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 Book Festival, when the stars of the literary world come to Bath - truly a festival for readers.

Launch for Travelling Light by Alastair Sawday

Tuesday 25th July, 7.30pm

Traveller, teacher, environmentalist and campaigner, Alastair Sawday has inspired many to the joys of travelling and travelling slow. Travelling Light is part memoir, part travelogue; part hymn to stepping off the well-trodden path in life and in living life to the fullest. In this charming, erudite and spirited book Alastair encourages us to share in convivial meals and […] See more »


August Reading Group – All That Man Is by David Szalay

Monday 14th August, 7pm

David Szalay’s 2016 Booker-shortlisted novel follows the lives of several men as they attempt to navigate their way through life, death and the opposite sex. With unexpected outcomes, bittersweet humour and plenty to think about, Szalay’s captivating novel is guaranteed to provoke a reaction. All are welcome to join us for wine, nibbles and lively discussion […] See more »


Launch for A Pilgrim’s Guide to Sacred London by Jason Goodwin

Monday 14th August, 7.30pm

Jason Goodwin is a highly acclaimed historian, traveller, writer and novelist who has written extensively about the Ottoman Empire and Istanbul. His new book, A Pilgrim’s Guide to Sacred London, shows the London that nobody sees: “Erudite and insightful, yet most of all practical. Don’t step out in London without it.” (The British Pilgrimage Trust) Beneath the […] See more »


Robert Webb

Monday 4th September, 8pm

Part-memoir, part call-to-arms from the award-winning and hilariously funny Robert Webb, How Not to be a Boy promises to be an exceptional and even game-changing book. Looking back over his life, from schoolboy crushes (on girls and boys) to discovering the power of making people laugh (in the Cambridge Footlights with David Mitchell), and from […] See more »


An evening with Anthony Horowitz

Wednesday 13th September, 8pm

Join us for a thrilling evening with Anthony Horowitz – critically acclaimed adult fiction writer and the mastermind behind the best selling children’s series Alex Rider. Horowitz has recently been rewarded with the great privilege of carrying on the Bond series as a result of his intelligent and exhilarating writing. Anthony Horowitz’s talks are just as exciting […] See more »


Yotam Ottolenghi & Helen Goh

Tuesday 19th September, 8pm

Renowned for fresh evocative ingredients and bold inventive flavour, Ottolenghi has absolutely changed the way we eat and cook in this country. From Middle Eastern food to the very best Vegetarian recipes and world famous cakes and desserts, the Ottolenghi cookbooks have become national favourites. Sweet is a return to Yotam’s roots as a pastry […] See more »


The Scummy Mummies

Friday 29th September, 8pm

The Scummy Mummies – Helen Thorne and Ellie Gibson are a irreverent comedy duo whose wildly popular podcasts have been a sanity-saving and must listen for less-than-perfect parents. Their book Scummy Mummies is a celebration of parenting failures, hilarious confessions, fish fingers and wine! Join us for a night of belly rolling hilarity as we […] See more »


Jeremy Vine

Friday 6th October, 8pm

Jeremy Vine – a familiar and incredibly well-liked presenter, broadcaster and journalist, best known as the host of his own BBC Radio 2 programme comes to Bath to celebrate his new book  What I Learnt.  On approaching his 50th birthday, and having wracked up an extraordinary 25,000 listener calls, Jeremy decided to take stock of the […] See more »


Alan Hollinghurst

Saturday 7th October, 8pm

Famed for his alluring style, and irony, Alan Hollinghurst is often compared to Henry James. His prize-winning novels beautifully unravel rites of passage, desire and the fragility and the impossibility of love. Join Booker-Prize author Alan Hollinghurst for a discussion of his sixth novel, The Sparsholt Affair.  Crossing generations, moving between Oxford and London, it follows […] See more »


An Evening With Henry Blofeld

Tuesday 31st October, 8pm

Henry Blofeld has captivated generations of cricket fans with his idiosyncratic musings, characterised by his plummy voice, loveable charm and witty quips. Blowers is the quintessentially English cricket commentator, writer, oenophile, bon viveur, collector and national treasure, fondly regarded by everyone. His distinctively rich, cut glass voice and his vividly eccentric observations of life on and off […] See more »


Susan Hill

Thursday 16th November, 8pm

When we spend so much of our time immersed in books, who’s to say where reading ends and living begins? The two are impossibly and gloriously wedded, as Susan Hill shows in Jacob’s Room Has Too Many Books. Considering everything from Edith Wharton’s novels through to Alan Bennett’s diaries, Virginia Woolf and the writings of […] See more »