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 Party with Novelist Isabella Fitzjohn-Moores

Friday 31st March, 8pm

Inspired by the Aesop’s Fable, The Goose with the Golden Egg, The Golden Hair is a coming of age story. A young woman, Charlotte, leaves the shelter of home and steps into a world she doesn’t recognise – a world of greed and its dire consequences. The book also includes eleven beautiful illustrations from local […] See more »

Poetry on the Paragon with Jacob Polley

Saturday 1st April, 8pm

Four years after Jacob’s last collection- The Havocs – Jackself sees Jacob at the height of his powers. In one of the most original books of poetry to appear in the last decade, Jackself spins a kind of fictionalized autobiography through nursery rhymes, riddles and cautionary tales, and through the many ‘Jacks’ of our folktale, […] See more »

Thomasina Miers Talk, Demo and Tastings

Tuesday 4th April, 8pm

Thomasina Miers’ excellent Guardian ‘weekend cook’ column has captured our culinary imaginations with its nourishing, hugely flavoursome dishes that don’t cost the earth and are fuss-free.  She is a former masterchef winner, the author of many excellent cookery books (Mexican Food Made Simple, Chilli Notes) and the founder of the exciting Wahaca Mexican restaurant group. […] See more »

Novelist James Ellis

Thursday 6th April, 8pm

The Wrong Story is the debut novel by James Ellis. A cartoonist falls from a roof and is left with partial amnesia and a growing inability to distinguish between real and imaginary events. His characters assume a grimy reality while the lives of his family and friends appear ever more unreal. It is a story […] See more »

Lisa McInerney

Thursday 20th April, 8pm

Lisa McInerney’s biting. moving and darkly funny The Glorious Heresies won the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and the 2016 Desmond Elliott Prize. She returns now with The Blood Miracles, another brilliant, fresh and vibrant novel. Like all twenty-year olds, Ryan Cusack is trying to get his head around who he is. This is not a good time […] See more »

The Unmumsy Mum

Wednesday 26th April, 8pm

New venue: St Michael’s Church, Broad Street. If you have booked places for this event, we will be in contact with you shortly to confirm this. Meet Sarah Turner, GQ columnist, blogger, mum of two and author behind the bestselling The Unmumsy Mum. Come to hear the remarkably candid and hilariously drawn observations on the […] See more »

Stuart Macbride

Saturday 29th April, 8pm

Stuart MacBride is one of the leading lights of Scottish crime fiction, renowned for his realism and tightly plotted, strikingly gritty police procedurals, the Logan MacRae and Ash Henderson serials. Now he has put his talents to use in producing a spectacular standalone thriller, A Dark So Deadly. With all the wit, grit, and pace of […] See more »

Julian Caldecott

Thursday 4th May, 8pm

Julian Caldecott writes about big stuff in the living world – from ecosystems and peoples to wildlife and water. His new book on Aid Performance and Climate Change builds on his last one, on Water, and links to his next, on The Most Important Things in the World.  He talks about what development is for, […] See more »

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 1908s that fused local, seasonal […] 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »