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



Monday June 11th at 2.30 pm at The Aldeburgh Bookshop

Book Signing
Paul Kildea will be signing copies of his new book, Chopin’s Piano

Dr Paul Kildea is a conductor and author.  He was Head of Music at Aldeburgh Festival from 1999-2002 and author of biography of Benjamin Britten. 

Tuesday June 19th at 7 pm at The Aldeburgh Parish Church


The Poet Laureate and Friends are coming to Aldeburgh

Carol Ann Duffy - Poet Laureate

Jackie Kay - Scottish Makar

Gillian Clarke - Former National Poet of Wales

Imtiaz Dharker - Gold Medal Winner

East Anglian poet: Rebecca Goss

with musical accompaniment by John Sampson

Tickets £15.00 (include a glass of wine) available now from The Aldeburgh Bookshop 01728 452389

The Aldeburgh Bookshop and Picador Poetry are very excited to welcome this distinguished gathering of national poets to Aldeburgh as part of their Shore2Shore tour.  Full timetable www.aldeburghbookshop.co.uk

Friday 29th June at 7 pm at The Aldeburgh Bookshop

Book Launch
Barrister Sarah Langford will be signing copies of her book, In Your Defence, Stories of Life and Law, a memoir of her life at the bar through the lens of cases in which she’s been involved.
Refreshments will be served.

Sarah Langford has been a practising barrister since 2006, both in London and around the country, principally in criminal and family law. She was awarded a scholarship from Gray's Inn of Court and went on to train as a barrister. She lives with her husband and two small boys in Debenham, Suffolk.


The Aldeburgh Bookshop Book Club meets on the first Monday of each month at 6.00 pm in the bookshop.  Everyone is welcome.

Tuesday 8th May at 6.00 pm

Please note change of date to avoid Bank Holiday Monday

2018 is Muriel Spark's centenary year so it's a good time
  to read her gloriously dark comedy about death.

Monday 4th June



Now in stock: Aldeburgh Bookshop Bags
in a variety of colours--blue, coral pink and lime green, £7.99


Shore 2 Shore June 2018

The Poet Laureate and Friends come to Aldeburgh

The Aldeburgh Bookshop in association with Poetry in Aldeburgh are delighted to welcome Shore 2 Shore to Aldeburgh on Tuesday 19th June at 7 pm in Aldeburgh Parish Church.

We will have readings by the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy; the National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke; the Makar, Jackie Kay; Queen's Gold Medal winning poet, Imtiaz Dharker; Forward Prize-winning East Anglian poet Rebecca Goss; and the musician John Sampson.


The Aldeburgh Literary Festival

'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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