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Here at Mr B’s we run literary events with a difference. Each of our events features one of our favourite authors who we’ve invited along because we think that they’re fantastic and we think that you will too. Our BOOK LOVERS UNITE events incorporate and author interview with food and wine and sometimes music from our Bookshop Band and take place in our cozy bibliotherapy room at the shop. At our Literary Legend events we welcome big name authors to external venues across the city. Here’s what we have planned… 





Mr B's Introduces
The First Blast to Awaken Women Degenerate
with special guest poet

Thursday 14th September
7pm - 8pm at Mr B's

We’re immensely excited to invite all to our first ever performance poetry event in the shop. Rachel McCrum has travelled the world with her powerful, direct and enthralling poetry, writing her way from Northern Ireland to Haiti and South Africa and beyond. Her debut collection, "The First Blast to Awaken Women Degenerate" is as widely travelled as Rachel herself, asking questions of displacement, resistance and about what happens when we raise our voices.

Jess first came across Rachel’s work in Edinburgh, where Rachel co-founded the cult spoken word night Rally & Broad. She was the inaugural Poet in Residence at BBC Scotland. Now based in Montreal, she is traveling the UK this summer and – lucky for us – making a stop in Bath for an evening. For poetry lovers and intrigued newbies alike, this promises to be a rare and inspiring night, infused with the kind of poetry which thrives both off and on the page. Join us for a transporting performance here in our bibliotherapy room and then relive the magic at home in the company of Rachel’s exhilarating new collection.

Tickets £6 each. Ticket price includes poetry performance and book-signing, a glass of wine and 15% off all books on the night.

To book: email, call 01225, book online, or pop into the shop at 14-15 John Street, BA1 2JL




A Skinful of Shadows
an evening with special guest author
Tuesday 26th September
7pm at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (16-18 Queen's Square, BA1 2HN)

If you’ve chatted to our Amy or Emma about excellent, atmospheric fantasy in the last year, you’ve very likely been recommended "The Lie Tree" by Frances Hardinge – the first novel for young adults to be awarded the Costa Book of the Year Award since "The Amber Spyglass" by Philip Pullman in 2011. It’s an extraordinary narrative which combines magic and science with deeply insightful writing about identity and the battles of growing up and finding your own way.

This autumn we’re thrilled to be hosting Frances for an evening of fascinating history brought to life. Frances’ highly-anticipated new novel "A Skinful of Shadows", is set in the early part of the English Civil War. It introduces us to a unique young character, Makepeace Danners, who discovers that she has an exceptional hereditary talent - one that is sure to attract the attention of her powerful ancestors, The Felmotte family. Makepeace finds her strength tested, as she struggles to control her incredible gift in this new dark, historical fantasy novel.

"The Lie Tree" quickly made devoted fans of the Mr B’s team. We fell head over heels for Frances’ beautiful use of language, and extraordinary ability to create an uncanny and imaginative worlds as well as a thoroughly compelling story. Join us as we quiz Frances about her new dark, historical tale of a mysterious family's hidden secrets, and a young girl's quest to shape her own destiny.

Tickets £6 each. Ticket price includes author interview and book signing and 15% off all books on the night.

To book: email, call 01225 331155, book online, or pop into the shop at 14-15 John Street, BA1 2JL





Into the Grey Zone
with special guest author


Thursday 5th October
7pm at Mr B's

Neuroscientist Adrian Owen has devoted his life to working with patients diagnosed as being in PVS: Permanent Vegetative State.  In 2006, the efforts of Owen’s team led to a ground-breaking discovery, when they were able to demonstrate that a number of these patients were, although not outwardly responsive, then at least inhabiting a place between consciousness and death, a ‘grey zone’ where the mind is still able to process information.


In Owen’s immensely fascinating book, we encounter real life case studies and follow a science community’s search for greater understanding of what it means to be ‘conscious’. Into the Grey Zone takes us to the cutting edge of neuroscience, and shows how this heightened knowledge of brain function is feeding through into better patient outcomes. It’s alo a highly readable book, reminiscent of the works of Henry Marsh and Oliver Sacks, and a very timely look at what is a perennial hot topic: how we assess quality of life and chances of recovery in patients who are in PVS.


Adrian Owen is currently the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging at The Brain and Mind Institute, University of Western Ontario. We’re delighted to welcome him to Mr B’s during his stay in the UK. Join us for what promises to be an evening full of big questions in a small bibliotherapy room, great conversations and delicious food and drink.


Tickets £14 each or two for £25. Ticket price includes author interview and book signing, a buffet-style dinner and a drink as well as  15% off all books on the night.


To book: email, call 01225, book online, or pop into the shop at 14-15 John Street, BA1 2JL



Mr B's Local Launch

The Jewelled Jaguar by SHARON TREGENZA

Thursday 12th October

6:45pm - 8:30pm


'When a hole in the ground opened up and swallowed my mum, my life changed forever...' With his mother in hospital in a coma, Griffin has to stay with the uncle and aunt he hasn't seen in years. His cousin Cinnamon doesn t want him there. What s going on? Is it something to do with the fabulous Aztec knife about to go on display in the museum? Is it really cursed? Griffin and Cinnamon will have to find a way to work together to survive when they are lured down into the secret tunnels...


Join us to celebrate publication of "The Jewelled Jaguar" a new middle grade novel by local writer, Sharon Tregenza.


FREE ENTRY. Please email to book your place



Book Groups & Other Events



The Emporium Strikes Back

 Wednesday 6th September

  6.45 pm at the Salamander Pub (opposite Mr B's)


We will be reading "Lagoon" by Nnedi Okorafor


Mr B's book groups are free and we offer a 10% discount on all of our chosen books.


To book your place email




Mr B's Marvellous and Delightful Book Group

 Monday 10th September

 6.45pm at Mr B's


We will be reading "The Shepherd's Life' by James Rebanks


Mr B's book groups are free and we offer a 10% discount on all of our chosen books.


To book your place email




Paperback Ramblers Book Group

Saturday 23rd September, 2pm

As part of Bathscape Walking Festival

Our new walking book group. 


We will be reading 'Landskipping' by Anna Pavord


Mr B's book groups are free and we offer a 10% discount on all of our chosen books.


For full details and to book your place, please visit the Bathscape Walking Festival website