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.

15 Minute Vegan with Katy Beskow

Friday 22nd March, 8pm

Increasingly we are all learning to overhaul what we eat to meet the needs of a planet in crisis. In her successful 15 Minute Vegan cookbooks, Katy Beskow’s passion for cooking quick, easy and ethical food knows no bounds. She will talk and cook from her newest book, 15 Minute Vegan: On a Budget, demonstrating that you […] See more »

An Evening with Taylor Jenkins Reid

Monday 25th March, 8pm

“I devoured Daisy Jones & The Six in a day, falling head over heels for it. Daisy and the band captured my heart.”—Reese Witherspoon Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Daisy Jones & The Six  has already been acclaimed as one of the leading novels of 2019, with Reese Witherspoon and Lucy Mangan championing it as one of their favourite novels. […] See more »

Simon Winder on Europe

Tuesday 26th March, 8pm

At the heart of western Europe lies a huge swath of land, stretching from the mud and fogs of the North Sea coast, down through countless market towns, ports, fortresses and ancient cathedrals, through a mass of river systems and forests, all the way to the great barrier of the Alps. Divided by their languages, […] See more »

An Evening with Melissa Harrison

Wednesday 27th March, 8pm

From the author of  At Hawthorn Time comes a major new novel from Toppings favourite, Melissa Harrison.  The autumn of 1933 is the most beautiful Edie Mather can remember, although the Great War still casts its shadow over the fields and villages around her beloved Suffolk  home, Wych Farm. Constance FitzAllen arrives from London to document fading […] See more »

New Kitchen Basics: Claire Thomson

Friday 29th March, 8pm

Chef and food writer Claire Thomson is the National Trust food writer and author of the superb cookbooks, The 5 O’ Clock Apron and Art of the Larder.  We’re delighted to welcome Claire back to cook in the bookshop from her New Kitchen Basics. You will really revitalise your repertoire with this refreshing book. Most of […] See more »

Sabrina Ghayour: Bazaar

Friday 5th April, 8pm

Delicious new vegetarian recipes from the bestselling Middle Eastern chef Sabrina Ghayour, author of Persiana, Sirocco and Feasts. Her new book, Bazaar is a colourful, flavourful and satisfying celebration of vegetable dishes. The magic of this cookbook is that it’s full of easy-to-achieve flavours and depth that would win over even the most die-hard carnivore – Roast vegetable bastilla, […] See more »

Graham Hancock on The Mysterious Origins of Civilisation

Saturday 6th April, 11.30am

We’re excited to welcome back the internationally bestselling author of Fingerprints of the Gods, and Bath resident Graham Hancock. Join us as we celebrate Graham Hancock’s latest non-fiction work, America Before: The Key to Earth’s Lost Civilisation, in which he shares the results of his explosive new investigation into the prehistory of the Americas.  He showcases scientific proof of a long-lost ancient […] See more »

An Evening with James Runcie

Tuesday 9th April, 8pm

“There is no denying the winning charm of these artfully fashioned mysteries” –  The Independent. Crime fiction is a treasured genre for us here in Bath; from the gritty to the cosy, we love it all. It’s therefore an absolute delight to welcome none other than James Runcie to the bookshop to discuss Quickstep, a prequel […] See more »

Kate Spicer’s Lost Dog

Wednesday 10th April, 8pm

Writer and journalist, Kate Spicer is a middle-aged woman trying to steer some order into a life that is going off the rails. When she adopts a lurcher called Wolfy, the shabby rescue dog saves her from herself. A brilliant, life-affirming tragicomic memoir, Lost Dog is a love story, a myth of modern womanhood, and […] See more »

James Hawes Book Launch for The Shortest History of England

Tuesday 16th April, 8pm

James Hawes wrote the authoritative, and highly enjoyable bestseller  The Shortest History of Germany. His brief yet rewarding book examined Germany’s place in a continent on the throes of upheaval.  Garlanded with superb reviews, it is an exhilarating book to read. His highly anticipated The Shortest History of England is equally excellent.  Comprehensive, yet still concise, the book […] See more »

An Evening with Angela Gallop Forensic Scientist

Wednesday 17th April, 8pm

Angela Gallop is the UK’s most eminent forensic scientist. During a career spanning more than 40 years, she has helped to drive change and transformation within the service, both in the UK and abroad. A specialist in cold-case investigations, Angela has led forensic teams to find vital evidence in many of the UK’s most challenging  and […] See more »

