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




Christmas Book Launch

Friday 14th December from 6 pm at The Aldeburgh Bookshop

Maggi Hambling CBE

will present her new book about her father's paintings

Join us for wine and mince pies.  Maggi will say a few words about the book at 6.30 pm.  The book will be available at the special price of £15 (reduced from £20).  This beautifully-produced book celebrates the work of Maggi's father, the visionary Suffolk artist, Harry Hambling, who took up painting when he retired from his job at the bank in Hadleigh.

All are welcome. 


Have you bought your Alde & Ore Charity Christmas cards yet?  Local artists Emma Chichester Clark and Helen Napper have kindly donated images of the Alde River as Christmas cards to be sold in aid of the AOET Flood Fund.  £6.00 for a pack of 6 cards (3 of each design).


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.

Monday 3rd December

The Aldeburgh Bookshop Book Club

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery


The Aldeburgh Bookshop Book Club

Monday 7th January

Mrs Osmond by John Banville (sequel to The Portrtait of a Lady by Henry James)


The Aldeburgh Bookshop Book Club

Monday 11th February (please note the change of date)

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

The Aldeburgh Bookshop Book Club is joining forces with the Aldeburgh Cinema Film Club and we will meet at the Cinema (timing tbc) to talk about Satrapi's graphic memoir and watch the film of the book which she also wrote and directed.


The Aldeburgh Bookshop Book Club

Monday 4th March

The House By The Marsh by William Blyghton

William Blyghton is a pseudonym used by an Aldeburgh resident who may be known to many.  The real author will be joining us to discuss his book, which is the first of his Suffolk trilogy.


The Aldeburgh Bookshop Book Club

Monday 1st April

Somebody I Used To Know by Wendy Mitchell


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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