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LAURA BATES: MISOGYNATION£10

Laura’s Everyday Sexism Project unites female voices across the globe in a crowd-sourced collection of experiences with gender inequality, and for it she has earned a British Empire Medal. Her new book, Misogynation draws attention to both hidden and blatant sexist acts and attitudes, exposing the startling truth behind misogyny in our society: systemic, ingrained and ignored. In the era of Time’s Up and #MeToo, Laura’s is a voice to be listened to. 

 

Sunday September 30 - 02:00 pm
KENTON THEATRE

JOHN SIMPSON£12.50

We are used to hearing the BBC world affairs editor bringing us the facts from around the globe. But now John – who over the last 52 years has covered events from Tiananmen Square and the Gulf War to Kosovo, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe – turns novelist with a political thriller Moscow, Midnight, focusing on journalist Jon Swift and an international conspiracy that stretches all the way to the Kremlin. What inspired him? Find out from the man himself. He will be in conversation with Sue Cook

This event is now sold out. If you would like to join the waiting list, please call the box office on 01491 575948.

Sunday September 30 - 04:00 pm
KENTON THEATRE

LES HINTON: MURDOCH’S EMPIRE£9

Few people know Rupert Murdoch and the inner workings of his vast empire better than Les. He spent 52 years working for the media magnate, first as a copy boy and finally as a troubleshooting director at the top of the pile. In The Bootle Boy he tells the inside story of the upheaval in newspapers and the reputation-destroying phone hacking. Come along to hear everything you wanted to know about Murdoch but were too afraid to ask.

Monday October 01 - 10:30 am
TOWN HALL

JAMES HANRATTY: THE MAKING OF AN IMMIGRATION JUDGE£9

Immigration is a word that provokes heated debate and controversy. It is a subject on which everyone has a view, but how different our views might be if we could hear the clear, lucid voice of an immigration judge. Step forward James, author of The Making of an Immigration Judge which details his rise from a clerk in Derbyshire to the House of Lords and the Royal Courts of Justice. He will be in conversation with Daniel Hahn.

Monday October 01 - 06:30 pm
TOWN HALL

GABY DOHERTY: GRENFELL HOPE£7

“Grenfell Tower wasn’t a tragedy, it was a crime”, said David Lammy MP. However it is defined, the event that took place in North Kensington last summer shook the whole country. Gaby lives opposite the tower and her husband Sean was the first clergy-person on the scene after the fire. Grenfell Hope explains what it was like living in the area before and after the fire, examining poverty issues and attitudes to the poor, showing how even small gestures in everyday life can change local communities.

This event has been cancelled. If you have tickets, you will be issued a full refund.

Monday October 01 - 08:30 pm
TOWN HALL

JAMES LE FANU: PILL CRISIS£9

The number of prescriptions issued by family doctors has soared threefold in just fifteen years, with millions now committed to taking a cocktail of half a dozen (or more) different types. In Too Many Pills, James – doctor and Telegraph medical columnist – investigates the effects of the prescription epidemic and why it may be so endangering to our health. A fascinating and worrying subject explained by an expert. James will be in conversation with journalist Mark Palmer

Tuesday October 02 - 10:30 am
TOWN HALL

GEORGE MAGNUS: CHINA’S FUTURE£10

Renowned China expert George looks at the country under President Xi Jinping in
Red Flags – Why Xi’s China Is in Jeopardy. While China has become a large and confident power, both at home and abroad, it also faces serious challenges. Here, the former UBS chief economist argues that Xi’s authoritarian and repressive philosophy is ultimately not compatible with the country’s economic aspirations.

Tuesday October 02 - 12:30 pm
KENTON THEATRE

LUKE HARDING: RUSSIA & TRUMP£10

One of our most respected newspaper reporters, the Guardian foreign correspondent reveals the Russian machinations to get Donald Trump into the White House. Luke worked in Moscow from 2007 until 2011 when he was refused a re-entry visa. Now, Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money And How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win has become a bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic. Hear what really happened to make Trump President. Luke will be in conversation with journalist Hannah MacInnes.

Tuesday October 02 - 06:30 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

MICHAEL WOOLDRIDGE: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE£7

‘AI’ is not something that awaits us in the future – it is already all around us and we have come to rely on its embedded software, as Michael, professor of computer science at Oxford, shows in his Ladybird Expert book Artificial Intelligence: Everything You Need To Know About The Coming AI. In conversation with Scottish Mortgage’s Catharine Flood, he takes us on an informative and accessible journey – from Alan Turing asking in 1950 ‘Can machines think?’ to digital assistants like Siri and Alexa today – and looks ahead to what a world of ubiquitous AI would look like.


