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The Aldeburgh Bookshop Book Club and Spring Events 2017
Aldeburgh Bookshop Forthcoming Events

Saturday 27th May at 6 pm
Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Peculiar Ground

Prize-winning biographer, Lucy Hughes-Hallett, author of The Pike which won the Samuel Johnson Prize, has now written her first novel, set on the Wychwood estate in the 17th and 20th century.  'Peculiar Ground is so clever and beautifully written, it gripped me from start to end. I abandoned work and family to finish it.’ Roddy Doyle.

Saturday 3rd June at 6 pm
Lois Austen-Leigh, The Incredible Crime

This crime novel by the granddaughter of Jane Austen’s nephew – supposedly written on the very desk used by her illustrious ancestor – has been shrouded in mystery since it fell out of print.  Now the British Library is re-issuing The Incredible Crime, hailed as “the very essence of mystery” when it was first published in 1931 as part of the library’s Crime Classics series.  What is of even more local interest is that Lois Austen-Leigh lived in Aldeburgh and the novel is set partly in Cambridge and partly in Suffolk. 

We will be joined by Professor Kirsten Saxton, Professor of English, and Director of the M.A. in English Language and Literature at Mills College, California. Professor Saxton has edited and written the introduction to this new edition.


Saturday 10th June at 6.30 pm (note the slightly later start time)

Thomas Dolby, Speed of Sound

‘The engaging, emotional, funny and surprising’ (JJ Abrams) memoir of electronic music and technology pioneer Thomas DolbyThomas Dolby is a five-time Grammy nominee, whose ‘She Blinded Me With Science’ reached number 5 on the US Billboard charts in 1982, appeared in Breaking Bad, and was even covered by The Muppets...Based on his meticulous notes and journals, The Speed of Sound chronicles Dolby’s life in the music business during the eighties; in Silicon Valley through the nineties, and at the forefront of the mobile phone revolution around the turn of the millennium – it was Dolby who created the synthesizer installed today on most mobile phones.

With humour and a considerable panache for storytelling, The Speed of Sound is a revealing look behind the curtain of the music industry, as well as a unique history of technology over the past thirty years. From sipping Chablis with Bill Gates to visiting Michael Jackson at his mansion or viewing the Web for the first time on Netscape founder Jim Clark’s laptop, this is both the view from the ultimate insider and also that of a technology pioneer whose groundbreaking ideas have helped shape the way we live today.



Monday 12th June at 1 pm at The Jubilee Hall
Salley Vickers, Cousins

Salley Vickers will be signing copies of her newly published paperback, Cousins, at the end of the Study Morning on A Midsummer Night's Dream hosted by the Britten-Pears Foundation at the Jubilee Hall. Told through the eyes of three women close to Will, his sister, his grandmother and his aunt, the novel takes us from the outbreak of World War Two to the present day, exploring the recurrence of tragedy, the nature of trangression, and the limits of morality and love.


The Aldeburgh Bookshop Book Club meets at 6 pm on the first Monday of the month.  All welcome.

June choice

Monday 5th June 2017

Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun by Sarah Ladipo Manyika.

'A fiction about a septuagenarian black woman is almost completely unchartered territory in British literature, marking it out as innovative subject matter. This novel also eschews plot and employs multiple narrators and subtle shifts in points of view to build a portrait of a Nigerian yoga enthusiast who guards and enjoys her independence, even when circumstances conspire otherwise. It is a unique meditation on loneliness, and the desire to live fully into old age.' (Bernardine Evaristo).  The novel was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize last year.


3rd July 2017

Marilynne Robinson


Housekeeping is a novel by Marilynne Robinson. It was published in 1980, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and awarded the PEN/Hemingway Award for best first novel.


The Aldeburgh Literary Festival

Next year's dates: Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th March 2018 

'arguably the most important, high quality and diverse celebration of the written word in the East of England ...'


All over for another year: thank you very much to our fantastic speakers and our loyal audience for the talks, the questions and the conversations.  We will be posting reviews and photos shortly. 

'... 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)



The Aldeburgh Bookshop Book Club meets on the first Monday of each month at 6.00 pm in the bookshop.  Everyone is welcome.  See Book Club page for details of forthcoming sessions

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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