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



The Aldeburgh Bookshop Book Club

Dates for your diary
All take place at the Bookshop
(except October, see details below)
at 6 pm.  All are welcome.

Monday 1st October 2018

Still a few places left

Visit to the Peter Owen Publishers Archive in Saxmundham
and Presentation of Finding Nemon by Aurelia Young

Peter Owen (1927–2016) started his company aged twenty-four with a typewriter as his only equipment. As the company started to flourish– his first editor was Muriel Spark--he was able to bring some of the very best international literature to what was a very insular British market.

In the decades since then, Peter Owen Publishers continues the tradition of producing new and interesting writing. The company has published seven Nobel Prize winners, including Hermann Hesse, Octavio Paz and Isaac Bashevis Singer, and boasts a backlist that includes some of the most talented and important writers from all over the world.

Managing Director Nick Kent and Antonia Owen have recently moved the entire archive to Saxmundham and they have kindly invited us to visit.  We will also be introduced to Aurelia Young, whose book about her father the sculptor Oscar Nemon will be published by Peter Owen Books at the end of September.

There will be room for about 12 people on this visit, so could you sign up here if you are interested in coming.  We will meet at Saxmundham.

Click here to read more about Aurelia Young and her father.

 Monday 5th November

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

by Muriel Barbery


Virigina Woolf

The Waves



HighTide Festival in Aldeburgh

HighTide in association with the Aldeburgh Bookshop present author events

These events are at The Aldeburgh Cinema

Tickets available from the HighTide Box Office: www.hightide.org.uk


Saturday 15th September at 3.15 pm


Patrick Gale in conversation with Catherine Larner






Sunday 16th September at 11.00 am


Kate Mosse in conversation with William Sieghart





Prue Leith

at The Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival


Prue Leith will be discussing her life and love of cooking with Thomasina Miers.  We will be launching Prue's book, Prue, her first cookery book in twenty-five years.  In it the Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith draws on a life-long passion for food with a hundred recipes from her own kitchen table.   The Aldeburgh Food Festival is Prue's first stop -- it's an exciting opportunity to come and hear Prue.  Tickets £32 include Free Entry to the Festival and a signed copy of the new book, Prue.



Tickets available now from www.aldeburghfoodanddrink.co.uk


Now in stock: Aldeburgh Bookshop Bags

Lime green  £8.99


The Aldeburgh Literary Festival

Thursday 28th February to Sunday 3rd March 2019

'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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