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Anna Pasternak: The Real Wallis Simpson£12

There is an enduring fascination for the American divorcee Wallis Simpson, whose love affair with King Edward VIII led to his abdication and their exile. In Untitled: The Real Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, bestselling biographer Anna tells a different story: that Wallis was the victim of the abdication, not the villain. Olivier-winning RSC and West End actor, Geoffrey Streatfield, will join Anna to read correspondence between the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

Saturday September 28 - 04:00 pm
Phyllis Court

Jack Straw£12

The former Home Secretary and Lord Chancellor adds his name to the high- powered politicians to come to the festival. The English Job is about our difficult relationship with Iran. Amongst British diplomats there’s a rather poignant joke that Iran is the only country in the world which still regards the UK as a superpower. An opportunity to hear about Britain’s place in the Middle East, from one of our longest- serving Foreign Secretaries. Interviewed Alistair Bunkall.

Monday September 30 - 12:00 pm
Phyllis Court

Steph Booth: Married to Alzheimer’s£9

Until his death two years ago, Steph was married for two decades to the actor Tony Booth, most famous for his role in Till Death Do Us Part and as father-in-law to Tony Blair through his daughter Cherie. In 2004 he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Steph’s moving account Married to Alzheimer’s tells of the frustration, laughter, anger and joy of their relationship and the effects of this increasingly common disease. In conversation with Cindy Burrowes.

Monday September 30 - 12:00 pm
Town Hall

Terry Waite£12

Terry wrote his first book ‘in his head’ while being held captive in Beirut. Now a respected author and speaker, he returns to Henley with an affectionate and honest book, Travels with a Primate, about his decade travelling the globe with Robert Runcie, then Archbishop of Canterbury. This event will be a nostalgic return to the 1980s and as a delightful tribute to enduring friendship. He will be in conversation with James Runcie, the Archbishop’s son and acclaimed author.

Monday September 30 - 02:00 pm
Phyllis Court

Theresa May: The Books That Shaped My Life£14

From stuffing envelopes at her local Conservative Association to becoming our second female Prime Minister, via a long stint as Home Secretary, the MP for Maidenhead has had an extraordinary life. In this special event she reflects on that and shares for
the first time the books that have inspired her. We know Pride & Prejudice is her desert island book and that she shares our affection of the Bell Bookshop, but what are her other favourites? Find out here at Henley. Interviewed by Katherine Grainger.

Theresa May’s fee and a donation from HLF for this event will go to her chosen charity The MS Society. 

This event is now sold out. Please contact the box office if you’d like to added to the waiting list. If any tickets become available, an email will be sent to everyone on the waiting list regardless of your place.

Monday September 30 - 02:00 pm
Christ Church

Jenni Murray: A History of the World in 21 Women£14

Who better than Dame Jenni, presenter of Woman’s Hour for over three decades, to give the lie to Thomas Carlyle’s infamous declaration that ‘the history of the world is but the biography of great men.’ After looking at the women who shaped Britain in her previous book (and sell-out Henley event), she turns her attention to the likes of Marie Curie, Empress Cixi and Frida Kahlo, and other pioneers in arts, science, politics and more. In conversation with Sue Cook.

This event is sponsored by Freeths LLP

Tuesday October 01 - 04:00 pm
Phyllis Court

John Browne: Changing World£12

The former chief executive of BP – during its “golden period of expansion and diversification” – looks at the pace of change in the modern world and the effect new technologies have on our lives for both good and ill. But in Make, Think, Imagine: Engineering the Future of Civilisation Lord Browne, now a respected writer, speaker and cross-bench peer, argues compellingly that the same spark that triggers each innovation can be used to counter its negative consequences. Interviewed by Daniel Hahn.

Tuesday October 01 - 06:30 pm
Phyllis Court

Caroline Slocock: Margaret Thatcher & Me£12

Caroline was the first female private secretary to any British Prime Minister, with a front-row seat for the final 18 months of Margaret Thatcher’s premiership. A left-wing feminist, Slocock was no natural ally – and yet she became fascinated by the woman behind the ‘Iron Lady’ façade and by how she dealt with a world dominated by men. She tells the astonishing story of how this era-defining leader was brought down by her closest political allies. In conversation with Stephen Robinson. This event is sponsored by The Burnside Partnership.

Wednesday October 02 - 12:00 pm
Phyllis Court

Jack Brown: Number 10£9

It is the most iconic front door in London, located in a small street off Whitehall but recognised the world over. Jack was appointed Number 10 Downing Street’s first Researcher in Residence and has so far seen three residents in as many years. Lecturer in London Studies at King’s College and now author of No. 10: The Geography of Power at Downing Street, he knows as much as anyone about the history of the home and office of the British Prime Minister. In conversation with Gerry Foley.

Wednesday October 02 - 02:00 pm
Festival Hub

Rachel Reeves: Women of Westminister£12

When Nancy Astor was elected as the MP for Plymouth Sutton in 1919 she became the first woman to take her seat in the House of Commons. A remarkable achievement given that women – and only certain women – had been entitled to vote for just over a year.
In the past 100 years, a total of 491women have been elected to Parliament. In Women of Westminster Rachel, the Labour MP for Leeds West, looks at the political battles women have fought over the century. In conversation with Jane Martinson.

Wednesday October 02 - 06:30 pm
Phyllis Court

Jacob Rees-Mogg£14

So now we know what Jacob does in his spare time from parliamentary duties. He has written The Victorians: Twelve Titans who Forged Britain, a passionate assessment of 19th- Century Britain through a dozen key figures. 200 years on from the birth of Queen Victoria Jacob sees the era as a time of bright ambition, bold self-belief and determined industriousness where men like Palmerston, Pugin and Brunel flourished. A chance to hear from one of our most-discussed MPs. This event is sponsored by The Burnside Partnership.

Friday October 04 - 04:00 pm
Christ Church

Thomas Grant & Jonathan Aitken: The Old Bailey£12

Since opening its doors in 1907 Court Number One at the Old Bailey has been the stage for some very memorable trials, including Lord Haw Haw, John Christie, Ruth Ellis and Jeremy Thorpe. Barrister Thomas has followed Jeremy Hutchinson’s Case Histories with Court Number One:The Old Bailey Trials That Defined Modern Britain. He is joined by former MP Jonathan who was convicted of perjury there in 1999 and returned last year to be ordained as a prison chaplain. Interviewed by Daniel Hahn.

Saturday October 05 - 02:00 pm
Phyllis Court

Jacob Rees-Mogg£14

So now we know what Jacob does in his spare time from parliamentary duties. He has written The Victorians: Twelve Titans who Forged Britain, a passionate assessment of 19th- Century Britain through a dozen key figures. 200 years on from the birth of Queen Victoria Jacob sees the era as a time of bright ambition, bold self-belief and determined industriousness where men like Palmerston, Pugin and Brunel flourished. A chance to hear from one of our most-discussed MPs. This event is sponsored by The Burnside Partnership.

Friday October 04 - 10/04/2019 04:00 pm
Christ Church

Theresa May: The Books That Shaped My Life£14

From stuffing envelopes at her local Conservative Association to becoming our second female Prime Minister, via a long stint as Home Secretary, the MP for Maidenhead has had an extraordinary life. In this special event she reflects on that and shares for
the first time the books that have inspired her. We know Pride & Prejudice is her desert island book and that she shares our affection of the Bell Bookshop, but what are her other favourites? Find out here at Henley. Interviewed by Katherine Grainger.

Theresa May’s fee and a donation from HLF for this event will go to her chosen charity The MS Society. 

This event is now sold out. Please contact the box office if you’d like to added to the waiting list. If any tickets become available, an email will be sent to everyone on the waiting list regardless of your place.

Monday September 30 - 09/30/2019 02:00 pm
Christ Church

Jack Brown: Number 10£9

It is the most iconic front door in London, located in a small street off Whitehall but recognised the world over. Jack was appointed Number 10 Downing Street’s first Researcher in Residence and has so far seen three residents in as many years. Lecturer in London Studies at King’s College and now author of No. 10: The Geography of Power at Downing Street, he knows as much as anyone about the history of the home and office of the British Prime Minister. In conversation with Gerry Foley.

Wednesday October 02 - 10/02/2019 02:00 pm
Festival Hub

Caroline Slocock: Margaret Thatcher & Me£12

Caroline was the first female private secretary to any British Prime Minister, with a front-row seat for the final 18 months of Margaret Thatcher’s premiership. A left-wing feminist, Slocock was no natural ally – and yet she became fascinated by the woman behind the ‘Iron Lady’ façade and by how she dealt with a world dominated by men. She tells the astonishing story of how this era-defining leader was brought down by her closest political allies. In conversation with Stephen Robinson. This event is sponsored by The Burnside Partnership.

