreted them and the traditions they came to represent.


Paul Kildea is a writer and conductor who has performed many of the Britten works he writes about. He was Head of Music at the Aldeburgh Festival between 1999 and 2002 Artistic Director of the Wigmore Hall, and now lives in Australia.




Poetry Reading


7 pm on Tuesday 19th June

at The Aldeburgh Parish Church



Tickets now available @ £15 (including wine)


Poetry Reading


7 pm on Tuesday 19th June

at The Aldeburgh Parish Church



Tickets now available @ £15 (including wine)

The Poet Laureate and Friends are coming to Aldeburgh

Carol Ann Duffy - Poet Laureate

Jackie Kay - Scottish Makar

Gillian Clarke - Former National Poet of Wales

Imtiaz Dharker - Gold Medal Winner

East Anglian poet: Rebecca Goss

with musical accompaniment by John Sampson
Tickets £15.00 (include a glass of wine) available now from The Aldeburgh Bookshop 01728 452389

The Aldeburgh Bookshop and Picador Poetry are very excited to welcome this distinguished gathering of national poets to Aldeburgh as part of their Shore2Shore tour.  Full timetable www.aldeburghbookshop.co.uk

Book Launch


7 pm on Friday 29th June


Sarah Langford.  In Your Defence.



Sarah Langford is a barrister. Her job is to stand in court representing the mad and the bad, the vulnerable, the heartbroken and the hopeful. She must become their voice: weave their story around the black and white of the law and tell it to the courtroom. With remarkable candour, Sarah describes eleven cases which reveal what goes on in our criminal and family courts. She examines how she feels as she defends the person standing in the dock. She tells compelling stories - of domestic fall out, everyday burglary, sexual indiscretion, and children caught up in the law - that are sometimes shocking and often heart-stopping.

Sarah Langford has been a practising barrister since 2006, both in London and around the country, principally in criminal and family law. She was awarded a scholarship from Gray's Inn of Court and went on to train as a barrister. She lives with her husband and two small boys in Debenham, Suffolk.


The Aldeburgh Bookshop Book Club meets on the first Monday of each month at 6.00 pm in the bookshop.  Everyone is welcome.


Monday 4th June

Based on a True Story by Delphine de Vigan

'A wonderful literary trompe l'oeil: a book about friendship, writing and the boundary between reality and fantasy ... Dark, smart, strange, compelling' Harriet Lane, bestselling author of Her


Monday 2nd July at 6.00 pm

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

'A gripping, modern version of a 19th century novel', a 'heroine-driven adventure story' set at a time when women had little freedom to steer their own lives, by the author of A Visit to the Goon Squad.


Now in stock: Aldeburgh Bookshop Bags
in a variety of colours--blue, coral pink and lime green, £7.99


The Aldeburgh Literary Festival

'arguably the most important, high quality and diverse celebration of the spoken word

'... 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)  


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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