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.

Towards Understanding: A Fiction in Translation Reading Group

Monday 5th March, 7.30pm

This month we are reading one of my favourite pieces of fiction published in 2017, Annie Harwicz’s blistering novella Die, My Love.  Die, My Love is a dark whirlwind of a novel. With shades of Han Kang’s The Vegetarian, it is an immediate and unrelenting plunge into intensity, though the weight of humanity that anchors every beautiful sentence […] See more »

Sam Guglani and Jo Cannon

Tuesday 13th March, 8pm

Joanna Cannon and Sam Guglani discuss how their work as doctors has inspired their fiction. Guglani is a consultant oncologist and director of Medicine Unboxed.  His debut novel Histories is a hypnotic portrait of hospital life, over one week. In the corridors and consulting rooms, by the bedside, through the open curtain, we witness charged encounters […] See more »

An Evening with Brett Anderson of Suede

Thursday 15th March, 8pm

Brett Anderson came from a world impossibly distant from rock star success, and in Coal Black Mornings he traces the journey that took him from a childhood as ‘a snotty, sniffy, slightly maudlin sort of boy raised on Salad Cream and milky tea and cheap meat’ to becoming founder and lead singer of Suede. Brett grew up […] See more »

Michael Broers on Napoleon

Tuesday 20th March, 8pm

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 zenith of Napoleon’s power and military might across Europe. Examining the […] See more »

Sarah Hilary

Thursday 22nd March, 8pm

Gripping, twisting and full of emotional insight, Come and Find Me is Sarah Hilary’s fifth Marnie Rome book. These exceptionally well-written, and psychologically intense London-set police dramas are very much awaited by fans. Come and Find Me deals with obsessive and addictive love, sadistic and dangerous men, and guilt.  A deliciously intense and addictive read. Sarah will […] See more »

Acorn Vegetarian Kitchen’s Richard Buckley

Thursday 29th March, 8pm

Award-winning chef Richard Buckley and owner of one of Bath’s real gems and hot destination for vegetarians,  Acorn Vegetarian Kitchen joins us to cook and talk about his new book Plants Taste Better. This beautiful book will guide and inspire you to make even the most knobbly and overlooked of ingredients shine. Current plant based cookbooks rarely […] See more »

Diana Henry

Tuesday 3rd April, 8pm

Acclaimed flavour queen and one of our absolute favourite food writers, Diana Henry joins us once again to chat about How to Eat a Peach – Menus, Stories & Places. A new book of menus with perfectly flowing balanced dishes, it is a magical evocation of the places and people that have shaped her cooking […] See more »

Samantha Harvey

Wednesday 4th April, 8pm

Gifted novelist and Bath local Samantha Harvey joins us to celebrate her suspenseful new novel, The Western Wind. Set in a 15th century Somerset village, a man has drowned in unexplained circumstances – swept away in the early hours of Shrove Saturday. But was it an accident, suicide, or murder? As Shrovetide continues, its priest […] See more »

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 »

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 Healy’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 »

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 »