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.

John Lanchester

Thursday 24th January, 8pm

Novelist and journalist John Lanchester, widely famed for his novels The Debt to Pleasure and Capital, possess a rare ability to speak to speak to our society’s preoccupations with uncanny exactness; The Wall is a testament to this skill. This hypnotic new novel is about why the young are right to hate the old. It’s about a […] See more »

Childrens Galley Book Club

Sunday 27th January, 10am

The Galley Book Club is a reading club for children aged seven to eleven years-old. We sit in a circle and talk about a book we’ve read over the course of the month. We also have the children write a review of their book prior to attending so they can recommend (or not recommend!) the […] See more »

Sunday Walk: Bath at War

Sunday 27th January, 10.30am

Join Bath-born authors Nigel and David Lassman on a journey into the heart of wartime Bath to celebrate the launch of their new book – Bath At War 1939-45. Their new book is comprehensive account of the city’s experience of the conflict, covering in detail life on the Home Front set against the background of the […] See more »

Gerald Seymour in Bath

Wednesday 30th January, 8pm

Gerald Seymour – one of Britain’s most loved thriller novelist – returns with his highly anticipated new novel Battle Sight Zero. Gerald Seymour’s career has been defined by fast-paced, unpredictable, and obsessively gripping crime novels which have helped to elevate and re-define the whole genre. Battle Sight Zero, follows Andy Knight, an undercover officer deployed amongst […] See more »

The Rebirth of an English Country House

Thursday 31st January, 8pm

After being deserted for four decades and having fallen into serious disrepair, the sixteenth-century English country house of the Earls of Shaftesbury has undergone a thorough renovation—from the roof, structural walls, and interiors of St Giles House to the surrounding grounds, gardens, and exquisite shell-lined grotto— all helmed by The 12th Earl of Shaftesbury, Nicholas […] See more »

February Fiction Reading Group

Monday 4th February, 7.30pm

This month we are reading The Leavers by Lisa Ko. Set in New York and China, The Leavers is a vivid examination of borders and belonging. It’s a moving story of how a boy comes into his own when everything he loves is taken away, and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of the past. […] See more »

David Jacques on Blick Mead: the Origins of Stonehenge

Tuesday 5th February, 8pm

Join us for a fascinating evening celebrating the publication of David Jacques’ groundbreaking research into the origins of Stonehenge. Though the Stonehenge landscape is one of the most famous prehistoric sites in the world much about the purpose and origins of the stones remains a mystery, and little attention has been paid to what human […] See more »

Anja Dunk Demo & Tastings

Thursday 7th February, 8pm

Join us for a noodle making demo and tastes of delicious, distinctly Teutonic flavours with warm, transportive storytelling from this German/Welsh food writer. Cook, artist, mother of 3 young boys and lover of ‘the 4 o’clock cocktail’, Anja Dunk was born in Wales to a German mother and a Welsh father. Her childhood was spent […] See more »

Brian May

Monday 11th February, 8pm

Brian May returns with the London Stereoscopic Company to present the fifth in a series of  diverse stereoscopic ventures which have previously encompassed Victorian art and fashion, a riveting exploration of a quaint nineteenth century Oxfordshire Village, and the euphoria of Queen’s rapturous touring years. He now turns his attention to the Apollo program in […] See more »

Poets Philip Gross and Lesley Saunders

Tuesday 12th February, 8pm

A Part of the Main is a collaborative collection from esteemed and distinguished poets Philip Gross and Lesley Saunders. A Part of the Main grew from an email exchange after the referendum of 2016. Over three or four months in vivid, exploratory verses shuttled back and forth. Trusting to the improvisatory flow, the sequence moves in […] See more »

Japan Now: Novelist Yu Miri

Wednesday 20th February, 8pm

Yu Miri is one of Japan’s most exciting contemporary writers, whose work confronts taboos in Japanese society such as suicide and child neglect with fearless perception. In Tokyo Ueno Station, a homeless man looks back on his life, his migration to the big city and the state of the nation. Join Yu Miri and her […] See more »