Wednesday October 02 - 10/02/2019 12:00 pm
Phyllis Court

Rachel Reeves: Women of Westminister£12

When Nancy Astor was elected as the MP for Plymouth Sutton in 1919 she became the first woman to take her seat in the House of Commons. A remarkable achievement given that women – and only certain women – had been entitled to vote for just over a year.
In the past 100 years, a total of 491women have been elected to Parliament. In Women of Westminster Rachel, the Labour MP for Leeds West, looks at the political battles women have fought over the century. In conversation with Jane Martinson.

Wednesday October 02 - 10/02/2019 06:30 pm
Phyllis Court

Anna Pasternak: The Real Wallis Simpson£12

There is an enduring fascination for the American divorcee Wallis Simpson, whose love affair with King Edward VIII led to his abdication and their exile. In Untitled: The Real Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, bestselling biographer Anna tells a different story: that Wallis was the victim of the abdication, not the villain. Olivier-winning RSC and West End actor, Geoffrey Streatfield, will join Anna to read correspondence between the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

Saturday September 28 - 09/28/2019 04:00 pm
Phyllis Court

Jack Straw£12

The former Home Secretary and Lord Chancellor adds his name to the high- powered politicians to come to the festival. The English Job is about our difficult relationship with Iran. Amongst British diplomats there’s a rather poignant joke that Iran is the only country in the world which still regards the UK as a superpower. An opportunity to hear about Britain’s place in the Middle East, from one of our longest- serving Foreign Secretaries. Interviewed Alistair Bunkall.

Monday September 30 - 09/30/2019 12:00 pm
Phyllis Court

Terry Waite£12

Terry wrote his first book ‘in his head’ while being held captive in Beirut. Now a respected author and speaker, he returns to Henley with an affectionate and honest book, Travels with a Primate, about his decade travelling the globe with Robert Runcie, then Archbishop of Canterbury. This event will be a nostalgic return to the 1980s and as a delightful tribute to enduring friendship. He will be in conversation with James Runcie, the Archbishop’s son and acclaimed author.

Monday September 30 - 09/30/2019 02:00 pm
Phyllis Court

Thomas Grant & Jonathan Aitken: The Old Bailey£12

Since opening its doors in 1907 Court Number One at the Old Bailey has been the stage for some very memorable trials, including Lord Haw Haw, John Christie, Ruth Ellis and Jeremy Thorpe. Barrister Thomas has followed Jeremy Hutchinson’s Case Histories with Court Number One:The Old Bailey Trials That Defined Modern Britain. He is joined by former MP Jonathan who was convicted of perjury there in 1999 and returned last year to be ordained as a prison chaplain. Interviewed by Daniel Hahn.

Saturday October 05 - 10/05/2019 02:00 pm
Phyllis Court

Jenni Murray: A History of the World in 21 Women£14

Who better than Dame Jenni, presenter of Woman’s Hour for over three decades, to give the lie to Thomas Carlyle’s infamous declaration that ‘the history of the world is but the biography of great men.’ After looking at the women who shaped Britain in her previous book (and sell-out Henley event), she turns her attention to the likes of Marie Curie, Empress Cixi and Frida Kahlo, and other pioneers in arts, science, politics and more. In conversation with Sue Cook.

This event is sponsored by Freeths LLP

Tuesday October 01 - 10/01/2019 04:00 pm
Phyllis Court

John Browne: Changing World£12

The former chief executive of BP – during its “golden period of expansion and diversification” – looks at the pace of change in the modern world and the effect new technologies have on our lives for both good and ill. But in Make, Think, Imagine: Engineering the Future of Civilisation Lord Browne, now a respected writer, speaker and cross-bench peer, argues compellingly that the same spark that triggers each innovation can be used to counter its negative consequences. Interviewed by Daniel Hahn.

Tuesday October 01 - 10/01/2019 06:30 pm
Phyllis Court

Steph Booth: Married to Alzheimer’s£9

Until his death two years ago, Steph was married for two decades to the actor Tony Booth, most famous for his role in Till Death Do Us Part and as father-in-law to Tony Blair through his daughter Cherie. In 2004 he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Steph’s moving account Married to Alzheimer’s tells of the frustration, laughter, anger and joy of their relationship and the effects of this increasingly common disease. In conversation with Cindy Burrowes.

Monday September 30 - 09/30/2019 12:00 pm
Town Hall