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 26th November 2019 at 7.30pm

The Great War evokes images of barbed wire and mud-filled trenches but also saw astonishing change on the home front.

The period saw the emancipation of women and notions of better health care and education, and pointed towards a less deferential, more egalitarian future.

Simon Heffer has enjoyed a 30 year career on Fleet Street with senior editorial positions on 'The Daily Telegraph' and 'Spectator'. He is now a columnist for 'The Daily Telegraph' and 'The Sunday Telegraph'.

He has written extensively and this volume is the third of what will be a four book series on Britain from 1838 to 1939.

Tickets are £25 to include a copy of the book (RRP£30), or £12 without the book.

Details from Browsers Bookshop 01394 388890

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.