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Jonathan Hoban: Walk With Your Wolf£9

Join leading psychotherapist Jonathan for a special walk along the river leaving from Hobbs Boatyard, as he explains why he is such an advocate of walking therapy. His part-memoir, part-life-coaching Walk With Your Wolf will help you confront and navigate difficult emotions such as anxiety and depression – and even help with problems with addiction.

The walk will last approximately one hour and will leave from Hobbs Boatyard just after 10.

Sunday September 29 - 10:00 am
Hobbs Boatyard

Michael Parkinson: George Best and Me£15 inc. book

George was one of the greatest footballers to ever play and Michael was one of our leading sports writers and television hosts. In George Best: A Memoir Sir Michael looks back on the extraordinary life that saw a teenager from Belfast become an icon and a worldwide superstar.An opportunity to listen and watch clips from Michael’s career in which he’s interviewed over 2000 of the most cultural figures of the 20th and 21st centuries. Interviewed by his son and co-author Mike Parkinson. Ticket includes a copy of George Best (RRP £8.99).

This event is sponsored by Porsche Centre Reading

Tuesday October 01 - 06:30 pm
Christ Church

Duncan Hamilton: Neville Cardus£9

Of all sports, cricket has arguably inspired the greatest writing. At the forefront was Neville Cardus, whose prose changed sports journalism forever. Duncan, a two-time winner of the prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year, tells the story of the lauded writer in The Great Romantic: Cricket and the Golden Age of Neville Cardus. With his disdain for statistics but skill in phrase-making Cardus popularised cricket like no other writer. In conversation with Patrick Collins.

Wednesday October 02 - 02:00 pm
Town Hall

Vic Marks & Derek Pringle: Opening Pair£12

Two of our best-loved cricketers-turned- journalists, both England Test players, come together for a delightful and humorous hour of sporting chat.They were both extremely successful for Somerset and Essex but managed to retain a sense of fun about the game.Vic recounts his days at Somerset with Viv Richards and Ian Botham in Original Spin: Misadventures in Cricket while ‘Pring’ recounts his life and times in Pushing the Boundaries: Cricket in the Eighties. Great stuff. Interviewed by Jon Ryan. This event is sponsored by Laithwaite’s Wine

Friday October 04 - 02:00 pm
Phyllis Court

Henry Blofeld: Voice of Cricket£14

Henry’s was one of the most memorable voices in cricket commentary. Known as Blowers and famed for his greeting ‘My dear old thing’ he wrote cricket for The Times before joining the BBC’s Test Match Special Team. Now in the wonderfully entertaining My A-Z of Cricket he journeys through the alphabet with anecdotes from the world of cricket covering the most important moments in the sport’s history as well as the most entertaining and amusing.

Friday October 04 - 04:00 pm
Phyllis Court

Monty Panesar£12

Few cricketers generated more feel-good factor than Monty, the first Sikh to play for England. He was an inspirational figure to British Asians in a career where he played 50 Tests, 26 ODIs and took over 700 first class wickets. In The Full Monty – what else could he call it – he talks about growing-up as a cricket obsessed child in Luton, the ups and downs of his career, the extreme racism his parents faced and the severe paranoia he suffered.

Saturday October 05 - 06:30 pm
Christ Church

Sir Alastair Cook£25 inc. book

He has earned more caps, scored more runs and captained more games than anyone in the history of England cricket. Now for the first time, after deciding to retire from international cricket last autumn, he gives a no-holds-barred account of his life, career and future plans in his autobiography. A rare encounter with one of the greatest batsmen of all time. Ticket includes a copy of The Autobiography (RRP £20).

Sunday October 06 - 10:00 am
Phyllis Court

Jason Plato: Fast & Furious£12

Who could resist a book with the title How Not to Be a Professional Racing Driver? That’s Jason’s warts-and-all autobiography, in spite of the fact that he has twice won the British Touring Car Championship and holds the record for most races won. But he has also found time to be a television presenter, voiceover artist, pilot, bon viveur, hedonist, robber, former inmate of the Monaco police department and a rare sportsman who drinks, smokes and doesn’t go to the gym. In conversation with Beverley Turner. This event is sponsored by Porsche Centre Reading.

