Bookshop of the Month: Topping and Company, Bath’s bustling literary hub

Topping and Company, Bath

Topping and Company, Bath (fiction department)

November’s Bookshop of the Month is the lovely Topping & Company, Bath. Today we look at this bustling independent bookshop and its exciting calendar of author events in Novemeber.

With its friendly atmosphere and substantial array of books, Topping’s is well-known to residents of Bath as one of the best independent booksellers in the region. Situated in the heart of the Bath’s picturesque city centre, a stone’s throw from the Assembly Rooms and a mere few minutes walk from the Roman Baths and the Bath Abbey, Topping’s caters to a city famous for its literary legacy and thriving book community.

The staff are very helpful and happy to order specific books for customers and the store carries a wide range of Yale’s books. Topping & Company also hosts an impressive programme of author events. In November there are several Yale authors speaking at the book shop in Bath (and one more speaking at its sister store in Ely, Cambridgeshire). See below for a list of Yale’s events this month at Topping’s, or visit Topping’s Events Page to see a complete listing.

A Little History of Philosophy

A Little History of Philosophy by Nigel Warburton

Nigel Warburton discusses philosophy
Tuesday, 15 November 2011 (Topping’s, Bath)

Nigel Warburton’s accessible and engaging examinations of philosophers throughout history – not to mention his own works of philosophical thought – have influenced and inspired a generation of thinkers. Now he brings us his most lively and ambitious project to date with A Little History of Philosophy, delivering a whistle-stop tour of the most important thoughts and thinkers in history. A must, not only for those in the know, but for anyone interested in the history of the mind.

Time: 8pm (doors at 7.45pm)
Tickets: £6 (£5) with £6 (£5) off A Little History of Philosophy.
The reduced price in brackets shown above is available when booking in person at the bookshop before Tuesday 15th November.

Inigo Jones: The Architect of Kings by Vaughan Hart

Inigo Jones: The Architect of Kings by Vaughan Hart

An Evening with Vaughan Hart
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 (Topping’s, Bath)

Join professor of architecture and author of Inigo Jones: The Architect of Kings Vaughan Hart at Topping & Company in Bath as he discusses the work of Inigo Jones (1573-1652), widely acknowledged to have been England’s most important architect. He will also be talking about his beautiful new book which is available now from Yale University Press.

Time: 8pm (doors at 7.45pm)
Tickets: Available on (01225) 428 111

Losing Small Wars

Losing Small Wars by Frank Ledwidge

Frank Ledwidge discusses ‘Losing Small Wars’ at Topping’s Bookshop in Ely
Monday, 21 November 2011 (Topping’s, Ely)

Join Frank Ledwidge, former military intelligence officer and author of Losing Small Wars, as he examines the British involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking how and why it went so wrong. With the aid of copious research, interviews with senior officers and his own personal experiences, Losing Small Wars looks in detail at the failures of strategic thinking and culture that led to defeat in Britain’s latest ‘small wars’. A must-see for those interested in British military operations.

Time: 7.30pm (doors at 7.15pm)
Tickets: £7 (£6) with £7 (£6) off Losing Small Wars.
The reduced price in brackets shown above is available when booking in person at the bookshop before Monday 21st November.

A Little Book of Language

A Little Book of Language by David Crystal

An Evening with David Crystal at Topping’s Bookshop in Bath
Monday, 28 November 2011 (Topping’s, Bath)

Join Little Book of Language author David Crystal for an eye-opening tour of the English language through the ages. Crystal draws on words that best illustrate the huge variety of sources, influences and events that have helped to shape our vernacular since the first English word was written down in the fifth century (‘roe’, in case you are wondering). This event will be a real treat for all those interested in the English language.

Time: 8pm (doors at 7.45pm)
Tickets: £6 (£5)
The reduced price in brackets shown above is available when booking in person at the bookshop before Monday 28th November.

Finding Topping & Company, Bath

Topping & Company, Booksellers of Bath
The Paragon

Telephone: 01225 428111
Opening times: 9am – 8pm, every day including Sunday.

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