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

Tuesday 24th September 2019 at 1.30pm

'Chastise: The Dambusters Story 1943' is a fascinating retake on legend in this history of the Dambusters raid from best-selling and critically acclaimed military historian, Max Hastings.

Sir Max Hastings served as editor-in-chief of the 'Daily Telegraph', then editor of the 'Evening Standard', from 1986 to 2002. He has won many prizes both for journalism and his books, of which the most recent are 'All Hell Let Loose', 'Catastrophe', 'The Secret War' and 'Vietnam: An Epic History of a Tragic War'.

He grew up with the classic 1955 movie, the Dambusters, embracing the story of Operation Chastise, the destruction of the Mohne and Eder dams in north-west Germany by the RAF’s 617 Squadron on the night of 16/17 May 1943.

In the 21st century, however, Hastings urges that we should review the Dambusters in more complex colours.

The aircrew’s heroism was wholly authentic, as was the brilliance of Barnes Wallis, who invented the ‘bouncing bombs’. But commanders who promised the young fliers that success could shorten the war, fantasised wildly.

With a superb narrative of the action of one of the most extraordinary episodes in British history, Hastings sets the Dams Raid in the big picture of the bomber offensive and of the Second World War. He tells of the evolution of the bomb. He presents Barnes Wallis, the monstrous Harris and the tragic Gibson. There are moving portraits of the young airmen, so many of whom died, but Hastings also describes, in harrowing detail, the fate of those swept away by the torrents. Some 1,400 civilians perished in the biblical floods that swept the Mohne valley, more than half of the victims Russian and Polish women, slave labourers under Hitler. 

Come and learn more as Max Hastings speaks about this new book 'Chastise' for Browsers Bookshop at Woodbridge Community Hall in this special afternoon event.

Tickets are £25 to include a copy of 'Chastise' (RRP£25). One additional ticket can be purchased for £10, without the book.

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Thursday 26th September 2019 at 7.30pm

‘Stanley and Elsie’ reimagines the family life of famed painter Stanley Spencer, as seen through the eyes of his housekeeper, Elsie. The novel is a vivid and delicate portrait of the artist and the women who influenced his life.

Nicola Upson is best known for her novels centred on the real-life crime writer, Josephine Tey. She is an engaging and fascinating speaker who has much to share about her writing career, as well as her research into Stanley Spencer.

This evening takes place at Browsers Bookshop. Tickets are £12 to include a copy of the book (RRP£10.99), and one additional ticket may be purchased for £8, without the book.

Details 01394 388890

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Friday 1st November 2019 at 8.00pm

Award-winning wildlife cameraman Lindsay McCrae has written an extraordinary account of the time he spent alongside emperor penguins in Antarctica.

Filming for the BBC ‘Dynasties’ series was the fulfillment of a childhood dream but meant spending an entire year 15,000km from home. Winter lasted eight months when no one could get in or out of their station on the ice.

In this illustrated talk, Lindsay shares the highs and lows of the experience, as well as giving further insight into the lives of these extraordinary birds.

This event takes place slightly later than usual at 8pm, at Woodbridge Library. Doors open at 7.30pm and non-alcoholic refreshments will be served on arrival.

Tickets are £20 to include a copy of 'My Penguin Year' (RRP £20). One additional ticket may be purchased without the book for £10.

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

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Saturday 2nd November 2019 at 1.00pm

Cricket raconteur will be visiting the bookshop to sign copies of his new book 'My A-Z of Cricket'.

The book must be pre-ordered, at £20, and you can come along on the day from 1-2pm, or collect your signed copy after Henry's visit.

Tickets available now from Browsers Bookshop, tel 01394 388890

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