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MOEEN ALI£12.50

The story of Moeen’s rise to England cricket star is a fascinating and inspiring one. Son of a cricket-obsessed father, he has won 50 Test caps and in his much-anticipated autobiography Moeen he talks of his pride at representing his country and being a practicing Muslim. He is a cricketer of rare talent as batsman and spin bowler,  is not afraid to speak out for humanitarian causes and is an inspiration to a generation. He is interviewed by former BBC sports editor, Mihir Bose.

Sponsored by The Head Partnership Solicitors

Saturday September 29 - 07:00 pm
CHRIST CHURCH

HUGH MATHESON & CHRISTOPHER DODD: COACH SUPREME£10

Olympic medalist Hugh and rowing historian Christopher trace the extraordinary career of coach supreme, Jurgen Grobler. For over 20 years he has been the mastermind behind British rowing’s Olympic success. Their book, More Power tracks Jurgen’s career from its beginning in the German Democratic Republic, where systemic doping was an open secret, to crossing to Britain following the fall of the Berlin Wall. A fascinating story in a fitting setting.

Monday October 01 - 02:30 pm
THE HIBERNIA

STEPHEN FAY & DAVID KYNASTON: ARLOTT V SWANTON£9

E.W. ‘Jim’ Swanton and John Arlott were the two most renowned post-war BBC cricket commentators. One the privately-educated son of middle-class parents, the other the son of a working class council employee; one with a rich plummy voice, the other a rolling Hampshire burr. They never really grew to like each other and represented the two sides of England’s rapidly changing class system. Cricket writer Stephen and social historian David have struck gold in Arlott, Swanton and the Soul of English Cricket.

Sponsored by HW Fisher

Monday October 01 - 04:30 pm
TOWN HALL

LEANDER CLUB: THE FIRST 200 YEARS£9

Henley is rowing and the town’s Leander Club is the world’s most successful sporting club of all time, having won 124 Olympic medals. This year, it celebrates its foundation in 1818 with a wonderfully illustrated and informative book. Club captain, Olympic silver medallist Vicky Thornley joins president Jeremy ‘Rass’ Randall to talk about Leander’s past, present and future with Robert Treharne Jones, Olympic commentator and rowing historian, as chair.

Tuesday October 02 - 02:30 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

ROB ANDREW£12.50

In a brilliant rugby career Rob won 71 caps, three Grand Slams and led Newcastle to the premiership title. He was a central figure in the game’s professional revolution and became Director of Elite Rugby for the RFU. Now he has written Rugby: The Game of My Life. No-one knows the game better – as a double Cambridge blue in rugby and cricket, and now chief executive of Sussex County Cricket Club, he truly is an icon of British sport. He will be in conversation with broadcaster Matthew Stadlen.

Sponsored by Simmons & Sons

Tuesday October 02 - 08:30 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

CHRIS LEWIS: A STAR’S REDEMPTION£10

‘Crazy’ Chris played in 32 Test Matches and 53 One-Day Internationals for England. He was regarded as one of our best all-round cricketers but courted controversy off the field and, after naming England players involved in a match-fixing scandal, he retired aged just 30. In 2008 he was arrested for importing cocaine and sentenced to 13 years in prison. Now he has finally put his life back together and Crazy: My Road to Redemption is his frank, moving and inspiring tale. Chris will be in conversation with the broadcaster Gary Newbon

Sponsored by HW Fisher

Thursday October 04 - 06:30 pm
KENTON THEATRE

LOUISE MINCHIN£10

One of the most familiar television faces, whether on BBC Breakfast, The One Show
or Celebrity Masterchef, Louise’s life took a dramatic turn when she set off on a fun television cycling stunt. Quite amazingly, it led to her representing Great Britain at the World Triathlon Championships in her age group. Hear her speaking to Olympian, Dame Katherine Grainger about how the sport became an obsession and led to her writing
Dare To Tri: My Journey From the BBC Sofa to GB Team Triathlete.

Sponsored by Porsche Centre Reading

Thursday October 04 - 06:30 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 - 02:30 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

KEVIN KEEGAN£12.50

As a player, manager and pundit, Kevin has been a central figure in football for the last 50 years. Starting with Scunthorpe United, he won major honours with Liverpool and Hamburg and was twice European Footballer of the Year. His managerial career saw him lead Newcastle, Fulham, Manchester City and England – and now, in My Life in Football, he tells his story as well as the story of the game in a remarkable period of change.

Sponsored by Hotel du Vin

Friday October 05 - 08:30 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

ADE ADEPITAN: ADE’S AMAZING ADE-VENTURES£6/£10

Adult £10, Child £6

A special family event with the wheelchair basketball icon – whose medal tally includes silver at the Athens 2004 and gold at the inaugural Paralympic World Cup. Now a respected sport and travel presenter for the BBC and Channel 4, Ade comes to Henley with his first children’s book which takes his own childhood experience of moving from Nigeria to London, and the challenges he faced as the starting point for a truly Amazing Ade-venture! A fun and inspiring hour for for all the family.

Saturday October 06 - 05:00 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 - 09:00 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

ALEX GREGORY£12.50

As a two-time Olympic rowing Gold medalist and five-time world champion, Alex knows about sporting life at the top. As a father of three he knows about the challenge of keeping children entertained hence his book Dadventures. In this revelatory family activity guide – containing everything from Two-hour Missions and Overnight Adventures to doing homework up a tree – Alex shows how to make life better for parents and children (and proves that we never really grow up). He will be in conversation with broadcaster Beverley Turner.

