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ROY ADKINS: GIBRALTAR£9

For over three and a half years, from 1779 to 1783, the tiny territory of Gibraltar was besieged and blockaded, on land and at sea, by the overwhelming forces of Spain and France. It became the longest siege in British history, and husband and wife historians and authors Roy and Lesley bring it to dramatic and detailed life in Gibraltar – The Greatest Siege in British History.

Monday October 01 - 04:30 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

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

JONATHAN FENBY: 1948, YEAR OF CHANGE£7

In 1947-1948, the world we know today was shaped. It saw the unrolling of the Cold War between Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Russia and the Western powers; the beginning of the demise of the British Empire with the birth of the Indian and Pakistan republics; the creation of the state of Israel; the refugee flight of Palestinians; and and the first Arab-Israeli war. Former Observer editor Jonathan’s powerful book Crucible – Twelve Months that Changed the World Forever chronicles this historic time. 

Tuesday October 02 - 02:30 pm
TOWN HALL

PADDY ASHDOWN: NEIN!£12.50

The former Liberal Democrat leader, now a highly respected historian, returns to the festival with a fascinating subject: the Germans who dared to stand up to Adolf Hitler, their attempts to kill him and how they worked against him. Nein! Standing up to Hitler 1934-45 takes us into a dramatic world where people risked their lives to try and bring down the Nazi leader. Hear these remarkable stories brought to life by one of the country’s most engaging speakers.

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

Tuesday October 02 - 02:30 pm
KENTON THEATRE

BARRY TURNER: SAVING BERLIN£7

Lying 120 miles inside Soviet East Germany, in 1948 Berlin was a divided city in a divided country. Stalin wanted the Allies out and cut off food and fuel; so, from June 1948 to May 1949, the most ambitious airborne relief operation ever was mounted, flying over two million tons of supplies on almost 300,000 flights to save the beleaguered city. Historian Barry, author of The Berlin Airlift, takes us back to an astonishing operation.

Wednesday October 03 - 04:30 pm
TOWN HALL

CLARE MULLEY: THE WOMEN WHO FLEW FOR HITLER£7

Hanna Reitsch and Melitta von Stauffenberg were from very different backgrounds but both became pioneering test pilots in 1930s Germany, as Clare explains in The Women who Flew for Hitler. These talented (and strikingly attractive) women were both awarded the Iron Cross for service to the Third Reich but they neither had a good word to say for the other; Hanna begged Hitler to let her fly him to safety in April 1945, while Melitta supported attempt to assassinate the Führer. 

Friday October 05 - 12:30 pm
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

JULIAN THOMPSON: MILITARY MASTERS£9

Major General Julian Thompson served for over three decades in the Royal Marines and led 3 Commando Brigade in the Falklands War before becoming a respected military historian, so he is well qualified to examine the lives and tactics of 30 of the world’s greatest military leaders. In Masters of the Battlefield he examines the skills of the great men chronologically from Alexander the Great to Norman Schwarzkopf.

Saturday October 06 - 11:00 am
TOWN HALL

QUENTIN FALK: MR MIDSHIPMAN VC£7

Thirty-nine Victoria Crosses were awarded in the wake of Gallipoli, but arguably none more deserved than that bestowed on 20-year-old George Leslie Drewry. In Mr Midshipman VC, Former Mail and Telegraph journalist Quentin tells the story of George’s incident-packed short life: he survived falling into a bog as a child and being hit by a car; as a novice merchantman, he fell from the rigging of his ship; and was even shipwrecked after rounding Cape Horn. Hear about this man and his incredible, eventful life.

Sunday October 07 - 11:00 am
TOWN HALL

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

FREDERICK FORSYTH£12.50

Having sold over 75 million books globally, Frederick makes his Henley debut aged 80 with The Fox, his first novel in five years (after the idea made him abandon retirement plans). Based on real-life hackers Gary McKinnon and Lauri Love, it focuses on a schoolboy who’s able to penetrate intricate  rewalls to access high-level secrets. A rare chance to hear one of the world’s most popular writers (whose career has included stints as an RAF pilot and journalist), the man behind bestsellers including The Day of the Jackal,The Odessa File and The Fourth Protocol.

Please note: This event has now moved from the date and time billed in the programme. This event will now be held on Saturday 29th September at 1pm at Christ Church. 

Saturday September 29 - 01:00 pm
CHRIST CHURCH

MAX HASTINGS£12.50

Award-winning military historian and former Telegraph editor Max turns his attention to the Far East in Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy 1945-1975. He himself worked as a BBC TV reporter during the Vietnam War, which became the Western world’s most divisive modern conflict. A regular and popular visitor to Henley, his understanding of matters military and political have made him a highly respected speaker and writer. He spent three years carrying out interviews for this, his latest acclaimed book.

