Saturday 5th October

Gareth EdwardsSOLD OUT
9.45am D:Two £4

A delightfully disgusting event for young children. An expert at stories and rhymes, TV producer Gareth’s latest picture book involves a VERY disgusting sandwich and a badger that is determined to have it. Ages 3+ years.
The Disgusting Sandwich – Scholastic

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Lucy WorsleySOLD OUT
10am Christ Church £10

The BBC’s star historian returns with a look at our fascination with murder most foul and how it has become a form of middle class entertainment through novels, plays, paintings – not forgetting how it fills our newspapers. A wonderfully lucid speaker, her book accompanies her latest TV series and she will delight you with her wit and insight into this strangely enthralling topic. Her ability to make history fascinating and accessible and perhaps explains her role as chief curator of the Historic Royal Palaces.
A Very British Murder – Ebury

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Venice on the ThamesSOLD OUT
Hibernia 10am £11 including coffee or tea

Where better to hear about the pleasures and problems of living in Venice than on the water as the Hibernia cruises gently along the Thames. When Polly Coles and her husband moved to Venice they met a whole raft of new challenges – how to move house by boat, how to get a child with a broken leg to hospital and setting off for school one morning only to find that the streets have become rivers and the playground is full of sewage. But the delights of living in this unique and historic city where schools are houses in renaissance palaces far outweigh the disadvantages.
The Politics of Washing: Real Life in Venice – Robert Hale

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Tim HarfordSOLD OUT
10am Town Hall £7

The financial disasters of the past decade have increased our interest in how it all works and Tim, a senior columnist at the Financial Times has been there to help. How does this large-scale economic world really work? What would happen if we cancelled everyone’s debt? How do you create a job? What does the future holds for the Euro? Why are the banks still paying record bonuses? Tim tells all with his trademark clarity and wit to explain what’s really going on – and what it means for us all.
The Undercover Economist Strikes Back: How to Ruin an Economy in Ten Chapters – Little Brown
Sponsored by Baillie Gifford

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Katherine GraingerSOLD OUT
10am Kenton Theatre £9

After three successive Olympic silver medals Katherine provided one of the emotional highlights of London 2012 when she struck gold in the Double Sculls at Eton Dorney with Anna Watkins. An extraordinary sportswoman she is more than just GB’s most decorated female Olympian of all time, having earned an Honours law degree from Edinburgh, a Master of Philosophy degree from Glasgow and completing a PhD at King’s College, London whilst training for the Olympics. She may yet try to emulate her hero Sir Steve Redgrave and attempt to win a fifth Olympic medal at Rio in 2016. But for now she is ready to delight and enthral us with her life story….so far.
Dreams Do Come true – Carlton Books
Sponsored by Baillie Gifford

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Jan DobbinsSOLD OUT
11.30am D:Two £4

Children will love singing and creating some farmyard music with Driving My Tractor author Jan’s latest book. A composer who mentors music teachers from all over the world, her colourful books combine learning with catchy songs. An enhanced CD including video animation and audio sing-alongs is also available so the excitement of life on a farm can be extended further. Ages 3+ years.
A Farmer’s Life for Me – Barefoot Books

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Venice on the Thames
SOLD OUTHibernia 11.30am
£11 including coffee or tea

Where better to hear about the pleasures and problems of living in Venice than on the water as the Hibernia cruises gently along the Thames. When Polly Coles and her husband moved to Venice they met a whole raft of new challenges – how to move house by boat, how to get a child with a broken leg to hospital and setting off for school one morning only to find that the streets have become rivers and the playground is full of sewage. But the delights of living in this unique and historic city where schools are houses in renaissance palaces far outweigh the disadvantages.
The Politics of Washing: Real Life in Venice – Robert Hale

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Mark Palmer and Hugh Pym
11.30am Town Hall £7

Who hasn’t owned a pair of Clark’ shoes? Founded in 1825 by two Quaker brothers, Clarks began as rug makers in Somerset but off-cuts were turned into slippers; slippers became shoes and boots – and one of Britain’s best-known businesses was born. It faced tough times during the 1980s but has subsequently revitalised. Daily Mail travel editor Mark – a member of the Huntley & Palmer family – and Hugh, the BBC’s chief economics correspondent and a relative of the Clark family, discuss the new book and look at family firms in general.
Clarks: Made to Last: The Story of Britain’s Best-Known Shoe Firm – Profile Books
Sponsored by Baillie Gifford