A Scottish Mortgage Resolute Optimism event

Tuesday October 02 - 06:30 pm
TOWN HALL

JULIAN BAGGINI£10

A chance to learn more about philosophy from a man who knows his stuff. Founder of The Philosophers’ Magazine, Julian travelled the length and breadth of the planet for How the World Thinks – A Global History of Philosophy. Discover how distinct branches of philosophy flowered simultaneously in China, India and Ancient Greece and how contemporary cultural attitudes have developed out of the philosophical histories of their regions.

Wednesday October 03 - 12:30 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

HUGO VICKERS: BEHIND THE CROWN£12.50

The respected writer and broadcaster takes a look at accounts of the lives of the Queen and her grandmother. In The Crown: Truth & Fiction Hugo explores the hit Netflix series, asking just how accurate it is. And he has edited The Quest for Queen Mary using the copious notes that official biographer James Pope-Hennessey made before his death, with instructions that the book not be published until now.

Sponsored by Gower Cottage Brownies

Wednesday October 03 - 02:30 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

OLIVER LETWIN: PARTY POLITICS£12.50

Few current MPs know the inner workings of the Conservative Party as well as Oliver. A member of Margaret Thatcher’s policy unit and a leading shadow cabinet figure under William Hague, Iain Duncan-Smith and Michael Howard, he became a key adviser to David Cameron, heading the policy review during the coalition. Now MP for West Dorset, he will arrive in Henley straight from the party conference to discuss Hearts & Minds: The Battle for the Conservative Party from Thatcher to the Present.

Wednesday October 03 - 04:30 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

WHAT WOULD BOUDICCA DO?£7

Imagine you were able to consult the spiky superwomen of history with today’s problems. E Foley and B Coates, the authors of number one bestseller Homework for Grown-Ups, present this wonderfully irreverent concept in What Would Boudicca Do? Everyday Problems Solved by History’s Most Remarkable Women. They look to iconic women like Frida Kahlo, Josephine Baker, Hypatia, Cleopatra, Coco Chanel and Chinese Empress Cixi to help you figure out how to dispatch a love-rat, back yourself, kill it at work and trounce FoMo. They will be in conversation with writer Sunny Singh.

Wednesday October 03 - 06:30 pm
TOWN HALL

ED HUSAIN: UNDERSTANDING ISLAM£10

Writer and adviser Ed won much respect and praise for his bestseller The Islamist, which charted his five years as a radical Islamist before returning to mainstream Islam. In a time when people struggle to understand different religions and cultures, his new book The House of Islam: A Global History provides a guide through the nuances of the religion and its people, contending that the Muslim world need not be a stranger to the West, nor its enemy, but a peaceable ally. Ed will be in conversation with Daniel Hahn.

Wednesday October 03 - 08:30 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

TERRY WAITE£12.50

Terry spent five years in solitary confinement as a hostage (after being kidnapped when, as envoy for the Church of England, he tried to negotiate the release of four others) and has a rare take on the subject of his latest book. In Solitude: Memories, People, Places the humanitarian and author looks at the power of solitude in today’s society. Some people long to  find it, others long to escape it but it is something we all experience in different forms at different times. A fascinating hour in prospect.

Thursday October 04 - 12:30 pm
KENTON THEATRE

THE NOVEL FIGHTS BACK£7

Will Self’s pronouncement that “The novel is doomed to become a marginal cultural form” caused controversy. Here, the writers of three acclaimed novels defend the form with Daniel Hahn, former Society of Authors chair. Nikesh Shukla’s The One Who Wrote Destiny tells the story of a young man who moves from sunny Kenya to the drizzly northern town of Keighley; Rachel EdwardsDarling has been described as the first Brexit thriller and tells of the clash between a white teenage girl and her new black stepmother; and in Learning to Die, Thomas Maloney follows five characters as they fall under a mortal shadow. Novels doomed? Hardly.
Sponsored by HW Fisher

Thursday October 04 - 12:30 pm
TOWN HALL

ANGELA EAGLE & IMRAN AHMED£9

Great Britain is one of the wealthiest, most successful nations in the world. Why, then, do so many people feel short-changed? This is the question posed by Angela, MP for Wallasey since 1992 and Shadow Leader of the Commons under Miliband, and Imran, political advisor to Labour. At a time of huge political upheaval and ever-increasing inequality, The New Serfdom asks: how can we build a successful economy, powered by a happy and productive workforce that benefits everyone in the 21st Century? They will be in conversation with Daniel Hahn.