Celebrating Lee Miller in The Age of Light

Friday 22nd February, 8pm

She went to Paris to start over, to make art instead of being made into it. The Age of Light tells the story of Vogue model turned renowned photographer Lee Miller, and her search to forge a new identity as an artist after a life spent as a muse.`I’d rather take a photograph than be one,’ said Lee Miller, […] See more »

Celebrated Novelist Tessa Hadley

Tuesday 26th February, 8pm

Tessa Hadley has long been one of the most respected and celebrated voices in British literary fiction. Her stories are treasure troves of humanity, replete with the swells of darkness that lie deep within all of us. Late in the Day explores the tangled webs at the centre of our most intimate relationships, to expose how […] See more »

An Evening with Tracey Thorn

Wednesday 27th February, 7.30pm

Highly acclaimed author and much loved singer-songwriter, Tracey Thorn (Marine Girls, Everything But The Girl) joins us this evening to discuss her latest book, Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia. Her previous books –  Bedsit Disco Queen and Naked at the Albert Hall – have earned her many accolades as an engaging, warm and witty writer, including ‘the Alan Bennett […] See more »

Bath’s Best Baker Richard Bertinet

Thursday 28th February, 8pm

There is no better man to show the dough who’s boss than Brittany-born, chef and baker, Richard Bertinet.  His demonstrations and cookery classes are renowned worldwide and always a hugely spirited event. Crumb: show the dough who’s boss is his inspiring new book with all of his hallmark straightforward approach to making classic bread to […] See more »

David Nott the War Doctor

Friday 1st March, 8pm

For more than twenty-five years, David Nott has taken unpaid leave from his job as a general and vascular surgeon with the NHS to volunteer in some of the world’s most dangerous war zones. From Sarajevo under siege in 1993, to clandestine hospitals in rebel-held eastern Aleppo, he has carried out life-saving operations and field […] See more »

Roger Eatwell on National Populism

Tuesday 5th March, 8pm

Roger Eatwell’s National Populism: The Revolt against Liberal Democracy (co-authored with Matt Goodwin) has been extensively reviewed in the press and appeared in the Sunday Times Top Ten non fiction bestseller list. The book rejects the claims of those commentators who see European and US parties and leaders like Donald Trump and the French National […] See more »

Superstar Novelist Max Porter

Thursday 7th March, 8pm

Grief is the Thing with Feathers was a sensational debut of astonishing literary merit. Sensitive, thoughtful and stunningly original, it has been a staple recommendation in the bookshop since its publication. Lanny, then, has been awaited eagerly by all of us. It does not disappoint. Once again, Max Porter has crafted an entirely fresh form of […] See more »

Sir Tim Waterstone

Wednesday 13th March, 8pm

Tim Waterstone is a maverick and one of Britain’s most successful entrepreneurs, having built the Waterstone’s empire that started with one small bookshop in 1982. In this charming and evocative memoir, he recalls the childhood experiences that led him to become an entrepreneur and outlines the business philosophy that allowed Waterstone’s to dominate the bookselling […] See more »

Novelist Valeria Luiselli

Monday 18th March, 8pm

Valeria Luiselli’s Lost Children Archive is an extraordinary and virtuosic achievement of writing. It is at once a road novel, a deeply affecting family drama, a commentary on migration and the displacement of populations, and a rumination on the power of art and literature to make sense of the world around us. Every sentence is […] See more »

Novelist Joanna Walsh

Wednesday 20th March, 8pm

Joanna Walsh is the type of author that is necessary to the health of literary fiction; the type of author who challenges form and convention and is unapologetically, unequivocally unique. Break.Up is an extraordinary piece of writing. Wise, intense and often uncomfortably raw, the novel explores the emotional state of its narrator immediately after the break up […] See more »

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 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »