Suffolk Book League

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Honorary President: Margaret Drabble

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The Suffolk Book League is a local literary group with a difference! Founded in 1982, we promote the pleasures of reading by bringing popular and distinguished writers to speak in Ipswich and the surrounding area as well as supporting a wide range of literary-related community projects.
To us, reading matters.

The 2014 programme can be viewed on our Events page and we have been fortunate in the wide range of well-known speakers that we have welcomed to the county over the years. Go to About us for a detailed list of past speakers and further information about the diverse activities of the Suffolk Book League.Somerset Maugham Quotation

You can join the Suffolk Book League at any of our meetings, via this website or by email/post. Although you do not need to be a member in order to attend our events, annual membership ensures that you receive a range of benefits, including the quarterly journal Book Talk and reduced price entry to the monthly talks. Full details of the benefits members can enjoy are provided on the Membership page.

The Suffolk Book League was also involved in the sponsorship of Literary Suffolk, a booklet showcasing Suffolk's literary heritage. Currently out of print, it is hoped that a new version of this publication will be produced in the near future.

Our Links page promotes other local literary events, book groups, connections and organisations.

We are grateful to the following Suffolk organisations for their support: The Ipswich Institute, Gotelee Solicitors and Waterstones in Ipswich.

You can also join our Facebook group and follow us on Twitter for all the latest SBL, local and national literary news.


Alexander McCall SmithWe are very excited to announce that the bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith will be joining us at the University Campus Suffolk on the 30th October as a special addition to our published programme!

He is one of the world's most prolific and popular modern writers and has had a varied and interesting career, beginning in medical law and teaching at universities throughout the UK and abroad. His No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series has sold over twenty million copies and the first of these novels is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. Alexander has also written collections of short stories, academic works and children's books. Go to our Events page for further details, including how to book tickets for what promises to be a highly entertaining evening.

The October edition of Suffolk Magazine will feature a review of McCall Smith's novel Trains and Lovers. Click here to read an exclusive SBL interview with the man himself!

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Sophie Hannah


Thursday 16 October 2014
Sophie Hannah
Ipswich Institute

Quite fittingly for a month renowned for its ghoulishness, internationally bestselling crime writer Sophie Hannah will be joining us to talk about her hot-off-the-press Hercule Poirot novel, The Monogram Murders, the first to be published since Agatha Christie's death in 1976. She is also a published poet, has won literary awards and her novels have been adapted for television. Her characters have been described as "incredibly psychologically developed, full of light and shade: a challenge to understand" so hopefully the author herself will be able to enlighten us further.

Doors open at 7:00pm with tea/coffee and free books to take away with you. The talk starts at 7:30pm. All welcome!

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