Friday 26 February - Sunday 6 March

Big Bath Read 2016


This year’s Big Bath Read is Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller.

The 2016 Big Bath Read returns bigger and better than ever and we are inviting book groups and book lovers to get involved – read, discuss and be inspired by a fantastic and thrilling debut novel!


1976: Peggy Hillcoat is eight. She spends her summer camping with her father, playing her beloved record of The Railway Children and listening to her mother’s grand piano, but her pretty life is about to change.Her survivalist father, who has been stockpiling provisions for the end which is surely coming soon, takes her from London to a cabin in a remote European forest. There he tells Peggy the rest of the world has disappeared.

Her life is reduced to a piano which makes music but no sound, a forest where all that grows is a means of survival. And a tiny wooden hut that is Everything.

‘Fuller handles the tension masterfully in this grown-up thriller of a fairytale, full of clues, questions and intrigue.’ – The Times

‘Extraordinary…From the opening sentence it is gripping’ – Sunday Times


We will be hosting book groups in the build up to the Festival which individuals and book groups are welcome to attend. These will be run by one of our festival producers.

All book groups are free to attend and include a free copy of the book. Come along to either of the following:


Monday 1st February at Chew Stoke Hub at the Stoke Inn: 2-3pm
Thursday 11th February at Keynsham Library: 3-4pm


These events are FREE but ticketed.
Places for each group are limited so book early to avoid disappointment!
Please call Bath Box Office on 01225 463362 to book a place or pop in to either of the above libraries to pick up a ticket.

Your inclusive copy of Our Endless Numbered Days will be available to collect over the counter at Bath Box Office or your respective library on collection/presentation of your ticket. There will also be borrowing copies available at these libraries and at Midsomer Norton Library, Saltford Library and Bath Central Library.

If you would like free copies of Claire Fullers title for your own book group, please get in touch with the Bath Festivals Production Office on 01225 462 231 to reserve copies.

And once you’ve done all that don’t forget to come along to the Big Bath Read Events where Claire Fuller speaks to our Artistic Director Viv Groskop about her award winning novel and her life as an author.

Saturday 27th February, 2-3pm at Keynsham Community Space

and Sunday 28th February, 2.45-3.45pm at the Guildhall


Here are some key questions to consider while reading Our Endless Numbered Days: Reader Group Guide


Take a look at some of the reviews below to get a feel for the novel:

The Independent

The Guardian

Sunday Express

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