Positive reaction to Bath book festival line-up
Tickets are selling well for a new Bath book festival which is running next month and will see some big names from the literary world coming to the city.
Topping & Company Booksellers, in the Paragon, is hosting the Bath Autumn Book Festival, welcoming authors such as Sebastian Faulks and Caitlin Moran to audience events.
So far, none of them has sold out, but organisers are urging fans to get their tickets soon to avoid disappointment.
Saber Khan, a bookseller at the shop, said he was pleased with the response from the public.
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He said: "The reaction has been really, really great, very positive. And people have liked the whole programme, ranging from the popular authors like David Mitchell and Caitlin Moran, as well as the more unusual events like Philip Hensher talking about handwriting.
"It has been really good because this is our first festival and it seems to have gone down very well."
The festival will run at the bookshop from October 5 to 16 and other names featured include sports presenter Clare Balding, who became a national treasure during the Olympics and Paralympics – and Monty Python actor and travel writer Michael Palin.
For a full programme and to book tickets visit www.bath bookfestival.co.uk, drop into the bookshop or call 01225 428111.
Meanwhile, an autumn programme of author visits has started at the bookshop.
Two Fat Ladies star Clarissa Dickson Wright will be talking about her new book, Clarissa's England – A Gamely Gallop Through England's Counties on Monday, October 24.
The book describes her love affair with the country, and combines personal history with culinary asides.
She speaks at St John's Catholic Church in South Parade at 8pm, with doors opening at 7.30pm.
Among the stars to appear this autumn is Duran Duran bassist John Taylor, who lives at South Wraxall, and will be talking about his autobiography at The Forum on Wednesday, September 26, at 8pm, with doors opening at 7pm.