Sponsored by Savills

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

Thursday October 04 - 12:30 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

FREDERICK FORSYTH£12.50

Having sold over 75 million books globally, Frederick makes his Henley debut aged 80 with The Fox, his first novel in five years (after the idea made him abandon retirement plans). Based on real-life hackers Gary McKinnon and Lauri Love, it focuses on a schoolboy who’s able to penetrate intricate  rewalls to access high-level secrets. A rare chance to hear one of the world’s most popular writers (whose career has included stints as an RAF pilot and journalist), the man behind bestsellers including The Day of the Jackal,The Odessa File and The Fourth Protocol.

Please note: This event has now moved from the date and time billed in the programme. This event will now be held on Saturday 29th September at 1pm at Christ Church. 

Saturday September 29 - 09/29/2018 01:00 pm
CHRIST CHURCH

ROY ADKINS: GIBRALTAR£9

For over three and a half years, from 1779 to 1783, the tiny territory of Gibraltar was besieged and blockaded, on land and at sea, by the overwhelming forces of Spain and France. It became the longest siege in British history, and husband and wife historians and authors Roy and Lesley bring it to dramatic and detailed life in Gibraltar – The Greatest Siege in British History.

Monday October 01 - 10/01/2018 04:30 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

PADDY ASHDOWN: NEIN!£12.50

The former Liberal Democrat leader, now a highly respected historian, returns to the festival with a fascinating subject: the Germans who dared to stand up to Adolf Hitler, their attempts to kill him and how they worked against him. Nein! Standing up to Hitler 1934-45 takes us into a dramatic world where people risked their lives to try and bring down the Nazi leader. Hear these remarkable stories brought to life by one of the country’s most engaging speakers.

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

Tuesday October 02 - 10/02/2018 02:30 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

MAX HASTINGS£12.50

Award-winning military historian and former Telegraph editor Max turns his attention to the Far East in Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy 1945-1975. He himself worked as a BBC TV reporter during the Vietnam War, which became the Western world’s most divisive modern conflict. A regular and popular visitor to Henley, his understanding of matters military and political have made him a highly respected speaker and writer. He spent three years carrying out interviews for this, his latest acclaimed book.

Sponsored by Savills

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

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

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

JONATHAN FENBY: 1948, YEAR OF CHANGE£7

In 1947-1948, the world we know today was shaped. It saw the unrolling of the Cold War between Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Russia and the Western powers; the beginning of the demise of the British Empire with the birth of the Indian and Pakistan republics; the creation of the state of Israel; the refugee flight of Palestinians; and and the first Arab-Israeli war. Former Observer editor Jonathan’s powerful book Crucible – Twelve Months that Changed the World Forever chronicles this historic time. 

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

BARRY TURNER: SAVING BERLIN£7

Lying 120 miles inside Soviet East Germany, in 1948 Berlin was a divided city in a divided country. Stalin wanted the Allies out and cut off food and fuel; so, from June 1948 to May 1949, the most ambitious airborne relief operation ever was mounted, flying over two million tons of supplies on almost 300,000 flights to save the beleaguered city. Historian Barry, author of The Berlin Airlift, takes us back to an astonishing operation.

Wednesday October 03 - 10/03/2018 04:30 pm
TOWN HALL

CLARE MULLEY: THE WOMEN WHO FLEW FOR HITLER£7

Hanna Reitsch and Melitta von Stauffenberg were from very different backgrounds but both became pioneering test pilots in 1930s Germany, as Clare explains in The Women who Flew for Hitler. These talented (and strikingly attractive) women were both awarded the Iron Cross for service to the Third Reich but they neither had a good word to say for the other; Hanna begged Hitler to let her fly him to safety in April 1945, while Melitta supported attempt to assassinate the Führer. 

Friday October 05 - 10/05/2018 12:30 pm
TOWN HALL

JULIAN THOMPSON: MILITARY MASTERS£9

Major General Julian Thompson served for over three decades in the Royal Marines and led 3 Commando Brigade in the Falklands War before becoming a respected military historian, so he is well qualified to examine the lives and tactics of 30 of the world’s greatest military leaders. In Masters of the Battlefield he examines the skills of the great men chronologically from Alexander the Great to Norman Schwarzkopf.

Saturday October 06 - 10/06/2018 11:00 am
TOWN HALL

QUENTIN FALK: MR MIDSHIPMAN VC£7

Thirty-nine Victoria Crosses were awarded in the wake of Gallipoli, but arguably none more deserved than that bestowed on 20-year-old George Leslie Drewry. In Mr Midshipman VC, Former Mail and Telegraph journalist Quentin tells the story of George’s incident-packed short life: he survived falling into a bog as a child and being hit by a car; as a novice merchantman, he fell from the rigging of his ship; and was even shipwrecked after rounding Cape Horn. Hear about this man and his incredible, eventful life.

Sunday October 07 - 10/07/2018 11:00 am
TOWN HALL