Barry Cryer and Bob CryerSOLD OUT
12pm Kenton Theatre £9

British comedy legend Barry Cryer makes his first visit to the festival, with his son Bob who is a chip off the belly laugh block. In our unending fascination with Sherlock Holmes we know all about Watson; everything about Moriarty and Mycroft but what about Mrs Hudson the stalwart landlady at 221b Baker Street? All is now revealed courtesy of the Cryers, for Holmes aficinados and novices alike. The great detective has never been so funny!
Mrs Hudson’s Diaries – A View From the Landing at 221B – Robson Press

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Steve Jones
12pm Christ Church £10

Making science accessible is a real skill and Steve – our most highly respected geneticist – does so brilliantly. He sees the Bible as the first scientific textbook, which got some things right but plenty more wrong. Are we all descended from a single couple, a real life Adam and Eve? What about the plagues? An expert guide to these questions and more with unequalled skill and wit.
The Serpent’s Promise: The Bible Retold as Science – Little, Brown

Roy & Lesley Adkins
1pm Town Hall £7

As we mark 200 years of Pride and Prejudice, Roy and Lesley put the late Georgian and early Regency England world of Jane Austen into the context of the lives of ordinary people. This includes the sale of wives in marketplaces, children chimney sweeps, the fear of ghosts and witches and attacks by highwaymen. An enthralling account of the often forgotten men, women and children who were the backbone of England during this eventful period in British history.
Eavesdropping on Jane Austen’s England – Little, Brown

River Reading                                                                                                                                                SOLD OUT     1.30pm Hibernia £11 including coffee or tea                                                                          

Something Old , Something New……
You can complete the phrase yourself, to get a taste of what is on offer at this festival fixture. Since the first festival seven years ago Nansi Diamond has been beguiling us with her choice of readers and verse and prose. To start off on Monday our performers include the charming Daniel Hill, the lovely Sally Nesbitt, the dashing Richard Howard and the delightful Jane Robbins. On Saturday former BBC newscaster Michael Buerk and writer Roisin Mcauley join actors Jeremy Drakes and Amber Edlin. Then on Sunday we have Mike Hurst, and actors Charlotte Howard, Angharad Jones and Shaughan Seymour. As ever readers are subject to availability. Each trip offers a wonderful cast to entertain as the Hibernia motors gently along the Thames, an hour you will not forget. The Chocolate Theatre Cafe will be serving coffee and tea from half an hour before each trip.

Rachel JohnsonSOLD OUT
2pm Kenton Theatre £12

A festival favourite and constant source of fabulous and indiscreet stories one thing is for sure, as with her brother Boris, her talk won’t be boring. Rachel returns with a new book, set in Munich in 1936. Daphne Linden has a seat in the front row of history. It may be the Third Reich, but she and her friends are having the time of their lives. 70 years later, Daphne’s granddaughter, Francie Fitzsimon finds events conspiring to send her on a quest to discover what really happened to her grandmother.
Winter Games – Fig Tree

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From plan to publication: Non-fiction writing workshop
SOLD OUT2.30pm Library £4

Have a family history or a biography to write? Or an experience or skill you want to share and sell? Robert Bullard, journalist-turned-writer, editor and book coach, gives advice on how to write and publish a non-fiction book. Topics include: essential book ingredients, how to write with ease and speed, plus tips and tricks of the trade. He will also guide you through your publishing options, and ways to market your book. All welcome, whether you haven’t yet started writing, are stuck half way, or are ready to publish.

