Book reviews – on demand

Quick info:

  • Type of event: online
  • Date: on demand
  • Time: on demand
  • Location: travel to Bristol with a book
  • Meeting point: n/a
  • Cost: free
  • Booking instructions: no booking required

Are you needing to decide what to read next? Why not consider traveling to and within Bristol through the wonderful world of books? has put together their ‘pick of Bristol-related book recommendations, including fictional tales based in the city, some of Bristol’s most famous literary works and a host of non-fiction titles exploring Bristol’. All of the below are available from our excellent booksellers including Stanfords, Foyles and Bristol Tourist Information Centre. During lockdown, you can still support local bookshops by shopping online with Bookshop. Below are a few of our favourite choices:


Keep Him Close by Emily Koch (2020)

‘Keep Him Close is a dark drama set in Bristol, featuring notable landmarks in the city. The novel focuses on mother-son relationships and the dynamic between two women as they try to unravel what happened on a night out which goes very badly wrong.’

Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore (2017)

‘A haunting depiction of domestic constraints set in Bristol at the time of the French Revolution.’

Watching You by Lisa Jewell (2018)

Melville Heights is one of the nicest neighbourhoods in Bristol, home to doctors and lawyers and old-money academics. It’s not the sort of place where people are brutally murdered in their own kitchens. But it is the sort of place where everyone has a secret. And everyone is watching you.’

A Respectable Trade by Philippa Gregory (1995)

‘The devastating consequences of Transatlantic slavery in 18th century Bristol are explored through the powerful but impossible attraction of well-born Frances and enslaved Mehuru’

Spannered by Bert Random (2011)

‘A dizzying trip back to the 90s when Bristol’s famous free party scene was at its peak. Centred on one long night out, this fun and energetic book is as much about finding friendship and kindred spirits as it is about documenting a scene. Great illustrations too.’


A House Through Time by David Olusoga and Melanie Backe-Hansen

‘To accompany the recent series of ‘A House Through Time’ on BBC 2 which followed the history of a Bristol house, 10 Guinea Street. David Olusoga and series research consultant Melanie Backe-Hansen explore the rich history of British domestic settings through the centuries, and include practical tips for how readers can trace the past lives of their own homes.’

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