Thursday October 04 - 04:30 pm
TOWN HALL

MODERN LIFE: A 60-MINUTE GUIDE£9

Daisy BuchananGrazia agony aunt and author of How To Be A Grown-Up – chairs a panel looking at how to make adulting work for you. She’s joined by Chidera Eggerue,
the award-winning Slumflower blogger and author of What A Time To Be Alone: The Slumflower’s Guide To Why You Are Already Enough;
Emma Gannon, host of the Ctrl Alt Delete podcast and author of The Multi-Hyphen Method; and Katherine Welby-Roberts, whose I Thought There Would Be Cake sees her tackle modern life as a Christian dealing with depression and anxiety.

In association with Smart Works Reading

Thursday October 04 - 08:30 pm
TOWN HALL

ROBIN RENWICK: AFRICAN TRAGEDY£10

For the past decade, South Africa has been engulfed in a serious crisis. Former British ambassador Lord Renwick tells of the astonishing array of rogues and villains (alongside some heroes). How to Steal a Country reads like a crime novel as it shows how the state has been looted on an unimaginable scale – but a remarkable press, judiciary and civil society has combined to save the country and now, with Cyril Ramaphosa as President, the future looks brighter. 

Friday October 05 - 10:30 am
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

ANTHONY SELDON: EDUCATION REVOLUTON£9

Sir Anthony has had a varied and distinguished career as a headmaster, historian and political author. In The Fourth Education Revolution, the former Wellington head looks to the future and the impact that Artificial Intelligence could have in the world of education. He believes the impact of AI has hardly begun, but that it is a revolution that will provide huge benefits to education.

Friday October 05 - 10:30 am
TOWN HALL

MARK AUSTIN£12.50

In over 30 years at ITV News, Mark covered landmark events from the Gulf War to 9/11 and the Olympics. He replaced Trevor MacDonald as the chief presenter of The News At Ten, before joining Sky News last year as US correspondent. His autobiography And Thank You For Watching reveals both the impact that human suffering have had on him and his news teams, as well as the hilarious happenings that the viewer rarely sees.

Sponsored by Handelsbanken

Friday October 05 - 02:30 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

SMART WORKS£FREE

Join the Festival’s charity partner Smart Works Reading – the styling and interview coaching service for women in the Thames Valley – for the launch of Smart Talks, a series of fun, inspiring networking events to bring women together to explore the world of work. Over a glass of wine, comedian Toni Kent is joined by our brilliant panel of women in business will share their success secrets, alongside professional personal makeup and styling tips. The panel will include: Nayna McIntosh,founder & CEO of Hope Fashion Louisa Parris, designer &  founder of Louisa Parris Lape Adejuwon, designer & founder of Elle Won Handbags; and Sally Beaton, nutritionalist & founder of Women With Sparkle.

This event is FREE but booking is required to reserve a space

Friday October 05 - 06:30 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

ELIZABETH BURTON-PHILLIPS£7

A child taking to drugs is a parental nightmare, but for Elizabeth, drug addiction destroyed the lives of her identical twin sons. They were doing well at school but were suspended for smoking cannabis; it was the start of a journey into heroin addiction that led to Nick killing himself. In Mum Can You Lend Me Twenty Quid, Elizabeth, who was last year awarded an MBE for founding charity DrugFAM, tells her moving tale that won praise from Theresa May and has the saving grace that her surviving twin Simon is now drug-free. Join her in discussion with DrugFAM ambassador, Nellie Williams.

Friday October 05 - 08:30 pm
TOWN HALL

STEVE BELL & JOHN CRACE: SATIRICAL VIEWS£10

Political satire has a long and deep-seated place in English life; in this amusing hour, two of today’s leading practitioners join forces to look at the leaders (as we go to press…) of the two main parties. Throughout 2017, Guardian parliamentary sketch writer and author of I, Maybot, John watched Theresa May’s efforts to remain strong and stable – and, indeed, as Prime Minister. In Corbyn: The Resurrection Steve – the Guardian’s principle political cartoonist – charts Theresa’s Labour counterpart in his own unique style.

Saturday October 06 - 05:00 pm
KENTON THEATRE

CHRISTIE WATSON: A NURSE’S LIFE£9

Winning the Costa First Novel Award for Tiny Sunbirds Far Away set Christie on the road to becoming a full time writer after a career working in nursing. Now, in the moving, intimate and powerful Language of Kindness – already one of the most acclaimed books of the year – she looks back on her 20 years as a nurse. She takes on a journey filled with all human life, from the neonatal unit where premature babies fight for life to cancer wards, paediatric intensive care and the geriatric ward. Christie will be in conversation with the broadcaster Gerry Foley.

