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



The 18th Aldeburgh Literary Festival 2019

Thank you to speakers and audience who contributed to another wonderful Festival this year.   Here are some of the photographs to remind us of the weekend.  All photo credits: Eamonn McCabe.

Next year's dates will be Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th March 2020


Book of the Week 11th March 2019

Samantha Harvey: The Western Wind.  Paperback at £8.99

Fifteenth-century Oakham, in Somerset; a tiny village cut off by a big river with no bridge. When a man is swept away by the river in the early hours of Shrove Saturday, an explanation has to be found: accident, suicide or murder? The village priest, John Reve, is privy to many secrets in his role as confessor. But will he be able to unravel what happened to the victim, Thomas Newman, the wealthiest, most capable and industrious man in the village? And what will happen if he can't?


Book Launch at The Aldeburgh Bookshop
Friday 29th March at 6 pm

The rest of the world may have their minds on other things that day, but we will be celebrating a different B - the launch of William Blyghton's second novel, Abraham Soar.  William Blyghton is the pseudonym of an Aldeburgh-resident known to many of us.  His real identity is not a well-kept secret and he will be with us on the evening to introduce his book.

Join us for canapes and champagne, kindly supplied by the author.

Set on the Suffolk coast, looking out across a shingle beach to the sea, Abraham Soar is full of humour, wisdom and pathos. It is the second book of The Suffolk Trilogy, which began with The House by the Marsh.

Book Launch at The Aldeburgh Bookshop
Good Friday 19th April at 6 pm

Ed Davey will be introducing his book
Given Half a Chance: Ten Ways to Save the World

This is an optimistic book about how to address the world’s environmental challenges and make life better and more peaceful for people, nature, and the planet.  Edward Davey is the Project Director at World Resources Institute and has worked for The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit on global environmental issues, leading the organisation’s work on forests and climate change, as well as for the Colombian presidency on Colombia’s natural environment and the conservation of the Amazon. He has spent time in Iraq and the Middle East for a humanitarian charity.  Given Half a Chance is his first book.

Book Launch at The Aldeburgh Bookshop
Easter Saturday 20th April at 6 pm

Robert Simper
Over Snape Bridge

Robert Simper is the chronicler of our Suffolk rivers and our coast.  His early experience of crewing on some of the last barges trading under sail gave him a great passion for the old ways of life when the countryside moved at the speed of a horse and the merchant fleet of coastal Britain were moved by wind power.  Robert has written extensively in magazines and published books on this subject ever since.

Over Snape Bridge: The Story of Snape Maltings was Robert's first book, published in 1967, and we are delighted to see it back in print.  It is a treasure trove of fascinating facts which will appeal to anyone interested in this estuary.

2nd May 2019
Special Pre-Publication Offer

Any new publication by Robert Macfarlane, author of The Wild Places, is an event and we are pleased to be able to offer a highly-competitive price for Macfarlane's forthcoming book, Underland: a Deep Time Journey, when it is published in early May.  We are offering copies at £15.00 (instead of the rrp £20) for pre-ordered copies.  Just click here to pre-order your copy.

In Underland, Robert Macfarlane takes us on a journey into the worlds beneath our feet. From the ice-blue depths of Greenland's glaciers, to the underground networks by which trees communicate, from Bronze Age burial chambers to the rock art of remote Arctic sea-caves, this is a deep-time voyage into the planet's past and future. Global in its geography, gripping in its voice and haunting in its implications, Underland is a work of huge range and power, and a remarkable new chapter in Macfarlane's long-term exploration of landscape and the human heart.


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.


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 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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