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Alwyn Turner
2.30pm Town Hall £7

A fascinating look at the 1990s; from the first Gulf War to Posh and Becks, via Britpop and the death of Diana. With Thatcher’s ousting in November 1990, Britain seemed at a crossroads. Many thought it would be a more caring decade but the ‘New Britain’ to emerge under John Major and Tony Blair would be a contradiction: both economically unequal and culturally classless. Alwyn entertainingly recounts the decade that saw a nation anxiously grappling with new technologies, tentatively embracing new lifestyles, and, above all, forging a new sense of what it means to be British.
A Classless Society: Britain in the 1990s – Aurum

River ReadingSOLD OUT
3.30pm Hibernia £11 including coffee or tea

Something Old , Something New…… You can complete the phrase yourself, to get a taste of what is on offer at this festival fixture. Since the first festival seven years ago Nansi Diamond has been beguiling us with her choice of readers and verse and prose. To start off on Monday our performers include the charming Daniel Hill, the lovely Sally Nesbitt, the dashing Richard Howard and the delightful Jane Robbins. On Saturday former BBC newscaster Michael Buerk and writer Roisin Mcauley join actors Jeremy Drakes and Amber Edlin. Then on Sunday we have Mike Hurst, and actors Charlotte Howard, Angharad Jones and Shaughan Seymour. As ever readers are subject to availability. Each trip offers a wonderful cast to entertain as the Hibernia motors gently along the Thames, an hour you will not forget. The Chocolate Theatre Cafe will be serving coffee and tea from half an hour before each trip.

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Rhidian Brook and Keith Lowe
4pm Town Hall £7

A fascinating pairing of writers as they discuss their books – one fact, the other fiction – set at the end of the Second World War. Rhidian’s latest novel, now being developed as a film, is set in Hamburg in 1946 and inspired by his grandfather who was sent to help oversee the rebuilding of the devastated city. He requisitioned a house on the banks of the Elbe but unusually insisted that the German inhabitants stay on. In this acclaimed novel enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal. Meanwhile award-winning historian Keith recounts a further decade of upheaval across Europe, where landscapes had been ravaged, entire cities razed and more than 35 million people killed. It was a continent still racked by violence, soaring crime rates, collapsing economies where many had yet to accept that the war was over.
The Aftermath – Viking Savage Continent – Europe in the Aftermath of World War II – Viking Adult

Giles CorenSOLD OUT 4pm Kenton Theatre £12

It cannot be the hardest job in the world being a restaurant reviewer. The skill is in making it readable and entertaining and Giles does just that. In his book about restaurants – good, bad and indifferent – the Times columnist and BBC presenter shares his vast knowledge and will help you get the best out of your next meal out whether it is Michelin starred or a pizza parlour. A witty and charming speaker, he is a main course not to be missed.
How to Eat Out – Hodder
Sponsored by The Arbuturian

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Thomasina Lowe
5.30pm Town Hall £7

Some of the most evocative images of President John F Kennedy were taken by his personal photographer Jacques Lowe who died in 2001. His collection of 40,000 negatives was stored in one of the Twin Towers. When 9/11 reduced the towers to infernos the negatives were destroyed. Now with the enthusiasm of his daughter 50 years after the assassination of the President, Jacques’s own, never-before-revealed account of his experiences during the Camelot years, with previously unseen material from his private files is a memorable publishing event. His daughter tells the story of a unique collection.

The Kennedy Years – Thames & Hudson

Emma Freud, Emma Kennedy and Cherry Menlove

6pm Kenton Theatre £12 including a glass of Laithwaite’s wine

Emma Freud is the consummate interviewer and her success with Comic Relief shows that she can guarantee a good evening. Celebrity Masterchef winner, author and all-round very funny person Emma Kennedy returns to Henley after an acclaimed debut last year. Cherry’s philosophy is based on her love of home and what goes on inside it. She is an expert on how to make your home feel special, from creating a patchwork quilt and baking delicious cupcakes to hosting the perfect children’s party.
The Handmade Home: Inspirational craft, food and flowers – Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Sponsored by Make International

Craig Brown with Eleanor BronSOLD OUT
7.45pm Kenton Theatre £15

Craig Brown has been described by The Sunday Times as “a prize example of the English sense of humour at its finest…a master of language and linguistic nuance, and our greatest living satirist” and by Barry Humphries as “the most screamingly funny living writer”. Once again he is joined at the Kenton Theatre by the sublime and majestic Eleanor Bron for an evening of parody, satire and nonsense.

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