An Evening with Lindsey Davis

Thursday 18th April, 8pm

We’re privileged to welcome award-winning historical novelist Lindsey Davis back to Bath. Best known for The Course of Honour, the true story of the Emperor Vespasian and his mistress Caenis, and for her twenty volume mystery series featuring Roman detective, Marcus Didius Falco, Davis is a prolific and immensely talented author. From her early series spanning […] See more »

Novelist Ariana Harwicz

Wednesday 24th April, 8pm

Die, My Love, Ariana Harwicz’s first novel, was nominated for the Man Booker International prize and has become a firm favourite in the bookshop. Blisteringly visceral and intense, it is a dark, beautiful, dizzying plunge into the mind of a woman at odds with reality. Exhausted with the unfairness and vulnerabilities of being a wife […] See more »

Talks & Tastes: Tim Anderson

Friday 26th April, 8pm

A journey through the boulevards and backstreets of Tokyo via recipes both iconic and unexpected. Chef, food writer, MasterChef champion, Tim Anderson – of Nanban and JapanEasy fame – is one of our most prominent voices on Japanese/American food. His newest passion project is Tokyo Stories where he takes inspiration from the chefs, shopkeepers, and home […] See more »

Sunday Walk: Family Foraging with Dave Hamilton

Sunday 28th April, 10.30am

Wild food is nutritious, delicious and completely free. During this fun walk with forager and horticulturist Dave Hamilton, you’ll forage for food during a walk in beautiful Bath. Along the way, you’ll learn how to identify a wide range of wild plants, as well as how to use those plants in a variety of dishes. Dave […] See more »

Joanne Harris: The Chocolat Sequel

Tuesday 30th April, 8pm

The Strawberry Thief is the compelling new sequel to the bestselling Chocolat. Vianne Rocher has settled down happily in Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, the place that once rejected her. With Rosette, her ‘special’ child, she runs her chocolate shop in the square, talks to her friends on the river, is part of the community.  Even Reynaud, the priest, […] See more »

An Evening with Novelist Anuradha Roy

Wednesday 1st May, 8pm

“A writer of great subtlety and intelligence . . . a beautifully written and compelling story of how families fall apart and what remains of the aftermath” (Kamila Shamsie). One of India’s greatest living novelists, Anuradha Roy, will be discussing her new novel All The Lives We Never Lived, a subtle and brillaint exploration of human […] See more »

An Evening with John Connolly

Thursday 2nd May, 8pm

2019 marks the 20th Anniversary of John Connolly’s beloved Charlie Parker series, and so it is exceptionally exciting that John joins us to launch the new volume in the series, A Book of Bones. In this epic new volume, John Connolly pulls all the threads of Charlie Parker’s story together; his hunt has stretched over this number […] See more »

Modern Cheesemaking with Morgan McGlynn

Friday 3rd May, 8pm

Calling all cheese lovers: join us for an evening of tastings and an insight into the craft of artisan cheesemaking.  Morgan McGlynn is one of the youngest women in the business; at the age of 22 she opened her own shop, Muswell Hill Cheeses and she is C4 Sunday Brunch’s resident cheese expert as well as the cheese adviser […] See more »

An Evening with Chris Brookmyre

Tuesday 7th May, 8pm

To new nanny Amanda, the Temple family seem to have it all: the former actress; the famous professor; their three successful grown-up children. But like any family, beneath the smiles and hugs there lurks far darker emotions. Sixteen years earlier, little Niamh Temple died while they were on holiday in Portugal. Now, as Amanda joins the […] See more »

Unravelling the Double Helix with Gareth Williams

Wednesday 15th May, 8pm

DNA. The double helix; the blueprint of life; and, during the early 1950s, a baffling enigma that could win a Nobel Prize. Everyone knows that James Watson and Francis Crick discovered the double helix. In fact, they clicked into place the last piece of a huge jigsaw puzzle that other researchers had assembled over decades. […] See more »