Sponsored by Mr Hobbs Gin

Sunday October 07 - 03:00 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

MOEEN ALI£12.50

The story of Moeen’s rise to England cricket star is a fascinating and inspiring one. Son of a cricket-obsessed father, he has won 50 Test caps and in his much-anticipated autobiography Moeen he talks of his pride at representing his country and being a practicing Muslim. He is a cricketer of rare talent as batsman and spin bowler,  is not afraid to speak out for humanitarian causes and is an inspiration to a generation. He is interviewed by former BBC sports editor, Mihir Bose.

Sponsored by The Head Partnership Solicitors

Saturday September 29 - 09/29/2018 07:00 pm
CHRIST CHURCH

LEANDER CLUB: THE FIRST 200 YEARS£9

Henley is rowing and the town’s Leander Club is the world’s most successful sporting club of all time, having won 124 Olympic medals. This year, it celebrates its foundation in 1818 with a wonderfully illustrated and informative book. Club captain, Olympic silver medallist Vicky Thornley joins president Jeremy ‘Rass’ Randall to talk about Leander’s past, present and future with Robert Treharne Jones, Olympic commentator and rowing historian, as chair.

Tuesday October 02 - 10/02/2018 02:30 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

CHRIS LEWIS: A STAR’S REDEMPTION£10

‘Crazy’ Chris played in 32 Test Matches and 53 One-Day Internationals for England. He was regarded as one of our best all-round cricketers but courted controversy off the field and, after naming England players involved in a match-fixing scandal, he retired aged just 30. In 2008 he was arrested for importing cocaine and sentenced to 13 years in prison. Now he has finally put his life back together and Crazy: My Road to Redemption is his frank, moving and inspiring tale. Chris will be in conversation with the broadcaster Gary Newbon

Sponsored by HW Fisher

Thursday October 04 - 10/04/2018 06:30 pm
KENTON THEATRE

ROB ANDREW£12.50

In a brilliant rugby career Rob won 71 caps, three Grand Slams and led Newcastle to the premiership title. He was a central figure in the game’s professional revolution and became Director of Elite Rugby for the RFU. Now he has written Rugby: The Game of My Life. No-one knows the game better – as a double Cambridge blue in rugby and cricket, and now chief executive of Sussex County Cricket Club, he truly is an icon of British sport. He will be in conversation with broadcaster Matthew Stadlen.

Sponsored by Simmons & Sons

Tuesday October 02 - 10/02/2018 08:30 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

LOUISE MINCHIN£10

One of the most familiar television faces, whether on BBC Breakfast, The One Show
or Celebrity Masterchef, Louise’s life took a dramatic turn when she set off on a fun television cycling stunt. Quite amazingly, it led to her representing Great Britain at the World Triathlon Championships in her age group. Hear her speaking to Olympian, Dame Katherine Grainger about how the sport became an obsession and led to her writing
Dare To Tri: My Journey From the BBC Sofa to GB Team Triathlete.

Sponsored by Porsche Centre Reading

Thursday October 04 - 10/04/2018 06:30 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

KEVIN KEEGAN£12.50

As a player, manager and pundit, Kevin has been a central figure in football for the last 50 years. Starting with Scunthorpe United, he won major honours with Liverpool and Hamburg and was twice European Footballer of the Year. His managerial career saw him lead Newcastle, Fulham, Manchester City and England – and now, in My Life in Football, he tells his story as well as the story of the game in a remarkable period of change.

Sponsored by Hotel du Vin

Friday October 05 - 10/05/2018 08:30 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

ADE ADEPITAN: ADE’S AMAZING ADE-VENTURES£6/£10

Adult £10, Child £6

A special family event with the wheelchair basketball icon – whose medal tally includes silver at the Athens 2004 and gold at the inaugural Paralympic World Cup. Now a respected sport and travel presenter for the BBC and Channel 4, Ade comes to Henley with his first children’s book which takes his own childhood experience of moving from Nigeria to London, and the challenges he faced as the starting point for a truly Amazing Ade-venture! A fun and inspiring hour for for all the family.

Saturday October 06 - 10/06/2018 05:00 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

ALEX GREGORY£12.50

As a two-time Olympic rowing Gold medalist and five-time world champion, Alex knows about sporting life at the top. As a father of three he knows about the challenge of keeping children entertained hence his book Dadventures. In this revelatory family activity guide – containing everything from Two-hour Missions and Overnight Adventures to doing homework up a tree – Alex shows how to make life better for parents and children (and proves that we never really grow up). He will be in conversation with broadcaster Beverley Turner.

Sponsored by Mr Hobbs Gin

Sunday October 07 - 10/07/2018 03:00 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

HUGH MATHESON & CHRISTOPHER DODD: COACH SUPREME£10

Olympic medalist Hugh and rowing historian Christopher trace the extraordinary career of coach supreme, Jurgen Grobler. For over 20 years he has been the mastermind behind British rowing’s Olympic success. Their book, More Power tracks Jurgen’s career from its beginning in the German Democratic Republic, where systemic doping was an open secret, to crossing to Britain following the fall of the Berlin Wall. A fascinating story in a fitting setting.

Monday October 01 - 10/01/2018 02:30 pm
THE HIBERNIA

STEPHEN FAY & DAVID KYNASTON: ARLOTT V SWANTON£9

E.W. ‘Jim’ Swanton and John Arlott were the two most renowned post-war BBC cricket commentators. One the privately-educated son of middle-class parents, the other the son of a working class council employee; one with a rich plummy voice, the other a rolling Hampshire burr. They never really grew to like each other and represented the two sides of England’s rapidly changing class system. Cricket writer Stephen and social historian David have struck gold in Arlott, Swanton and the Soul of English Cricket.

Sponsored by HW Fisher

Monday October 01 - 10/01/2018 04:30 pm
TOWN HALL