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

Wednesday 27th March 2019 at 7.30pm

Food writer and journalist, Sue Quinn will be visiting to introduce her new book 'Cocoa' and she'll be joined by Sally Jones, a member of the team from Pump Street Bakery at Orford who will tell us all about their chocolate business.

This promises to be a fabulous evening.

There's a glass of fizz on arrival, a chocolate recipe to sample, a gift of Pump Street chocolate and a copy of the new beautifully illustrated recipe and history book 'Cocoa' to take home.

Sue has investigated the history, production, culture, characteristics and appeal of chocolate in this fantastic new book, which also includes a selection of gloriously chocolatey recipes. She'll also tell us something about her career as a food writer.

Tickets are £25 including a copy of the book, all tastings and treats, and one additional ticket may be purchased for £10 without the book. Available from Browsers Bookshop, Woodbridge. Tel 01394 388890

Friday 5th April 2019 at 8.00pm

The author of the Whitbread-shortlisted novel and  Oscar-nominated film, ‘Chocolat’ introduces her long-awaited latest instalment called ‘The Strawberry Thief’.

Vianne Rocher and Rosette are happily running the chocolate shop in the square until life is disrupted by the death of the florist, Narcisse and a mysterious new shop opens in town.

Joanne has written 13 other novels, two cookbooks and many short stories. Her work covers magic realism, suspense, historical fiction, mythology and fantasy.

Come along to find out more about literature and storytelling.

Ticket £20 inc a copy of the book (RRP £20). One additional ticket may be purchased without the book for £12.

Thursday 11th April 2019 at 7.30pm

Erin Kelly is a popular, best-selling thriller writer.

Her first novel, 'The Poison Tree', was a Richard and Judy bestseller and an ITV drama. Those that followed were 'The Sick Rose', 'The Burning Air', 'The Ties That Bind'.

Her last novel, 'He Said She Said', wowed the critics and readers with its original and provocative tale of a young couple who witness a rape and, after the trial, begin to wonder if they believed the right person.

This new book is set in her home county of Suffolk and imagines the lives touched by a mental hospital. The Victorians labelled these places 'stone mothers' because they thought the design of the building could nurse the sick back to health.

Marianne is an architect but her obsession with a particular property in Suffolk doesn't spring from its aesthetics. There is a secret held here that she is desperate never to reveal.

She was seventeen when she left this area, abandoning her family, her boyfriend Jesse and the body they buried.

Now, forced to return, she can feel the past closing around her. And Jesse, who never forgave her for leaving, is finally threatening to expose the truth.

Marianne will do anything to protect the life she's built; the husband and daughter who must never know.

Erin will share something of the inspiration for this book as well as her passion for writing generally. A mentor and lecturer on creative writing courses, she will also give tips to burgeoning novelists!

Tickets are £14 to include a copy of 'Stone Mothers' (RRP£12.99) with one additional ticket available, without the book, for £8.

She will be speaking at Browsers Bookshop, 60 Thoroughfare, Woodbridge. Tel 01394 388890

Wednesday 17th April 2019 at 7.30pm

One of our favourite authors returns to Browsers to tell us all about her new novel, inspired by the shocking Lord Lucan case and the ‘lovely young nanny’ at its centre.

‘The Language of Birds’ is a compelling fictional account of the lives of two young nannies in London in the 1970s. Rosemary watches from the wings as her friend Mandy edges towards her tragic fate.

Jill is an acclaimed novelist, poet and anthologist. 'The Great Lover' was a Richard and Judy summer read. 'Fred and Edie was shortlisted for the Orange and Whitbread awards and 'Watch Me Disappear' was longlisted for the Orange Prize.

She joined us in 2016 to launch 'The Crime Writer, her extraordinary imagining of the time Patricia Highsmith lived in Suffolk.

'The Language of Birds' is her tenth novel.

Jill is the patron of the Maya Centre which offers therapy to women experiencing violence, and she is the founder of a mentoring scheme for new writers, Gold Dust. She first worked in London in the 1980s as a nanny, and lives now in the Cambridgeshire Fens. She’s got lots to tell us!

Tickets are £18 including a copy of 'The Language of Birds' and one additional ticket can be purchased for £8 without the book. Details from Browsers Bookshop 01394 388890

Tuesday 7th May 2019 at 1.00pm

Bestselling crime writer John Connolly in conversation with Catherine Larner for this special lunchtime event at Woodbridge Library.

The hugely entertaining Irish writer, the author of 20 novels, is best known for his Charlie Parker mysteries.

While John was drawn to the American crime tradition to explore issues of compassion, morality, reparation and salvation, this new mystery brings Charlie Parker to the UK for the first time, and to East Anglia!

Come along to find out more.

Ticket £18 includes a copy of the book, and one additional ticket without the book can be purchased for £10.
Details: 01394 388890

Tuesday 7th May 2019 at 7.30pm

British composer Michael Tippett is considered among the most visionary of the twentieth century. His work included five operas and four symphonies, and the oratorio 'A Child of Our Time'. But little has been written about his extraordinary life - and his childhood was spent in Suffolk.

Oliver Soden has written an extraordinary account of the man revealing someone who was charming, stubborn and great fun, but who held secrets and sorrows.

Oliver has drawn on unpublished letters and manuscripts, and interviews with Tippett's friends and colleagues. And he introduces us to other notable figures of the time, with their influence on Tippett - T.S. Eliot, E.M. Forster, Barbara Hepworth, and W.H. Auden among them.

This is a stunning book and Oliver's passion and enthusiasm for his subject and this project is infectious. Please don't miss meeting him and learning more of the life of this great composer.

Tickets £22 inc a copy of the book (RRP £25.00), or £10 without.

Available from Browsers Bookshop, 60 Thoroughfare, Woodbridge. Tel: 01394 388890