Favourites | Recently Viewed | About Us | News | Members Area

Five books that are set in Bath

Stay in Bath > News > News > Five books that are set in Bath

It isn’t just films and TV that base their stories in Bath, novels do too and when you see how beautiful and full of history the city is, it really is no wonder that it is such an inspiring place. If you’re planning a trip to Bath and want to immerse yourselves in the streets before your arrival, here are five books set in and around Bath to ease you in.

five books set in bath

Bath Tangle – Georgette Heyer
We couldn’t start with the obvious, so we’ll start with someone inspired by the obvious instead. Bath Tangle by Georgette Heyer is the story of Lady Serena Carlow, who moves to Bath where she meets up with an ex-boyfriend, who has a bit of a thing for her step mother. Luckily, her trustee, who also happens to have been her ex-fiance also turns up in town and all matter of romantic entanglements ensue. Heyer is famous for Regency romances and this is one of her most popular stories.

Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
Jane Austen has a huge connection with the city having lived there for a time, so it is no wonder that Bath featured heavily in her books. Northanger Abbey, which was published after her death follows Catherine Morland during her adventures in Bath where she is taking in various social delights and enjoying a flirtation with Henry Tilney, who invites her to stay with him at his family home, Northanger Abbey. There are many places that still exist in Bath today mentioned in Northanger Abbey including the Pump Rooms and the Crescent.

Between Two Thorns – Emma Newman
This is the first book in a fantasy series by Emma Newman and is set in Bath’s secret mirror city, Aquae Sulis. The series begins with the disappearance of the Master of Ceremonies and Max, who is the arbiter of the Split Worlds Treaty, which keeps the peace between Aquae Sulis and the world that we know, has been tasked with finding him. The mythical adventure takes in many recognisable areas of Bath and trying to spot the areas that have been integrated into the fantasy mirror world is always fun.

The Wives of Bath – Wendy Holden
This modern day contemporary story based in Bath follows Amanda and Hugh, who are expecting their first child and plan to throw their money at private hospitals and the very best care money can buy, while the story’s other couple Jake and Alice are arranging a home birth and an environmentally friendly upbringing. The two couples keep bumping into each other and their lives become intertwined with hilarious consequences. If you’re planning a visit to Bath with small children in tow, you might find yourself enjoying this one.

Amy Snow – Tracy Rees
Partly set in Bath, Amy Snow is an adventure story that follows Victorian and Georgian history through England. Amy is found as a baby and is taken in by Lord and Lady Vennaway. Her companion, Aurelia, leaves her a series of clues in the form of letters and a treasure hunt that takes her around the country, each place that Amy visits gives her a mini adventure as she tries to find out who she is and where she comes from. During the novel, Amy spends some time in Bath experiencing the social life of the city and visiting some places you might recognise.


Get the latest Events, Deals and Much More!

* indicates required

Please select all the ways you would like to hear from Stay in bath:

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. For information about our privacy practices, please visit our website.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here.

This website uses cookies
This site uses cookies to enhance your browsing experience. We use necessary cookies to make sure that our website works. We’d also like to set analytics cookies that help us make improvements by measuring how you use the site. By clicking “Allow All”, you agree to the storing of cookies on your device to enhance site navigation, analyse site usage, and assist in our marketing efforts.
These cookies are required for basic functionalities such as accessing secure areas of the website, remembering previous actions and facilitating the proper display of the website. Necessary cookies are often exempt from requiring user consent as they do not collect personal data and are crucial for the website to perform its core functions.
A “preferences” cookie is used to remember user preferences and settings on a website. These cookies enhance the user experience by allowing the website to remember choices such as language preferences, font size, layout customization, and other similar settings. Preference cookies are not strictly necessary for the basic functioning of the website but contribute to a more personalised and convenient browsing experience for users.
A “statistics” cookie typically refers to cookies that are used to collect anonymous data about how visitors interact with a website. These cookies help website owners understand how users navigate their site, which pages are most frequently visited, how long users spend on each page, and similar metrics. The data collected by statistics cookies is aggregated and anonymized, meaning it does not contain personally identifiable information (PII).
Marketing cookies are used to track user behaviour across websites, allowing advertisers to deliver targeted advertisements based on the user’s interests and preferences. These cookies collect data such as browsing history and interactions with ads to create user profiles. While essential for effective online advertising, obtaining user consent is crucial to comply with privacy regulations.