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 26th February 2020 at 7.30pm

The dark clouds of war are gathering across Europe and the brightest minds in Britain have been brought together in a grand manor on the Suffolk coast. These select few have been tasked by Churchill to develop, in utmost secrecy, an invention that will help win the war and alter the course of history.

In this tense atmosphere, an unlikely friendship develops between Vic, a brilliant but shy physicist, and Kathleen, a local girl helping her mother in the kitchens. Kath is keen to do her bit for the war effort so when Vic tells her they are recruiting women to operate his top secret system, she makes a choice that will change her life forever.

This gripping romantic drama is centred on real-life events at the top secret, wartime research station near Felixstowe. It tells the story of the people behind the discovery of radar.

Liz Trenow is the author of several historical novels including The Last Telegram, The Forgotten Seamstress and The Poppy Factory. Her first two books were inspired by her family's story as silk weavers in Suffolk. She is a former journalist who worked on regional and national newspapers, BBC radio and television news, before writing fiction.

Liz will be speaking at Woodbridge Library on Wednesday 26 February at 7.30pm. Doors open 7pm with complimentary refreshments on arrival.

Tickets are £12 and include a copy of 'Under a Wartime Sky' (RRP £7.99). Available from Browsers Bookshop 01394 388890.

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Tuesday 7th April 2020 at 2.45pm

The broadcaster, journalist and bestselling novelist will be joining us to introduce her new book 'The Ninth Child'.

Inspired by the mysterious death of the 17th century minister Robert Kirke, the story is set in a pivotal era two centuries later when engineering innovation, bringing clean water to Glasgow, flourished, but women did not.

It blends folklore with historical fiction and a profound sense of place in a haunting tale.

Sally has worked in news, politics, current affairs and religion and is a much-loved broadcaster and writer. She was a presenter for BBC’s 'Songs of Praise', and wrote a biography of the 'Chariots of Fire' athlete and missionary Eric Liddell. Her debut novel was the bestselling, 'The Sealwoman's Gift'.

The eldest daughter of the late 'Mastermind' presenter Magnus Magnusson, Sally's memoir about caring for her mother through dementia was highly acclaimed.

She is a warm, fascinating and engaging speaker, and we're thrilled she's joining us in Woodbridge Community Hall for this afternoon event.

Tickets are £15 and include a copy of 'The Ninth Child' (RRP £14.99). One additional ticket may be purchased for £6. Available from Browsers Bookshop 01394 388890.

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Friday 15th May 2020 at 7.30pm

Alison Weir is the top-selling female historian (and the fifth-bestselling historian overall) in the UK, and has sold over three million books worldwide. She has published 19 history books, including the recently published 'Queens of the Conquest', the first in her England's Medieval Queens quartet. Alison has also published 10 historical novels.

'Katheryn Howard, The Tainted Queen' is Alison Weir's tenth published novel and the fifth in the Six Tudor Queens series about the wives of Henry VIII, which was launched in 2016 to great critical acclaim. The earlier books in the series – 'Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen', 'Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession', J'ane Seymour, The Haunted Queen' and 'Anna of Kleve: Queen of Secrets' were all 'Sunday Times' bestsellers.

Alison is joining us in Woodbridge Community Hall to give an illustrated talk about her research into what is known about Katheryn Howard, and how we might imagine the life of this Tudor queen.

Tickets are £20 and include a copy of 'Katheryn Howard, The Tainted Queen' (RRP £20). One additional ticket may be purchased for £8. Available from Browsers Bookshop 01394 388890.

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