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

Thursday 30th January 2020 at 7.30pm

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to judge the Booker Prize?

The highly respected publisher, Liz Calder was on this year’s panel, which made the unprecedented decision to appoint two winners for 2019.

Find out more about the process, and learn something of Liz’s astonishing career.

Liz Calder first worked in publishers Victor Gollancz and Jonathan Cape before co-founding Bloomsbury, the home of 'Harry Potter'. She launched the careers of Salman Rushdie, Julian Barnes, Anita Brookner and helped nurture Jeanette Winterson, Anne Michaels and Angela Carter.

Having lived in Suffolk for 14 years, she founded a publishing company celebrating writing in East Anglia, and she launched the arts festival Flipside, which this year takes place on 16 November at Henham Park.

Last year she was recognised with a CBE, elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and awarded the Benson Medal for exceptional service to literature.

This will be a fascinating, stimulating and entertaining evening.

Tickets £12 with complimentary refreshments on arrival, from Browsers on 01394 388890.

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.