The Best Aldeburgh Books

Aldeburgh is many things to many people. For locals, it is a unique town with its own laid-back pace of life, while for classical music devotees it is the site of the year’s most exciting performances.

Birdwatchers love Aldeburgh for the unique opportunities to catch some of Britain’s most distinctive birds, and rail enthusiasts love it for its Victorian branch line and station.

With so much going on in such a small space, it’s no wonder that so many books have been written about the town. With this in mind, we’ve picked out the very best Aldeburgh books, so you can find the perfect read.

Michael Rouse’s Southwold to Aldeburgh Through Time takes readers on a journey along one of the most celebrated stretches of coast in the British Isles, drawing on photographs, personal recollections and the rich tradition of writing that surrounds Southwold and Aldeburgh.

For devotees of the Aldeburgh Festival, there is no better companion than Ariane Bankes’ New Aldeburgh Anthology. This beautifully designed anthology collects a wealth of stories and insights into the town, making it
one of the very best Aldeburgh books.

Maggi Hambling’s sculpture, The Scallop, is one of the landmarks of Aldeburgh, and this accompanying book charts the process of its creation. With a foreword by Stephen Fry, Hambling’s book, The Aldeburgh Scallop gives the fascinating inside story into one of East Anglia’s most celebrated art works.

Aldeburgh’s history comes to life in Nora Acheson’s Up the Steps: A Tale of Old Aldeburgh, which takes readers back in time for a glimpse of Old Aldeburgh. Packed with astonishing details, this is truly one of the most enlightening Aldeburgh books.

Rail enthusiasts love the Aldeburgh area, as it is crisscrossed with both retired and working lines, and has some of the best preserved station architecture in Britain. Richard Adderson and Graham Kenworthy’s Branch Lines to Felixstowe and Aldeburgh: Including the Snape Branch is a top gift for train lovers, and is one of our favourite Aldeburgh books.

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