Saturday October 06 - 05:00 pm
TOWN HALL

BRYONY GORDON£12.50

She’s back – as honest, funny and painfully revealing as ever. Festival favourite and Telegraph columnist Bryony is with us to delve into her latest bestseller Eat, Drink Run: How I Got Fit Without Going Too Mad. It tells how a committed drinker, smoker, loafer and dawdler ran the London Marathon – and smashed the headlines when she interviewed Prince Harry for her mental health podcast.

Sponsored by Gower Cottage Brownies

Saturday October 06 - 09:00 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

MICHAEL CRICK£12.50

Award-winning reporter Michael, back as Channel 4 News political correspondent after two decades at Newsnight, will reflect on his own career and that of Sir David Butler, the man who made British politics swing. Bringing voting figures to life on television, the Oxford academic did more than anyone to transform coverage of British elections and has covered every one since the war. Michael tells Sir David’s story in the splendidly titled Sultan of Swing.

Sponsored by Laithwaite’s Wine

Saturday October 06 - 09:00 pm
KENTON THEATRE

HELENA KENNEDY: HOW BRITISH JUSTICE IS FAILING WOMEN£12.50

In a remarkable career in law and human rights, Helena has been a campaigning force of nature. As a Labour peer (Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws) she has never shirked going against the party line. She follows her 1993 book, Eve Was Framed with another look at women and the justice system with the powerful Eve Was Shamed, asking – as she looks at the lack of female judges, the effects of the Internet and much more – what comes after #MeToo?

Sponsored by St Helen and St Katharine

Sunday October 07 - 11:00 am
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

POLITICS PANEL£9

Wit, wisdom and thought-provoking debate at the end of party conference season. Jason Cowley is the editor who has turned round The New Statesman; his essays and profiles are published in Reaching For Utopia. Ayesha Hazarika (ex-advisor to Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband) is co-author of Punch and Judy Politics about Prime Minister’s Questions and a stand-up comedian. Isabel Hardman, assistant editor of The Spectator and host of Radio 4 show Week in Westminster, is the author of Why We Get the Wrong Politicians.

Sponsored by Laithwaite’s Wine

Sunday October 07 - 01:00 pm
TOWN HALL

A COUNTRY TO CALL HOME£7

Unbound’s crowd-sourcing model has been a publishing phenomenon in recent years, while the issues of immigration and refugees, particularly relating to children, has never been far from the headlines. This event will look at both issues as Lucy Popescu – the force behind this anthology of stories, poetry and art on the topic from the likes of Judith Kerr and Chris Riddell – is joined by Guantanamo Boy author Anna Perera, who volunteers at a refugee centre. They will be in conversation with writer Zeba Talkhani.

Sunday October 07 - 01:00 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

CATHY NEWMAN£12.50

Some titles say it all, as in the case of journalist and Channel 4 News presenter Cathy’s Bloody Brilliant Women. These are remarkable women we should have learnt about and probably didn’t – like engineer and chain-smoking motorbike racer Beatrice Shilling. Or Dorothy Lawrence, the journalist who achieved her ambition to become a First World War correspondent by pretending to be a man and developmental biologist Anne McLaren, whose work paved the way for IVF. Bloody brilliant indeed. Cathy will be in conversation with Katherine Grainger

Sponsored by Hotel du Vin

Sunday October 07 - 03:00 pm
KENTON THEATRE

SCARLETT CURTIS: FEMINISTS DON’T WEAR PINK£10

This much-anticipated collection, published in partnership with the UN’s women foundation Girl Up, sees the likes of Dolly Alderton, Saoirse Ronan, Helen Fielding and Lolly Adefope share their personal take on the F-Word. And in the week of publication, the book’s curator Scarlett – blogger, Sunday Times Style columnist and Pink Protest founder – will be joined by contributors for a frank, funny and fearless discussion of what it means to be a woman.

In association with Smart Works Reading

Sunday October 07 - 05:00 pm
KENTON THEATRE

SECRET SERVICE QUIZ£10

Have you ever daydreamed of being approached to be a secret agent? Fancied being propelled into an elegant and dangerous world of spies? Pit your wits against some of the greatest minds of our time at this special event with Sunday Times bestseller Sinclair McKay, author of Bletchley Park Brainteasers. Blending extraordinary and illuminating historical tales of the Secret Service from over the years, test your mental agility to discover: Do YOU have what it takes to be a spy? The most brilliant and highest scoring candidate will win a special prize…

Sunday October 07 - 05:00 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

A COUNTRY TO CALL HOME£7

Unbound’s crowd-sourcing model has been a publishing phenomenon in recent years, while the issues of immigration and refugees, particularly relating to children, has never been far from the headlines. This event will look at both issues as Lucy Popescu – the force behind this anthology of stories, poetry and art on the topic from the likes of Judith Kerr and Chris Riddell – is joined by Guantanamo Boy author Anna Perera, who volunteers at a refugee centre. They will be in conversation with writer Zeba Talkhani.

