Coming events

Activities at Browsers Bookshop

Author events

Throughout the year, Catherine Larner organises a number of talks and book launches for Browsers Bookshop. These take place in the shop and at venues throughout the town, as intimate gatherings of around 30 guests to literary lunches and large evening talks with audiences of up to 300 people. 

Authors who have joined us have included tv journalist Robert Peston, novelists Alexander McCall Smith, Margaret Drabble, James Runcie and Kate Mosse, comedian and presenter Griff Rhys Jones, children's author Michael Morpurgo, as well as Olympic rowing champion Katherine Grainger and antiques expert, Judith Miller. 

There are new authors or less familiar names, too, invited because we love their books and we want you to try them too.

We’ve welcomed Renee Knight with her psychological thriller, ‘Disclaimer'. There’s been a demonstration from internationally renowned jewellery designer, Alex Monroe, as he’s launched his memoir about his Suffolk childhood ’Two Turtle Doves'. And we met the wonderful and talented Emma Hooper when we walked along the river wall and talked about the inspiration for her debut novel ‘Etta and Otto and Russell and James’. Take a look at reports of past events to get a flavour of what we offer.

Book Group Meetings

What's more, we have a Browsers Book Group meeting. It takes place on the last Monday of each month (except August and December) at 8pm in the bookshop. Around 20 people usually come along to discuss the latest title and we have wine, juice or coffee for a small donation, with complimentary flapjack! Catherine leads the group, which has been going for ten years now, and we've kept a list of all the books we've read - it's a great resource as Catherine tries to find titles that sometimes slip under the radar.

Coming soon

Tuesday 20th November 2018 at 7.30pm

The Suffolk Sandlings, the strip of coastline from Lowestoft to Felixstowe, is an area unusually rich in military archaeology.

It was in the frontline of Britain’s defences against invasion during WWII, and the setting for nationally important exercises in the lead up to the D-Day landings.

Historians Rob Liddiard and David Sims will introduce this fascinating, illustrated study and discuss their investigation into the wartime landscape.

Tickets are £20 to include a copy of the book (RRP£18.99) or £10 without the book.

Friday 30th November 2018 at 7.30pm

The acclaimed artist and sculptor, Maggi Hambling CBE will be talking about 'A Suffolk Eye', a beautifully produced celebration of the work of Harry Hambling, Maggi's father.

Harry started painting when he retired from his job at the bank in Hadleigh, and his pictures are stunning.

"Our jaded eyes are jolted into action by the purity of his vision," says Maggi.

Tickets are £22 to include a copy of the book, signed by Maggi. Tickets without the book are £12.

Friday 7th December 2018 at 7.30pm