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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.

Robin Hobb

Friday 5th May, 8pm

Robin Hobb is one of the world’s finest writers of epic fiction. More than twenty years ago, the first fantasy novel featuring FitzChivalry Farseer and his mysterious, often maddening friend the Fool struck like a bolt of brilliant lightning. Now bestselling author Robin Hobb brings to a momentous close the third trilogy featuring these beloved […] See more »

Salt is Essential with Shaun Hill

Monday 8th May, 8pm

Over the course of a 50-year career, the widely-esteemed chef Shaun Hill has cooked at a trio of Michelin-starred kitchens, from Gidleigh Park in Chagford, to the Merchant House in Ludlow and latterly, the critically-acclaimed Walnut Tree in Abergavenny. A key figure in the Modern-British food movement of the late 1980s that fused local, seasonal […] See more »

An Evening with T. A. Cotterell for What Alice Knew

Tuesday 9th May, 8pm

‘Intriguing and layered … an impressive debut’ Shari Lapena, author of The Couple Next Door ‘It made me look at marriage in a different light’ Jane Corry, author of My Husband’s Wife’ How far would you go to keep a secret? Alice has a perfect life – a great job, happy kids and a wonderful […] See more »

The Good Gut with Liz Earle

Thursday 11th May, 8pm

A better gut means better health. It really is that simple. And it works at every level of the body, as friendly microbes affect not only the digestion of our food but also brain health, mood, emotions, energy levels, ageing, weight loss and so much more. Liz Earle, MBE is one of the world’s most […] See more »

James Hawes

Friday 12th May, 8pm

The West is in full retreat. The Anglo-Saxon powers, great and small, withdraw from Europe while the Continent itself appears hopelessly fractured. All eyes turn to the one polity, and the sole economy, which can possibly save the day: Germany. Yet this is the same land which, well within living memory, launched a genocidal war for total […] See more »

Nathan Outlaw Demo and Talk

Monday 15th May, 8pm

Outlaw is one of the most exhilarating chefs in Britain today with two Michelin stars for Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in Rock, Cornwall. He is famed for sensational modern British Seafood cookery in his fabulous restaurants in Cornwall, London and Dubai. This evening will be a real treat as he cooks some tastes from his gorgeous […] See more »

May Fiction Reading Group

Monday 15th May, 8pm

Spring is here, and with it comes a bonanza of my very favourite animal – bees. So what better for our fiction reading group than a brilliant novel all about bees! The Bees is a sweeping, moving epic that chronicles the life of a single honey bee, Flora-717. Flora is born an outcast but swiftly […] See more »

Alan Lee on Tolkien

Tuesday 30th May, 8pm

The £75 event voucher is redeemable against a beautifully illustrated limited slipcase edition of Beren and Luthien. Alan Lee, long standing Tolkien illustrator and recipient of an Academy Award for his work on The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, will visit the bookshop to talk about his work, focusing on his latest collaboration with the […] See more »

A. C. Grayling on War

Thursday 1st June, 8pm

A. C. Grayling returns to the bookshop to talk about War. In this original and deeply considered book, A. C. Grayling examines, tests, and challenges the concept of war. He proposes that a deeper, more accurate understanding of war may enable us to reduce its frequency, mitigate its horrors, and lessen the burden of its […] See more »

I Love India with Anjum Anand

Friday 2nd June, 8pm

The ever popular TV chef and food writer, Anjum Anand celebrates her new book,  I Love India – a tribute to extraordinary food culture, drawn from India’s diverse regions as well as from a host of traders, settlers and immigrants over the years. As vibrant as a Delhi spice market, the book is a delight […] See more »

Mark Billingham and Chris Brookmyre

Wednesday 7th June, 8pm

Two masters of crime fiction visit the bookshop for a night of candid tales and boisterous humour. Mark Billingham’s Love Like Blood is his most daring novel to date. As DI Nicola Tanner investigates what appears to be a series of organised killings, her partner Susan is brutally murdered, leaving the detective bereft, and vengeful. […] See more »

Green Kitchen at Home

Friday 9th June, 8pm

David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl are the faces behind the hugely successful award-winning vegetarian food and travel blog, Green Kitchen Stories. In Green Kitchen at Home they share their family favourites – from quick, delicious weekday breakfasts and dinners, to more elaborate meals for weekend celebrations. This is food that will make you look and […] See more »

Evan Davis

Saturday 10th June, 8pm

Britain’s favourite intelligent broadcaster Evan Davis, known for his work presenting Dragons Den and Newsnight, explores why lying is so prevalent – and why  nobody in public life seems to believe in the truth anymore. How did we to a place where it is not just rife but apparently so effective that it has become the communications strategy […] See more »

Simon Sebag Montefiore

Tuesday 13th June, 8pm

From master historian Simon Sebag Montefiore comes an enthralling tale of triumph and tragedy, love and death. The third in the critically acclaimed, award-winning ‘Moscow Trilogy’, Red Sky at Noon is historical fiction at its finest and most epic. Imprisoned in the Gulags for a crime he did not commit, Benya Golden joins a penal battalion made […] See more »

Novelist Adam Thorpe

Wednesday 14th June, 8pm

A spirited, restless fourteen-year-old, Fay, goes missing from a Lincoln council estate. Is she a runaway, or a victim – another face on a poster gradually fading with time? The story of her last few days before she vanishes is interwoven with the varied lives of six locals – whether aware or unaware of her […] See more »

Otto M Rheinschmiedt

Thursday 15th June, 8pm

The Fictions of Dreams explores the closely interconnected worlds of dreaming and fiction writing. The dream’s essence lies in its narrative facility -they are autobiographical fictions which tell the story of the dreamer’s life history, her insertion in transgenerational family themes, and her ethnic and cultural identity. In that sense dreams are psycho-social depositories and makers, […] See more »

Vivek Singh

Wednesday 28th June, 8pm

Britain’s best-known and respected Indian chef and the man behind the acclaimed Cinnamon Clubs brings us a gorgeous riot of a cookbook – Indian Festival Feasts. In this gastronomic celebration of India’s festival cuisine Vivek Singh brings his unique touch to traditional festival recipes and gives his insight into the significance of food from a […] See more »

Novelist Matt Haig

Thursday 13th July, 8pm

Matt Haig is a prolific, award-winning author of adult fiction, screenplays and children’s fiction, whose novels have been translated into 30 languages.  His new novel, How to Stop Time, is about ageing and identity, the nature of change and the transformative nature of love. His protagonist, Tom Hazard, is a history teacher who may seem […] See more »

Henry Marsh

Monday 17th July, 8pm

Henry Marsh has spent a lifetime operating on the surgical frontline. There have been exhilarating highs and devastating lows, but his love for the practice of neurosurgery has never wavered. Prompted by his retirement from his full-time job in the NHS, and through his continuing work in Nepal and Ukraine, Henry has been forced to […] See more »

Natasha Pulley

Tuesday 18th July, 8pm

The Bedlam Stacks is an astonishing historical novel set in the shadowy, magical forests of South America, which draws on the captivating world of the international bestseller The Watchmaker of Filigree Street. Deep in uncharted Peru, the holy town of Bedlam stands at the edge of a forest. The shrine statues move, and anyone who […] 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 »

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 »

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 »