Sunday October 07 - 10/07/2018 01:00 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

SMART WORKS£FREE

Join the Festival’s charity partner Smart Works Reading – the styling and interview coaching service for women in the Thames Valley – for the launch of Smart Talks, a series of fun, inspiring networking events to bring women together to explore the world of work. Over a glass of wine, comedian Toni Kent is joined by our brilliant panel of women in business will share their success secrets, alongside professional personal makeup and styling tips. The panel will include: Nayna McIntosh,founder & CEO of Hope Fashion Louisa Parris, designer &  founder of Louisa Parris Lape Adejuwon, designer & founder of Elle Won Handbags; and Sally Beaton, nutritionalist & founder of Women With Sparkle.

This event is FREE but booking is required to reserve a space

Friday October 05 - 10/05/2018 06:30 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

LAURA BATES: MISOGYNATION£10

Laura’s Everyday Sexism Project unites female voices across the globe in a crowd-sourced collection of experiences with gender inequality, and for it she has earned a British Empire Medal. Her new book, Misogynation draws attention to both hidden and blatant sexist acts and attitudes, exposing the startling truth behind misogyny in our society: systemic, ingrained and ignored. In the era of Time’s Up and #MeToo, Laura’s is a voice to be listened to. 

 

Sunday September 30 - 09/30/2018 02:00 pm
KENTON THEATRE

JOHN SIMPSON£12.50

We are used to hearing the BBC world affairs editor bringing us the facts from around the globe. But now John – who over the last 52 years has covered events from Tiananmen Square and the Gulf War to Kosovo, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe – turns novelist with a political thriller Moscow, Midnight, focusing on journalist Jon Swift and an international conspiracy that stretches all the way to the Kremlin. What inspired him? Find out from the man himself. He will be in conversation with Sue Cook

This event is now sold out. If you would like to join the waiting list, please call the box office on 01491 575948.

Sunday September 30 - 09/30/2018 04:00 pm
KENTON THEATRE

GEORGE MAGNUS: CHINA’S FUTURE£10

Renowned China expert George looks at the country under President Xi Jinping in
Red Flags – Why Xi’s China Is in Jeopardy. While China has become a large and confident power, both at home and abroad, it also faces serious challenges. Here, the former UBS chief economist argues that Xi’s authoritarian and repressive philosophy is ultimately not compatible with the country’s economic aspirations.

Tuesday October 02 - 10/02/2018 12:30 pm
KENTON THEATRE

TERRY WAITE£12.50

Terry spent five years in solitary confinement as a hostage (after being kidnapped when, as envoy for the Church of England, he tried to negotiate the release of four others) and has a rare take on the subject of his latest book. In Solitude: Memories, People, Places the humanitarian and author looks at the power of solitude in today’s society. Some people long to  find it, others long to escape it but it is something we all experience in different forms at different times. A fascinating hour in prospect.

Thursday October 04 - 10/04/2018 12:30 pm
KENTON THEATRE

STEVE BELL & JOHN CRACE: SATIRICAL VIEWS£10

Political satire has a long and deep-seated place in English life; in this amusing hour, two of today’s leading practitioners join forces to look at the leaders (as we go to press…) of the two main parties. Throughout 2017, Guardian parliamentary sketch writer and author of I, Maybot, John watched Theresa May’s efforts to remain strong and stable – and, indeed, as Prime Minister. In Corbyn: The Resurrection Steve – the Guardian’s principle political cartoonist – charts Theresa’s Labour counterpart in his own unique style.

Saturday October 06 - 10/06/2018 05:00 pm
KENTON THEATRE

CATHY NEWMAN£12.50

Some titles say it all, as in the case of journalist and Channel 4 News presenter Cathy’s Bloody Brilliant Women. These are remarkable women we should have learnt about and probably didn’t – like engineer and chain-smoking motorbike racer Beatrice Shilling. Or Dorothy Lawrence, the journalist who achieved her ambition to become a First World War correspondent by pretending to be a man and developmental biologist Anne McLaren, whose work paved the way for IVF. Bloody brilliant indeed. Cathy will be in conversation with Katherine Grainger

Sponsored by Hotel du Vin

Sunday October 07 - 10/07/2018 03:00 pm
KENTON THEATRE

SCARLETT CURTIS: FEMINISTS DON’T WEAR PINK£10

This much-anticipated collection, published in partnership with the UN’s women foundation Girl Up, sees the likes of Dolly Alderton, Saoirse Ronan, Helen Fielding and Lolly Adefope share their personal take on the F-Word. And in the week of publication, the book’s curator Scarlett – blogger, Sunday Times Style columnist and Pink Protest founder – will be joined by contributors for a frank, funny and fearless discussion of what it means to be a woman.

