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


Forthcoming Events

Saturday 22nd October 2016 at 3.00 pm.   Anthony Horowitz will be with us at the bookshop signing copies of his new book, a homage to Agatha-Christie style detective story called Magpie Murders, a deliciously dark take on the vintage crime novel, brought bang up-to-date with a fiendish modern twist.


And also on Saturday 22nd October a bit later in the day at 5.00 pm.  Emma Chichester Clark and Plum have been very busy.  Plum’s new book, The Plumdog Path to Perfection is packed with doggy wisdom to guide you through life and her new picture book, Plenty of Love to go round is just as charming.  Blue Kangaroo has a new paperback out and we have a number of stuffed blue kangaroos to give away with the books.  And Emma has just illustrated Quentin Blake’s most recent story, Three Little Monkey

  Saturday 29th October at 6.00 pm.  Jonathan Franklin's book, Two Owls at Eton, which he first published when still at school in 1960, has been republished.

 Book Launch with three live owls: a Tawny, a Barn and an Eagle owl.

  'It all started one day late in April, when a friend rang me up to tell me he had a nest of tawny owls in his garden; would I like one?’

Jonathan was just sixteen years old when he adopted the orphaned birds and brought them back to Eton College with him.  They trashed his room and caused mayhem at every turn, yet Dum and Dee still managed to charm the entire faculty and even won over the school cat.  Two Owls at Eton is wonderfully witty and brilliantly British.  Jonathan has arranged for three owls to come to the launch: a tawny, a barn and an eagle owl.

The Aldeburgh Bookshop Book Club

Monday November 7th at 6 pm.  We have chosen Graham Swift's novel, Mothering Sunday.



Monday December 5th at 6 pm.  Alexander Master's A Life Discarded will be under discussion.


The Aldeburgh Literary Festival

Next year's dates: Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th March

'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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