The Aldeburgh Bookshop, 42 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5AB.  01728 452389



Book of the Month

July 2019

The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo

Jonathan Franzen meets Anne Tyler in this readable novel about a dysfunctional American family of four daughters.


The Aldeburgh Bookshop Book Club
Dates for your diary
All take place at the Bookshop at 6 pm.  All are welcome.  No previous book club experience necessary.

Book Club Book for August 5th
Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata


"To stay in the convenience store, you have to become a store worker. That's simple enough, you just wear a uniform and do as the manual says. And before you say anything, it was the same in Stone Age society, too. As long as you wear the skin of what's considered an ordinary person and follow the manual, you won't be driven out of the village or treated as a burden."

Full of wit and profundity in equal measure, Convenience Store Woman tells the story of Kieko, whose understated but keen-eyed take on life has been described as 'absurd, comical, cute... audacious and precise' (Hiromi Kawakami, author of Strange Weather in Tokyo). Join us to discuss what we hope will be a highly enjoyable novel. 

The Book Club will be meeting at 6pm on the 5th of August to discuss this book.


Book Club Book for September 2nd
Milkman by Anna Burns

Join us to discuss the politically charged winner of the 2018 Man-Booker Prize. Anna Burns' latest novel captures the violence and uncertainty of the Troubles of Northern Ireland: a world in which perception and rumour carry more weight than truth. 

The Book Club will be meeting at 6pm on the 2nd of September to discuss this book.


The Aldeburgh Literary Festival

The 19th Aldeburgh Literary Festival will take place: Thursday 5th to 8th March 2020

'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 a wide 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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