In association with Smart Works Reading

Sunday October 07 - 10/07/2018 05:00 pm
KENTON THEATRE

MICHAEL CRICK£12.50

Award-winning reporter Michael, back as Channel 4 News political correspondent after two decades at Newsnight, will reflect on his own career and that of Sir David Butler, the man who made British politics swing. Bringing voting figures to life on television, the Oxford academic did more than anyone to transform coverage of British elections and has covered every one since the war. Michael tells Sir David’s story in the splendidly titled Sultan of Swing.

Sponsored by Laithwaite’s Wine

Saturday October 06 - 10/06/2018 09:00 pm
KENTON THEATRE

JULIAN BAGGINI£10

A chance to learn more about philosophy from a man who knows his stuff. Founder of The Philosophers’ Magazine, Julian travelled the length and breadth of the planet for How the World Thinks – A Global History of Philosophy. Discover how distinct branches of philosophy flowered simultaneously in China, India and Ancient Greece and how contemporary cultural attitudes have developed out of the philosophical histories of their regions.

Wednesday October 03 - 10/03/2018 12:30 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

LUKE HARDING: RUSSIA & TRUMP£10

One of our most respected newspaper reporters, the Guardian foreign correspondent reveals the Russian machinations to get Donald Trump into the White House. Luke worked in Moscow from 2007 until 2011 when he was refused a re-entry visa. Now, Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money And How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win has become a bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic. Hear what really happened to make Trump President. Luke will be in conversation with journalist Hannah MacInnes.

Tuesday October 02 - 10/02/2018 06:30 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

HUGO VICKERS: BEHIND THE CROWN£12.50

The respected writer and broadcaster takes a look at accounts of the lives of the Queen and her grandmother. In The Crown: Truth & Fiction Hugo explores the hit Netflix series, asking just how accurate it is. And he has edited The Quest for Queen Mary using the copious notes that official biographer James Pope-Hennessey made before his death, with instructions that the book not be published until now.

Sponsored by Gower Cottage Brownies

Wednesday October 03 - 10/03/2018 02:30 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

OLIVER LETWIN: PARTY POLITICS£12.50

Few current MPs know the inner workings of the Conservative Party as well as Oliver. A member of Margaret Thatcher’s policy unit and a leading shadow cabinet figure under William Hague, Iain Duncan-Smith and Michael Howard, he became a key adviser to David Cameron, heading the policy review during the coalition. Now MP for West Dorset, he will arrive in Henley straight from the party conference to discuss Hearts & Minds: The Battle for the Conservative Party from Thatcher to the Present.

Wednesday October 03 - 10/03/2018 04:30 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

ED HUSAIN: UNDERSTANDING ISLAM£10

Writer and adviser Ed won much respect and praise for his bestseller The Islamist, which charted his five years as a radical Islamist before returning to mainstream Islam. In a time when people struggle to understand different religions and cultures, his new book The House of Islam: A Global History provides a guide through the nuances of the religion and its people, contending that the Muslim world need not be a stranger to the West, nor its enemy, but a peaceable ally. Ed will be in conversation with Daniel Hahn.

Wednesday October 03 - 10/03/2018 08:30 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

ROBIN RENWICK: AFRICAN TRAGEDY£10

For the past decade, South Africa has been engulfed in a serious crisis. Former British ambassador Lord Renwick tells of the astonishing array of rogues and villains (alongside some heroes). How to Steal a Country reads like a crime novel as it shows how the state has been looted on an unimaginable scale – but a remarkable press, judiciary and civil society has combined to save the country and now, with Cyril Ramaphosa as President, the future looks brighter. 

Friday October 05 - 10/05/2018 10:30 am
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

MARK AUSTIN£12.50

In over 30 years at ITV News, Mark covered landmark events from the Gulf War to 9/11 and the Olympics. He replaced Trevor MacDonald as the chief presenter of The News At Ten, before joining Sky News last year as US correspondent. His autobiography And Thank You For Watching reveals both the impact that human suffering have had on him and his news teams, as well as the hilarious happenings that the viewer rarely sees.

Sponsored by Handelsbanken

Friday October 05 - 10/05/2018 02:30 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

BRYONY GORDON£12.50

She’s back – as honest, funny and painfully revealing as ever. Festival favourite and Telegraph columnist Bryony is with us to delve into her latest bestseller Eat, Drink Run: How I Got Fit Without Going Too Mad. It tells how a committed drinker, smoker, loafer and dawdler ran the London Marathon – and smashed the headlines when she interviewed Prince Harry for her mental health podcast.

