The Bath Reads project invites us to get to know books by local authors and start talking to each other about them. Bath Reads kicks off with an invitation to read five titles all by writers who live in or near to Bath.

Every neighbourhood in Bath and North East Somerset has its own book group. These reading communities are always on the look-out for new books and Bath Reads provides an exciting new talking point for them as we invite them to dive in to one or more of these five new novels from a variety of genres. During The Bath Festival at Home, a series of exclusive interviews will let readers hear the authors talk about their work and what inspires them.

If you’re part of a book group, why not choose one of the Bath Reads books and begin the conversation? You can order copies of the books from Mr B’s Emporium of Books or reserve the titles at your local Bath and North East Somerset Library via the Libraries West online booking service. The Bath Festival can also provide free resources for book groups in the form of suggested questions about the books to provoke book club discussions. To find out more, please email

Lucy Diamond

Joanna Nadin

Natasha Pulley

Tim Weaver

Jessica Gaitán Johannesson