LOADING...

ALAN JOHNSON£12.50

There are clues of the importance of music in the former Home Secretary’s life in the titles of his first three acclaimed autobiographical books: This Boy, Please, Mr Postman and The Long and Winding Road. Education Secretary under Blair and Health Secretary under Brown, Alan stood down as an MP at last year’s General Election. He comes back to Henley with In My Life, a look back at his life and love of music, and will be in discussion with the journalist and author Lesley Garner

Sponsored by Laithwaite’s Wine

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 - 06:00 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

AUSTIN MITCHELL: POLITICAL MAVERICK£12.50

From 1977 until 2015, Austin was the MP for Grimsby and a fly in the parliamentary ointment. While he upset many, he also became a heroic figure as a man unafraid of voicing his views. His book, Confessions of a Political Maverick, is an account of the former television reporter’s life as an MP. Mavericks may annoy the whips, threaten party discipline and challenge the solemnities of Parliament – but the world would be a poorer place without them.

Monday October 01 - 02:30 pm
KENTON THEATRE

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

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

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

KENNETH BAKER£12.50

Lord Baker had an illustrious political career serving as Education Secretary in the Thatcher government, Home Secretary under John Major and Conservative Party Chair. Having written books on a diverse range of fascinating subjects, from King George III to political cartoons and poetry, Kenneth now comes to the Festival with On The Seven Deadly Sins – a beautifully illustrated look at how the sins have shaped history from the Greeks and Romans through to modern day.

Wednesday October 03 - 10:30 am
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

ANDREW ROBERTS£12.50

“I felt that I was walking with destiny, and all my life had been but preparation for that hour.” So said Winston Churchill about becoming Prime Minister in 1940. Leading historian and broadcaster Andrew – who takes the words as the title of his book on the wartime leader Churchill: Walking with Destiny – is the first Churchill biographer to be granted access by the Queen to the private diaries of King George VI for this riveting biography of a man still revered by the British people.

Thursday October 04 - 02:30 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

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

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

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

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

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

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

ALAN JOHNSON£12.50

There are clues of the importance of music in the former Home Secretary’s life in the titles of his first three acclaimed autobiographical books: This Boy, Please, Mr Postman and The Long and Winding Road. Education Secretary under Blair and Health Secretary under Brown, Alan stood down as an MP at last year’s General Election. He comes back to Henley with In My Life, a look back at his life and love of music, and will be in discussion with the journalist and author Lesley Garner

Sponsored by Laithwaite’s Wine

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 06:00 pm
KENTON THEATRE

AUSTIN MITCHELL: POLITICAL MAVERICK£12.50

From 1977 until 2015, Austin was the MP for Grimsby and a fly in the parliamentary ointment. While he upset many, he also became a heroic figure as a man unafraid of voicing his views. His book, Confessions of a Political Maverick, is an account of the former television reporter’s life as an MP. Mavericks may annoy the whips, threaten party discipline and challenge the solemnities of Parliament – but the world would be a poorer place without them.

Monday October 01 - 10/01/2018 02:30 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

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

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

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

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

KENNETH BAKER£12.50

Lord Baker had an illustrious political career serving as Education Secretary in the Thatcher government, Home Secretary under John Major and Conservative Party Chair. Having written books on a diverse range of fascinating subjects, from King George III to political cartoons and poetry, Kenneth now comes to the Festival with On The Seven Deadly Sins – a beautifully illustrated look at how the sins have shaped history from the Greeks and Romans through to modern day.

Wednesday October 03 - 10/03/2018 10:30 am
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

ANDREW ROBERTS£12.50

“I felt that I was walking with destiny, and all my life had been but preparation for that hour.” So said Winston Churchill about becoming Prime Minister in 1940. Leading historian and broadcaster Andrew – who takes the words as the title of his book on the wartime leader Churchill: Walking with Destiny – is the first Churchill biographer to be granted access by the Queen to the private diaries of King George VI for this riveting biography of a man still revered by the British people.

Thursday October 04 - 10/04/2018 02:30 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

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

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

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

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
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
TOWN HALL

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

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