Sponsored by Gower Cottage Brownies

Saturday October 06 - 10/06/2018 09:00 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

HELENA KENNEDY: HOW BRITISH JUSTICE IS FAILING WOMEN£12.50

In a remarkable career in law and human rights, Helena has been a campaigning force of nature. As a Labour peer (Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws) she has never shirked going against the party line. She follows her 1993 book, Eve Was Framed with another look at women and the justice system with the powerful Eve Was Shamed, asking – as she looks at the lack of female judges, the effects of the Internet and much more – what comes after #MeToo?

Sponsored by St Helen and St Katharine

Sunday October 07 - 10/07/2018 11:00 am
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

SECRET SERVICE QUIZ£10

Have you ever daydreamed of being approached to be a secret agent? Fancied being propelled into an elegant and dangerous world of spies? Pit your wits against some of the greatest minds of our time at this special event with Sunday Times bestseller Sinclair McKay, author of Bletchley Park Brainteasers. Blending extraordinary and illuminating historical tales of the Secret Service from over the years, test your mental agility to discover: Do YOU have what it takes to be a spy? The most brilliant and highest scoring candidate will win a special prize…

Sunday October 07 - 10/07/2018 05:00 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

JAMES HANRATTY: THE MAKING OF AN IMMIGRATION JUDGE£9

Immigration is a word that provokes heated debate and controversy. It is a subject on which everyone has a view, but how different our views might be if we could hear the clear, lucid voice of an immigration judge. Step forward James, author of The Making of an Immigration Judge which details his rise from a clerk in Derbyshire to the House of Lords and the Royal Courts of Justice. He will be in conversation with Daniel Hahn.

Monday October 01 - 10/01/2018 06:30 pm
TOWN HALL

GABY DOHERTY: GRENFELL HOPE£7

“Grenfell Tower wasn’t a tragedy, it was a crime”, said David Lammy MP. However it is defined, the event that took place in North Kensington last summer shook the whole country. Gaby lives opposite the tower and her husband Sean was the first clergy-person on the scene after the fire. Grenfell Hope explains what it was like living in the area before and after the fire, examining poverty issues and attitudes to the poor, showing how even small gestures in everyday life can change local communities.

This event has been cancelled. If you have tickets, you will be issued a full refund.

Monday October 01 - 10/01/2018 08:30 pm
TOWN HALL

JAMES LE FANU: PILL CRISIS£9

The number of prescriptions issued by family doctors has soared threefold in just fifteen years, with millions now committed to taking a cocktail of half a dozen (or more) different types. In Too Many Pills, James – doctor and Telegraph medical columnist – investigates the effects of the prescription epidemic and why it may be so endangering to our health. A fascinating and worrying subject explained by an expert. James will be in conversation with journalist Mark Palmer

Tuesday October 02 - 10/02/2018 10:30 am
TOWN HALL

WHAT WOULD BOUDICCA DO?£7

Imagine you were able to consult the spiky superwomen of history with today’s problems. E Foley and B Coates, the authors of number one bestseller Homework for Grown-Ups, present this wonderfully irreverent concept in What Would Boudicca Do? Everyday Problems Solved by History’s Most Remarkable Women. They look to iconic women like Frida Kahlo, Josephine Baker, Hypatia, Cleopatra, Coco Chanel and Chinese Empress Cixi to help you figure out how to dispatch a love-rat, back yourself, kill it at work and trounce FoMo. They will be in conversation with writer Sunny Singh.

Wednesday October 03 - 10/03/2018 06:30 pm
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ANGELA EAGLE & IMRAN AHMED£9

Great Britain is one of the wealthiest, most successful nations in the world. Why, then, do so many people feel short-changed? This is the question posed by Angela, MP for Wallasey since 1992 and Shadow Leader of the Commons under Miliband, and Imran, political advisor to Labour. At a time of huge political upheaval and ever-increasing inequality, The New Serfdom asks: how can we build a successful economy, powered by a happy and productive workforce that benefits everyone in the 21st Century? They will be in conversation with Daniel Hahn.

Thursday October 04 - 10/04/2018 04:30 pm
TOWN HALL

MODERN LIFE: A 60-MINUTE GUIDE£9

Daisy BuchananGrazia agony aunt and author of How To Be A Grown-Up – chairs a panel looking at how to make adulting work for you. She’s joined by Chidera Eggerue,
the award-winning Slumflower blogger and author of What A Time To Be Alone: The Slumflower’s Guide To Why You Are Already Enough;
Emma Gannon, host of the Ctrl Alt Delete podcast and author of The Multi-Hyphen Method; and Katherine Welby-Roberts, whose I Thought There Would Be Cake sees her tackle modern life as a Christian dealing with depression and anxiety.

