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 more than 250 people. 

Authors who have joined us have included Alexander McCall Smith, Margaret Drabble, James Runcie, Kate Mosse, Griff Rhys Jones, Gervaise Phinn, Michael Morpurgo and Deborah Moggach 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 eight 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

James Henry
Wednesday 25th July 2018 at 7.30pm

Having written the bestselling prequels to the DI Frost novels of RD Winfield, James has now embarked on his own police thriller series. '

Yellowhammer' is the second so far and, while set in Essex in the 1980s, it steps into the Suffolk countryside.

James first visited us at Browsers a couple of years ago when he launched this series with 'Blackwater'. It was this visit, and a later return for a talk at Hollesley for Suffolk Libraries, that inspired James to feature our corner of Suffolk in this new book.

He will tell us all about this as well as his love of birdwatching and his other life working in publishing, in what will be a relaxed, fun and entertaining evening.

Tickets are £8, with complimentary refreshments.

News of James's visit in the East Anglian Daily Times, 28 June 2018
The Call of the Wild - James Henry
An interview with James Henry - published in 'Suffolk', July 2018

 

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Peter Robinson
Tuesday 7th August 2018 at 1.00pm

The best-selling, award-winning novelist will be visiting us from his home in Canada for this special lunchtime event at Woodbridge Library, introducing his latest masterpiece in mystery and suspense. ‘Careless Love’ is the 25th novel in Peter’s popular DCI Banks crime series, set in Yorkshire. These books have been translated into 19 languages and adapted for television, featuring actor Stephen Tompkinson in the title role. Tickets are £20 and include a copy of 'Careless Love' (RRP £20). Call Browsers on 01394 388890

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Lavinia Greenlaw
Tuesday 4th September 2018 at 7.30pm

Lavinia has visited Browsers before to launch a work of poetry. This time she is joining us to present her new novel, her third, 'In the City of Love's Sleep'. Described as 'a contemporary fable', the book tells the story of two people who meet in middle-age and try to overcome all experience has taught them, in order to be together. Tickets are £16 to include a copy of the book (RRP £14.99) with complimentary refreshments, and are available from the bookshop. A ticket without the book, is £8. Tell 01394 388890

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Sarah Langford
Saturday 8th September 2018 at 7.30pm

Sarah Langford is a barrister. She sees people at their worst, and at their most vulnerable. It is her job to tell their story to the court. 'In Your Defence' is a stunning account of eleven cases where Sarah takes us through both criminal and family proceedings. She examines how she feels towards the defendants in the dock, and challenges us all to consider how our attitudes and actions can shape not only individual cases, but the legal system itself. This very personal account is revealing and inspiring, funny and distressing, and above all, beautifully written. Come along to find out more! Tickets are £17 including a copy of 'In Your Defence' (RRP £16.99) or £8 without the book. Complimentary refreshments will be served. Details: 01394 388890

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Patrick Gale
Friday 14th September 2018 at 7.30pm

After the triumph that was ‘A Place Called Winter’, Patrick is once again inspired by family life, this time his own boyhood, for ‘Take Nothing With You’. This new book explores the life of 10-year-old Eustace, an only child growing up by the sea, with a passion for the cello, and discovering complicated relationships. There’ll be music, laughter and conversation. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet this much-loved novelist. Tickets £23 include a copy of 'Take Nothing With You'. One further ticket can be purchased for £15. Call 01394 388890

Read Catherine's interview with Patrick Gale here.

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Kate Humble
Friday 9th November 2018 at 7.30pm

Taking a daily walk has become as essential as that first cup of tea for tv presenter, Kate Humble.
Introducing her new book, ‘Thinking on My Feet’, Kate will share the story of her walking year - the routes she’s taken, people she’s met, the problems solved, the inspiration gained, her thoughts and feelings while enjoying the landscape. Kate is one of the UK’s best-known and much-loved broadcasters, and the familiar face for BBC’s 'Springwatch' and 'Back to the Land’. Tickets are £22 to include a copy of ‘Thinking on My Feet’, presented on the evening. (One additional ticket, without the book, can be purchased at £15.) Available from Browsers Bookshop, 60 Thoroughfare, Woodbridge IP12 1AL. Tel: 01394 388890

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Dan Snow
Monday 12th November 2018 at 7.30pm

Dan Snow is a historian, BAFTA-winning broadcaster and television presenter. He lives and breathes history and believes passionately that we overlook it at our peril: “In a world of fake news, cuts to history education and politicians spouting fiction, there has never been a more important time to tell the true history of the world. This is why I want to engage a new generation of enthusiasts with this book.” Tickets available from Browsers Bookshop and The Riverside Cinema, £22 to include a copy of the book (RRP £14.99) which will be presented on the night. One additional ticket, with no book, can be purchased for £15.

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