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Literary Walks

Sunday 28th August

Topping & Company Booksellers of Bath, York Street, Bath, Somerset BA1 1NG
Doors Open
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Andrew Swift and Kirsten Elliott are the founders of Akeman Press and the leading historians on the city of Bath.

Few cities have been so celebrated in print as Bath – from Smollett to Jane Austen, from Dickens to Fanny Burney, and from Sheridan to Georgette Heyer.

Many other famous writers have passed through as well – Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein in a house in the Abbey Church Yard, Coleridge met his wife in the city, and in the twentieth century John Betjeman championed its architectural heritage.

Even Shakespeare – or so it is believed – turned up to take a dip in the hot springs. The eleven walks in their brilliant book Literary Walks in Bath look at Bath through these authors’ eyes, creating a vivid social history of the city over the last 300 years and bringing the past alive with unparalleled immediacy.

Now, the local experts and passionate walkers, Andrew Swift and Kirsten Elliott, will be taking us on a literary tour of Bath. 

Join us in the bookshop at 9:30am for refreshments before we head off on a walk at 10am. The walk will last approximately 2 hours and finish at the end with further refreshments at the bookshop.

Places for this event are limited, so do book early to avoid disappointment!