In association with Smart Works Reading

Thursday October 04 - 10/04/2018 08:30 pm
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ANTHONY SELDON: EDUCATION REVOLUTON£9

Sir Anthony has had a varied and distinguished career as a headmaster, historian and political author. In The Fourth Education Revolution, the former Wellington head looks to the future and the impact that Artificial Intelligence could have in the world of education. He believes the impact of AI has hardly begun, but that it is a revolution that will provide huge benefits to education.

Friday October 05 - 10/05/2018 10:30 am
TOWN HALL

POLITICS PANEL£9

Wit, wisdom and thought-provoking debate at the end of party conference season. Jason Cowley is the editor who has turned round The New Statesman; his essays and profiles are published in Reaching For Utopia. Ayesha Hazarika (ex-advisor to Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband) is co-author of Punch and Judy Politics about Prime Minister’s Questions and a stand-up comedian. Isabel Hardman, assistant editor of The Spectator and host of Radio 4 show Week in Westminster, is the author of Why We Get the Wrong Politicians.

Sponsored by Laithwaite’s Wine

Sunday October 07 - 10/07/2018 01:00 pm
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THE NOVEL FIGHTS BACK£7

Will Self’s pronouncement that “The novel is doomed to become a marginal cultural form” caused controversy. Here, the writers of three acclaimed novels defend the form with Daniel Hahn, former Society of Authors chair. Nikesh Shukla’s The One Who Wrote Destiny tells the story of a young man who moves from sunny Kenya to the drizzly northern town of Keighley; Rachel EdwardsDarling has been described as the first Brexit thriller and tells of the clash between a white teenage girl and her new black stepmother; and in Learning to Die, Thomas Maloney follows five characters as they fall under a mortal shadow. Novels doomed? Hardly.
Sponsored by HW Fisher

Thursday October 04 - 10/04/2018 12:30 pm
TOWN HALL

ELIZABETH BURTON-PHILLIPS£7

A child taking to drugs is a parental nightmare, but for Elizabeth, drug addiction destroyed the lives of her identical twin sons. They were doing well at school but were suspended for smoking cannabis; it was the start of a journey into heroin addiction that led to Nick killing himself. In Mum Can You Lend Me Twenty Quid, Elizabeth, who was last year awarded an MBE for founding charity DrugFAM, tells her moving tale that won praise from Theresa May and has the saving grace that her surviving twin Simon is now drug-free. Join her in discussion with DrugFAM ambassador, Nellie Williams.

Friday October 05 - 10/05/2018 08:30 pm
TOWN HALL

LES HINTON: MURDOCH’S EMPIRE£9

Few people know Rupert Murdoch and the inner workings of his vast empire better than Les. He spent 52 years working for the media magnate, first as a copy boy and finally as a troubleshooting director at the top of the pile. In The Bootle Boy he tells the inside story of the upheaval in newspapers and the reputation-destroying phone hacking. Come along to hear everything you wanted to know about Murdoch but were too afraid to ask.

Monday October 01 - 10/01/2018 10:30 am
TOWN HALL

MICHAEL WOOLDRIDGE: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE£7

‘AI’ is not something that awaits us in the future – it is already all around us and we have come to rely on its embedded software, as Michael, professor of computer science at Oxford, shows in his Ladybird Expert book Artificial Intelligence: Everything You Need To Know About The Coming AI. In conversation with Scottish Mortgage’s Catharine Flood, he takes us on an informative and accessible journey – from Alan Turing asking in 1950 ‘Can machines think?’ to digital assistants like Siri and Alexa today – and looks ahead to what a world of ubiquitous AI would look like.


A Scottish Mortgage Resolute Optimism event

Tuesday October 02 - 10/02/2018 06:30 pm
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CHRISTIE WATSON: A NURSE’S LIFE£9

Winning the Costa First Novel Award for Tiny Sunbirds Far Away set Christie on the road to becoming a full time writer after a career working in nursing. Now, in the moving, intimate and powerful Language of Kindness – already one of the most acclaimed books of the year – she looks back on her 20 years as a nurse. She takes on a journey filled with all human life, from the neonatal unit where premature babies fight for life to cancer wards, paediatric intensive care and the geriatric ward. Christie will be in conversation with the broadcaster Gerry Foley.

Saturday October 06 - 10/06/2018 05:00 pm
TOWN HALL