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.

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 »


July Reading Group The Power by Naomi Alderman

Monday 3rd July, 7pm

Imagine if women had all the power? Naomi Alderman’s latest novel follows the lives of several women who – literally – have the ability to shock, as they discover they can emit electricity from their hands in order to stun, injure or kill. Our choice for July is also the well-deserved winner of the 2017 Baileys […] See more »


Celebrate Food from the Veneto

Tuesday 4th July, 8pm

Introducing Italy’s best kept secret… the cuisine of the Veneto, the rich and varied landscape bound by Lake Garda, the Dolomites and the Adriatic. Food-writer, cook and photographer Valeria Necchio shares flavours at the heart of the Veneto in North Eastern Italy. These are lovingly written recipes that capture the spirit of this beautiful and often unexplored region, […] See more »


An Evening with William Dalrymple

Wednesday 5th July, 8pm

William Dalrymple presents the first authoritative history of the Koh-i-Noor, arguably the most mythologised jewel in the world. Challenging the accepted narrative, Dalrymple tells the story behind what became the controversial centrepiece of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother’s crown. Masterly, powerful and erudite, this is history at its most compelling and invigorating. William Dalrymple has […] 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 »


In Jane Austen’s Footsteps with Kirsten Elliott and Andrew Swift

Sunday 16th July, 10.30am

Andrew Swift and Kirsten Elliott, two leading authorities on Bath’s literary past, will be taking us on a walk through Bath celebrating the age of Jane Austen, and all that she would have seen and experienced during her time here. Drawing on years of research and discovery, the walk will take us around Bath, showing […] 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 »


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 »