Sunday October 06 - 06:30 pm
Festival Hub

Michael Parkinson: George Best and Me£15 inc. book

George was one of the greatest footballers to ever play and Michael was one of our leading sports writers and television hosts. In George Best: A Memoir Sir Michael looks back on the extraordinary life that saw a teenager from Belfast become an icon and a worldwide superstar.An opportunity to listen and watch clips from Michael’s career in which he’s interviewed over 2000 of the most cultural figures of the 20th and 21st centuries. Interviewed by his son and co-author Mike Parkinson. Ticket includes a copy of George Best (RRP £8.99).

This event is sponsored by Porsche Centre Reading

Tuesday October 01 - 10/01/2019 06:30 pm
Christ Church

Monty Panesar£12

Few cricketers generated more feel-good factor than Monty, the first Sikh to play for England. He was an inspirational figure to British Asians in a career where he played 50 Tests, 26 ODIs and took over 700 first class wickets. In The Full Monty – what else could he call it – he talks about growing-up as a cricket obsessed child in Luton, the ups and downs of his career, the extreme racism his parents faced and the severe paranoia he suffered.

Saturday October 05 - 10/05/2019 06:30 pm
Christ Church

Jason Plato: Fast & Furious£12

Who could resist a book with the title How Not to Be a Professional Racing Driver? That’s Jason’s warts-and-all autobiography, in spite of the fact that he has twice won the British Touring Car Championship and holds the record for most races won. But he has also found time to be a television presenter, voiceover artist, pilot, bon viveur, hedonist, robber, former inmate of the Monaco police department and a rare sportsman who drinks, smokes and doesn’t go to the gym. In conversation with Beverley Turner. This event is sponsored by Porsche Centre Reading.

Sunday October 06 - 10/06/2019 06:30 pm
Festival Hub

Jonathan Hoban: Walk With Your Wolf£9

Join leading psychotherapist Jonathan for a special walk along the river leaving from Hobbs Boatyard, as he explains why he is such an advocate of walking therapy. His part-memoir, part-life-coaching Walk With Your Wolf will help you confront and navigate difficult emotions such as anxiety and depression – and even help with problems with addiction.

The walk will last approximately one hour and will leave from Hobbs Boatyard just after 10.

Sunday September 29 - 09/29/2019 10:00 am
Hobbs Boatyard

Sir Alastair Cook£25 inc. book

He has earned more caps, scored more runs and captained more games than anyone in the history of England cricket. Now for the first time, after deciding to retire from international cricket last autumn, he gives a no-holds-barred account of his life, career and future plans in his autobiography. A rare encounter with one of the greatest batsmen of all time. Ticket includes a copy of The Autobiography (RRP £20).

Sunday October 06 - 10/06/2019 10:00 am
Phyllis Court

Vic Marks & Derek Pringle: Opening Pair£12

Two of our best-loved cricketers-turned- journalists, both England Test players, come together for a delightful and humorous hour of sporting chat.They were both extremely successful for Somerset and Essex but managed to retain a sense of fun about the game.Vic recounts his days at Somerset with Viv Richards and Ian Botham in Original Spin: Misadventures in Cricket while ‘Pring’ recounts his life and times in Pushing the Boundaries: Cricket in the Eighties. Great stuff. Interviewed by Jon Ryan. This event is sponsored by Laithwaite’s Wine

Friday October 04 - 10/04/2019 02:00 pm
Phyllis Court

Henry Blofeld: Voice of Cricket£14

Henry’s was one of the most memorable voices in cricket commentary. Known as Blowers and famed for his greeting ‘My dear old thing’ he wrote cricket for The Times before joining the BBC’s Test Match Special Team. Now in the wonderfully entertaining My A-Z of Cricket he journeys through the alphabet with anecdotes from the world of cricket covering the most important moments in the sport’s history as well as the most entertaining and amusing.

Friday October 04 - 10/04/2019 04:00 pm
Phyllis Court

Duncan Hamilton: Neville Cardus£9

Of all sports, cricket has arguably inspired the greatest writing. At the forefront was Neville Cardus, whose prose changed sports journalism forever. Duncan, a two-time winner of the prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year, tells the story of the lauded writer in The Great Romantic: Cricket and the Golden Age of Neville Cardus. With his disdain for statistics but skill in phrase-making Cardus popularised cricket like no other writer. In conversation with Patrick Collins.

Wednesday October 02 - 10/02/2019 02:00 pm
Town Hall