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Lionel Shriver

Wednesday 25th May, 8pm

The brilliant new novel from the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need to Talk about Kevin centres on three generations of the Mandible family as a fiscal crisis hits a near-future America. It is 2029. The Mandibles have been counting on a sizable fortune filtering down when their 97-year-old patriarch dies. Yet America’s soaring national […]

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POSTPONED Green Kitchen Stories

Friday 27th May, 8pm

This event is postponed until 2017. David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl are the beautiful faces behind the hugely successful prize-winning vegetarian food and travel blog, Green Kitchen Stories. They take the smoothie to a higher level in their new book, Green Kitchen Smoothies. This evening they share their recipes for nut milks and butters, favourite […]

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Chris Packham

Saturday 28th May, 11am

Tickets have now sold out TV presenter, photographer and conservationist Chris Packham is one of the nation’s favourite naturalists. He is best known for the BAFTA-winning The Really Wild Show and fronting Springwatch and Autumnwatch. As a boy, his intense fascination with wildlife marked him out as ‘the weird kid’ and his childhood in Hampshire […]

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Thomas Keneally

Wednesday 1st June, 8pm

We are, once again, proud to welcome one of the modern behemoths of literature to Bath. Thomas Keneally, author of the Booker winning Schindler’s Ark (later made into the award winning film Schindler’s List by Steven Spielberg), is an undoubted master of his art, managing to weave historical fiction into contemporary relevancy. Napoleon’s Last Island […]

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F1 Superstar Mark Webber

Thursday 2nd June, 6.30pm

We are now sold out of our £8 early bird tickets. Our remaining tickets are £20 and include a hardcover edition of Aussie Grit. Mark Webber was at the centre of one of the most captivating chapters in the history of Formula One. In 2010, while racing for Red Bull, he and his team mate […]

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SOLD OUT – Buzz Aldrin Talk and Signing

Friday 3rd June, 7pm

This event is now fully sold out. It is hard to overstate the magnitude of Buzz Aldrin’s achievements: He is a best-selling author, a global science ambassador and, of course, a pioneering astronaut who took centre stage in one of the most important and revelatory moments in human history. This is a man whose footprints […]

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La Dolce Vita with Eleonora Galasso

Friday 3rd June, 8pm

If you haven’t heard of her already, you are sure to very soon. Eleonora Galasso is the captivating Instagram gastro star and Roman native who zigzags between Rome and Paris running food workshops, secret suppers and pop-ups. She conjures up La Dolce Vita in this exciting cookbook which takes you on a Roman culinary journey […]

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Chris Cleave

Tuesday 7th June, 8pm

Join us as Chris Cleave, the multi-award-winning author of The Other Hand, talks about his breathtaking new novel, Everyone Brave is Forgiven. When war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to give it a miss – until his flatmate Alistair unexpectedly enlists, […]

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Glow with Madelaine Shaw

Wednesday 8th June, 8pm

Best-selling author of the very successful book ‘Get The Glow’ and nutritional health coach to the stars, Madeleine Shaw, releases yet another fantastic recipe book. ‘Ready, Steady, Glow’ is bursting with fresh recipes to help you achieve a healthy lifestyle that caters to your busy life, week to week. Understanding that eating healthily isn’t always […]

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Kit De Waal

Thursday 9th June, 8pm

Kit de Waal has spent her life in the world of social services: her Mother was a foster carer, she worked for fifteen years in criminal and family law, and now sits on adoption panels. It is this blend of personal and professional experience that has inspired her debut novel: My Name Is Leon. It […]

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June Reading Group

Monday 13th June, 8pm

This month we are reading a bonafide classic: The End of the Affair by Graham Greene. Greene is widely acknowledged to be amongst the greatest writers of the 20th century, and The End of the Affair is a turbulent, moving and deeply human account of a love affair, and its swift decline into a love-hate […]

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Poetry Event of the Year with Matthew and Michael Dickman

Wednesday 15th June, 8pm

The multi-award winning Dickman twins are from America’s outstanding generation of younger poets. Their poetry lives take different expression. Matthew writes with the ebullience of Frank O’Hara, Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac; Michael with the control of William Carlos Williams and Emily Dickinson. But they are unified by the unflinching, remarkable verse they wrote when […]

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Ducksoup Demo and Tastings

Thursday 16th June, 8pm

Ducksoup is a tiny neighbourhood restaurant in the heart of London’s Soho where you can eat simple plates of exactly what you might want at any time of day. A menu whose influences include the warm blue skies of Italy, spices and flower blossom of the Middle East, and the smoky earthiness of Scandinavia. The […]

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Susan Beale

Monday 20th June, 8pm

The Good Guy is a deeply compelling debut about love, marriage, the pressure to conform, and what happens when good intentions and self-deception are taken to extremes. The Good Guy is inspired by Susan’s life. Susan was adopted as a baby and only reconnected with her birth mother several years ago. The inspiration for the […]

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Ben Kane and Harry Sidebottom

