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 31st January 2019 at 7.30pm

Chef, columniist and broadcaster Clodagh McKenna will be visiting us to introduce her stunning new cookbook, 'Clodagh's Suppers'.

We'll have a glass of something on arrival, a few nibbles to sample the menu of the book, and there will be entertaining and inspiring conversation with Clodagh before we all rush away to try the recipes for ourselves.

'Clodagh’s Suppers' is all about spending relaxed and informal time with good food and company. Be it a sumptuous seasonal menu, a delicious loaf of homemade bread and soup, a delicate summer salad or a hearty casserole to warm a winter’s day, creating a magical supper is not just fun but the ideal way to fill your home with special memories.

In this new book she offers expert advice and shares her years of experience to help you throw your own successful and stress-free supper parties from dressing a table to putting together a menu for every season.

Clodagh McKenna is a chef, cookbook author, Evening Standard food columnist and broadcaster. She has regular slots on Channel 4’s 'Sunday Brunch', NBC 'Today Show', a weekly food column for the Evening Standard and stars in the new Channel 4 series 'Beat The Chef'.

Tickets are £25 to include a copy of 'Clodagh's Suppers' (RRP£20), or £15 without the book.

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Wednesday 13th February 2019 at 7.30pm

The best-selling crime writer, Elly Griffiths will be returning to Browsers to introduce her latest book in the series about Dr Ruth Galloway, the Norfolk-based forensic archaeologiist.

'The Stone Circle' is the 11th book and fans of the series will be eager to learn of the latest development in the relationship between Ruth Galloway and DCI Nelson. For those new to Elly's books, there's no need to start at the beginning, because each novel stands alone - though once you've tried them, you WILL want to read all of them!

In 'The Stone Circle', Ruth Galloway and DCI Nelson are forced to think back to when they met as they are both reminded of their first case, recounted in 'The Crossing Places'. Nelson receives anonymous letters that seem strangely familiar, and Ruth working on a dig in the Saltmarsh uncovers bones of a 12-year-old girl who disappeared 30 years ago, and learns of events resembling that of Scarlett Henderson, the girl Nelson couldn't save. The past is reaching out for Ruth and Nelson, and its grip is deadly...

Elly is a fabulous speaker as well as a terrific crime writer, with a wicked sense of humour. Don't miss this opportunity to meet her!

Tickets £18 to include a copy of ‘The Stone Circle’ (RRP£18.99), or £10 without. Tel 01394 388890

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Wednesday 20th February 2019 at 7.30pm

Julia Blackburn has always collected things that hold stories about the very distant past, as she trawls the Suffolk coastline near her home: mammoth bones, two million years old shells, a flint sharpened into a weapon.

Her new book brings many of these stories together as it tells of the creation, the existence and the loss of a country now called Doggerland, a huge and fertile area that once connected the entire east coast of England with mainland Europe, until it was finally submerged by rising sea levels around 5000 BC.

Fragments from Julia's own life feature alongside a series of eighteen ‘songs’ and stories about the places and people she meets in her quest to get closer to an understanding of Doggerland.

She sees the footprints of early humans fossilised in the soft mud of an estuary alongside the scattered pockmarks made by rain falling eight thousand years ago. She visits a cave where the remnants of a Neanderthal meal have turned to stone. In Denmark she sits beside Tollund Man who seems to be about to wake from a dream, even though he has lain in a peat bog since the start of the Iron Age.

This is a stunning book and Julia is a fascinating speaker. Come and meet her at Browsers Bookshop. Tickets are £25 to include a copy of Time Song (RRP £25) or £10 without.

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