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


We are open 7 days a week: 9.30 to 6.00 pm on Monday to Saturday (except for 'early' closing at 5.30 pm on Wednesday); and 10.30 to 5.30 on Sundays.

Teenage Book Club for all young readers: meet at the bookshop on 17th April to discuss Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner.



Signed copies of Margaret Atwood's novel MADDADDAM available: call now to buy your copy. Only a few left.

Early copies of Jonathan Meades' memoir, The Encyclopedia of Myself available now.

Thank you to out wonderful audience at the 13th Aldeburgh Literary Festival .

Next Bookshop Bookclub meeting is the first Monday of May: Colm Toibin, The Testament of Mary

Woodford Valley Conservatives: a Year in Minutes.  Now available at £7.50.  Intrigued?  Read here for further details.

The Aldeburgh Bookshop is a traditional independent bookshop situated on the High Street in the picturesque town of Aldeburgh.  It was founded in 1949 and the current owners, John and Mary James, have run the shop since 2000.  The shop stocks 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).

May News: we are delighted to announce that we have signed copies of John le Carre's new novel A Delicate TruthJohn le Carre was in Aldeburgh for a private signing.  Call us now to reserve your signed copy.


 The Aldeburgh Bookshop Bookclub: first Monday of each month at 6.00 pm.  All are welcome.

We can get most books to order within 24 hours.

Books can be ordered by phone or fax 01728 452389, e-mail johnandmary@aldeburghbookshop.co.uk, or contact us here.

We post books all over the world, too.  We sell National Book Tokens, and we have our own Aldeburgh Bookshop vouchers.

Open Mondays to Saturday from 9.30 am to 6.00 pm (except Wednesday when we close at 5.30 pm).  Open Sundays from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm.

The Aldeburgh Bookshop has been in business for over 60 years.  The owners, John and Mary James, took on the shop in 2000.  In April 2005 we won the 'Nibby' (the Oscar of the Booktrade) for The Independent Bookshop of the Year Award at The British Book Awards.  Recently in October 2010 we were included in the Independent's list of The 50 Best Bookshops, and we were placed 4th in the Independent's list of The 50 Best Bookshops in the UK in 2008.

We also run The Aldeburgh Literary Festival which takes place at the beginning of March.  The dates for next year's Festival are Friday 28th February, 1st and 2nd March 2014.


Apart from the Bible and Shakespeare: our readers suggest their Desert Island Books.  First this year we have Mark Fairweather's list.  That of Peter Sinfield of King Crimson fame can be viewed here too.



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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