Tuesday 21st June, 8pm

The Sunday Times bestseller, Ben Kane returns to Bath with the second book in his gripping trilogy, Eagles of Rome. One of the most exciting historical novelists around, Ben has established his reputation with a combination of masterly story­telling and sound historical detail. Hunting with Eagles tells of the battle­scarred Centurion Tullis, still hell­bent on […]

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XTC’s Andy Partridge

Saturday 25th June, 8pm

Andy Partridge, the luminescent frontman of cult music heroes XTC joins us to chat about his new book Complicated Game. The method behind XTC’s myriad classic recordings and Andy’s singular lyrical/musical brilliance is revealed in this series of candid and informative interviews. Andy’s music is adored for being an antidote to mediocrity, and this book […]

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Cooking From Malaysia with Ping Coombes

Tuesday 28th June, 8pm

Bath cook, Masterchef champion and judge, Ping has become a global ambassador for Malaysian food – the hidden jewel of South-east Asian cookery and a fusion of the Chinese, Malay and Indian cultures. In this debut book, Ping shares all the secrets and delights of this extraordinary cuisine. Drawing inspiration from her mother and from […]

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Heat: Cooking with Chillis

Wednesday 29th June, 8pm

Chilli aperetifs, chilli appetisers, chilli desserts; experience a provocation of the senses. From humble origins in a tucked-away corner of Latin America, this fiery little fruit has found its way into the food of more than half the world. Respected food and drinks writer Kay Plunkett-Hogge grew up in ’70’s Bangkok where her childhood was […]

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Charlotte Hobson

Monday 4th July, 8pm

Strikingly vivid, The Vanishing Futurist, the debut novel by award-winning writer Charlotte Hobson, pierces the heart with a story of fleeting, but infinite possibility. When twenty-two-year-old Gerty Freely travels to Russia to work as a governess in early 1914, she has no idea of the vast political upheavals ahead, nor how completely her fate will be […]

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Jill Dawson on Patricia Highsmith

Tuesday 5th July, 7.30pm

Patricia Highsmith’s work recently reached a new audience with the release of the tremendous film, Carol. The Crime Writer, the new novel from Jill Dawson, explores the mystery and intrigue in the life of the enigmatic woman behind such creations as Carol and Mr. Ripley. The story is set in 1964, and sees Highsmith hiding […]

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Adrian Tinniswood

Thursday 7th July, 8pm

There is nothing quite as beautiful as an English country house in summer. And there has never been a summer quite like that Indian summer between the two world wars, a period of gentle decline in which the sun set slowly on the British Empire and the shadows lengthened on the lawns of a thousand […]

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Jessie Burton

Sunday 17th July, 8pm

Jessie Burton’s name has been on every reader’s lips since her bestselling debut novel, The Miniaturist propelled her onto the literary stage. She has since won countless awards and gained high acclaim – now she’s back with The Muse. We are thrilled to welcome the extremely talented Burton, introducing one of the most anticipated books […]

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Richard III with Chris Skidmore

Friday 9th September, 8pm

King Richard III’s personality was forged in the tribulation of exile and the brutality of combat, his short two-year reign becoming one of the most tumultuous in English history. Popular interest in his colourful life is undergoing somewhat of a revival at present, with his remains alleged to have been found in an unlikely resting-place […]

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Ashes of London with Andrew Taylor

Thursday 15th September, 8pm

Time-hopping crime writer Andrew Taylor returns to us for another foray into the deadly mysteries of history. This time, Andrew’s smouldering new novel, Ashes of London, is set during the Great Fire of London: towering infernos turn the proud and booming city of 17th century England into a blistering hellscape; but that is not all […]

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Simple Supper with Diana Henry

Thursday 15th September, 8pm

She is our favourite flavour queen, she has charisma by the bucket and she is one of the most magical cooks writing today. Her superb, award winning cookbooks – Crazy Water Pickled Lemons, Roast Figs Sugar Snow, Salt Sugar Smoke, A Change of Appetite, A Bird in the Hand are always exciting and never allowed […]

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Anna Pasternak

Tuesday 20th September, 8pm

Lara tells the story of the love between Boris Pasternak and his typist and literary muse, Olga Ivinskaya and the affair which devastated the Pasternak family. This astonishing true history gives new illumination to the tragedy behind Pasternak’s masterwork, Doctor Zhivago. This heartrending account explores her great uncle’s hidden act of moral compromise and describes […]

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Good, Good Food with Sarah Raven

Thursday 27th October, 8pm

Sarah Raven is not only an inspirational cook, she was also once a doctor and has a wealth of medical training and knowledge behind her. Here she brings together her unique talents to offer a magnificent canon of recipes, sharing her medical knowledge to explain exactly how and why certain foods help protect your body […]

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David Crystal

Wednesday 15th March 2017, 8pm

Grammar is in the news again, involving new generations of children, teachers, and parents. People continue to argue about what’s right and wrong, and try to get to grips with the complexities. But why is grammar thought to be so difficult? How do children learn it so easily? Is there a way of making its […]

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