Talks & Tastes: Kay Plunkett-Hogge & Diana Henry

Wednesday 22nd May, 8pm

Celebrate the food of Thailand with tastes and stories. Fellow food writer, and friend of our bookshop, Diana Henry, will interview Kay Plunkett-Hogge as she cooks recipes from her new cookbook, Baan.  Meaning the hearth, the home, the community, Baan is the place where you come from. Born and brought up in 1970s Bangkok, acclaimed […] See more »

Siri Hustvedt

Friday 24th May, 8pm

Siri Hustvedt, the celebrated author of What I Loved and The Summer Without Men is visiting Bath to coincide with the launch of her provocative and timely new novel Memories of the Future. Fresh from Minnesota and hungry for all New York has to offer, twenty-three-year-old S.H. embarks on a year that proves both exhilarating and frightening – […] See more »

Talks & Tastes: Jose Pizarro’s Andalusia

Tuesday 4th June, 8pm

Award-winning and enigmatic chef, Jose Pizarro is at the top of his game in the world of Spanish food. His books, Simple Spanish Food, Basque and Catalonia are acclaimed and bestselling.  We warmly invite Jose back to the bookshop for a celebration of the food of the rather magical part of Spain’s Southern coast – Andalucia: […] See more »

An Evening with Mick Herron

Monday 24th June, 8pm

Bestselling spy novelist Mick Herron returns with Joe Country, the sixth of his acclaimed Jackson Lamb novels. If Spook Street is where spies live, Joe Country is where they go to die. In Slough House, the London outpost for disgraced spies MI5, memories are stirring, all of them bad. Catherine Standish is buying booze again, Louisa […] See more »

An Evening with Victoria Hislop

Wednesday 26th June, 8pm

Victoria Hislop’s new novel Those Who Are Loved is set against the backdrop of the German occupation of Greece, the subsequent civil war and a military dictatorship, all of which left deep scars. Themis is part of a family bitterly divided by politics and, as a young woman, her fury with those who have collaborated […] See more »

Ocean Vuong: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

Wednesday 3rd July, 8pm

Internationally acclaimed poet Ocean Vuong reflects on his writing life and debut novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. Brilliant, heartbreaking, tender, and highly original – poet Ocean Vuong’s debut novel is a sweeping and shattering portrait of a family, and a testament to the redemptive power of storytelling. Now the author brings his poetic precision to […] See more »

An Evening with Ann Cleeves

Wednesday 11th September, 8pm

‘The best living evoker of landscape’ –  The Guardian Ann Cleeves, one of Britain’s most successful crime writers, is the author of 33 novels that are loved both in print and on screen: the Vera Stanhope and Shetland series are major TV adaptations starring Brenda Blethyn  and Douglas Henshall respectively. Famous for her evocative landscape writing, the […] See more »

A C Grayling: The History of Philosophy

Tuesday 17th September, 8pm

A C Grayling’s aim in The History of Philosophy is to give a clear and comprehensive account of the great adventure of philosophy, mainly in the Western tradition but with overviews of the rich Indian, Chinese and Arabic-Persian traditions also. Philosophy is the fountainhead of ideas that drive history and shape our world; it is the […] See more »

Dazzling Science Fiction with Peter F Hamilton

Tuesday 8th October, 8pm

Peter F. Hamilton is a stalwart of modern science fiction, internationally renowned for the genre expanding Commonwealth & Void trilogies. We’re very happy to announce that Peter will be coming to Bath in October 2019 to celebrate the launch of Salvation Lost, the second volume of his epic new trilogy. As with his best writing, Salvation Lost has dynamic, multifaceted characters; brilliant […] See more »

Stephen Moss on The Twelve Birds of Christmas

Tuesday 12th November, 8pm

Author and naturalist Stephen Moss digs beneath the surface of the famous carol ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’, to discover an alternative meaning to the verses: and reveals that in his view this is, indeed, a bird-centred tribute to the Festive Season. He weaves history, culture, bird behaviour and folklore into a compelling narrative for each species, […] See more »

Nicola Tallis on Margaret Beaufort the mother of the Tudor Dynasty

Tuesday 19th November, 8pm

‘Nicola Tallis, one of our great popular historians.’ Alison Weir Margaret Beaufort is the mother of the Tudor Dynasty. During the bloody and uncertain days of the Wars of the Roses, she was married to the half brother of the Lancastrian king Henry VI. A year later she endured a traumatic birth that brought her and her […] See more »