Bath Events and Reading Groups

The bookshop in this beautiful and celebrated Georgian city is itself able to host occasions from reading groups and literary salons to large gatherings. Bath also offers a panoply of other wonderful venues in which we hold Britain's largest all year round literary festival, culminating every year with the Bath Autumn Literary Festival, when the stars of the literary world come to Bath - truly a festival for readers.

Mary Berry

Thursday 26th April, 8pm

Queen of Cakes, Mary Berry, has captured the nation’s heart with the Great British Bake Off and inspired us with her wise, funny and utterly dependable kitchen guidance. She comes to talk about her inspiring life and career, and celebrate her brand new collection of recipes featured her new TV-tie in cookbook, Classic. Inviting us into her life and […] See more »

Raymond E. Feist

Friday 27th April, 8pm

Raymond E. Feist is a titan of the fantasy genre: don’t miss this rare chance to meet this legendary master and discover the first book of his new epic Firemane Saga series. The world of Garn once boasted five great kingdoms, until the King of Ithrace was defeated and every member of his family executed […] See more »

NEW DATE: Michael Broers on Napoleon

Monday 30th April, 9pm

The new date for this event is Monday 30th April.  Michael Broers, Professor of Western European History at Oxford University, returns to Bath to talk about his new book The Spirit of the Age. In this major new study, the second volume in this three-part life of Napoleon, Broers covers  tumultuous years of 1805 to 1810―marking the […] See more »

Salley Vickers in Bath

Thursday 3rd May, 8pm

A charmingly subversive novel about a library in 1950s England, by the acclaimed author of Miss Garnet’s Angel, The Cleaner of Chartres and Cousins. Sylvia Blackwell, a young woman in her twenties, moves to East Mole, a quaint market town in middle England, to start a new job as a children’s librarian. But the apparently […] See more »

Towards Understanding: A Translated Fiction Reading Group

Monday 7th May, 7.30am

In May we travel to Keflavik: a town that has been called the darkest place in Iceland, surrounded by black lava fields, hemmed in by a sea that may not be fished. And it is to Keflavik that Ari – a writer and publisher – returns from Copenhagen at the behest of his dying father, two years […] See more »

Philosopher John Gray

Wednesday 9th May, 8pm

One of Britain’s leading philosophers joins us for a meditation on the importance of atheism in the modern world – as well as discussing its inadequacies and contradictions. Join us for a stimulating evening as we explore the rich, complex world of the atheist tradition and explore what it is to be human with reference […] See more »

Emma Healey

Thursday 10th May, 8pm

Emma Healey’s debut novel Elizabeth is Missing was a sensation. Alongside its astonishing sales figures, it won the Costa First Novel Award in 2014 and was shortlisted for the National Book Awards Popular Fiction Book of the Year. Whistle in the Dark, her new book, is a remarkable and gripping mystery. Jen’s 15-year-old daughter goes missing for […] See more »

Curry Guy Easy Bookshop Supper

Friday 11th May, 8pm

The Curry Guy, AKA Dan Toombs has long perfected the art of British Indian Restaurant cooking and established a large and loyal fanbase. His bestselling book, The Curry Guy is a must-have for those looking to recreate that classic curry house taste and texture with takeaway-style recipes that we know and love. Besieged by requests for more curry […] See more »

Book Launch for My Mother’s Secret by Sanjida Kay

Monday 14th May, 8pm

Sanjida Kay’s My Mother’s Secret is a gripping and emotionally complex new novel about the lies we tell ourselves and our families to keep them safe. Your mother has a secret. Do you really want to know what it is? Stella’s mum, Emma, has always been a little strange, but now she’s behaving really oddly. Stella is convinced her mother […] See more »

Book Launch for Clash of Empires by Ben Kane

Wednesday 16th May, 7pm

When a new empire rises, an old one must fall. After sixteen years of bloody war against Rome, Hannibal Barca is on the verge of defeat. On the plains of Zama, Felix and his brother Antonius stand in the formidable Roman legions, ready to deliver the decisive blow. Victory will establish Rome as the pre-eminent […] See more »

Venetian Bookshop Supper with Skye McAlpine

Wednesday 16th May, 8pm

Skye McAlpine is an alluring and gifted storyteller, cook and photographer. She is heralded by Anna Del Conte and Ruth Rogers of the River Cafe and her stunning debut cookbook, A Table in Venice offers an insider’s view on Venetian home cooking bringing this fabled and enigmatic city to life. Venetian food is laden with […] See more »

Tim Weaver

Thursday 17th May, 8pm

Rising Star of British Crime and Sunday Times bestselling author of the David Raker Missing Persons series, Tim Weaver comes to the bookshop to read from and discuss his chilling new thriller, You Were Gone.  Three days after Christmas, a woman walks into a police station. She has no phone and no ID, just a […] See more »

May Fiction Reading Group

Monday 21st May, 7.30pm

For our May group, we time travel to 1950’s New York with a classic of American fiction. James Baldwin’s  Another Country is a masterly story of desire, hatred and violence, and opens with the unforgettable character of Rufus Scott, a scavenging Harlem jazz musician adrift in the city. Self-destructive, bad and brilliant, he draws us into a […] See more »

Shore to Shore with Carol Ann Duffy

Sunday 17th June, 3pm

Join us for an afternoon with prestigious poet and former UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy as she comes to Bath as part of a tour celebrating independent bookshops and bringing poetry to the heart of the communities. Over the course of her illustrious life of writing, she has won the T.S Eliot Prize, the Whitbread Award, […] See more »

Historian Antony Beevor

Wednesday 27th June, 8pm

Award-winning historian Antony Beevor comes to talk about one of the great airborne battles of WW2 in his new work, Arnhem. Allied Operation Market Garden was a bold concept and a costly failure, with large casualties and German reprisals lasting until the end of the war. Join us for a gripping evening, as Beevor reconstructs […] See more »