• OCT 23

    The Eye of the Storm Book Signing

    • 23 Oct 2014
    • Tasting House

    Rob Wilson MP for Reading East recently published his second book The Eye of the Storm: The View from the Centre of the Political Scandal. It has received excellent reviews. Join us on Thursday 23rd October to hear Rob speak about what it’s really like for leading politicians to be at the heart of a relentless media onslaught. Rob will be speaking...

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  • OCT 12

    Charles Clarke and Margaret Hodge at the Cheltenham Literature Festival

    • 12 Oct 2014
    • Cheltenham Literature Festival, The Times Forum

    Charles Clarke, author of Too Difficult Box, and Margaret Hodge will be at the Cheltenham Literature Festival. Some problems facing our society continue to defy the efforts of successive governments. It’s no secret that many difficult long-term issues are simply set aside and disappear from the short-term political agenda. Two of the UK’s most experienced...

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  • OCT 08

    Peter Day at the Cheltenham Literature Festival

    • 8 Oct 2014
    • Cheltenham Literature Festival, The Town Hall

    Peter Day, author of Franco’s Friends, will be at the Cheltenham Literature Festival to discuss Spanish Civil War: Divided Britain. Recent reports of British nationals leaving these shores for a foreign civil conflict carry echoes of the past. Richard Baxell (Unlikely Warriors), Peter Day (Franco’s Friends) and Mary S Lovell (The Mitford Girls) discuss...

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  • OCT 04

    Mike Read at the Henley Literary Festival

    • 4 Oct 2014
    • Henley Literary Festival, Town Hall

    Mike Read broadcasting legend and author of Seize the Day, will be at the Henley Literary Festival. Almost 40 years after beginning his broadcasting career at Reading’s 210, things have come full circle for Mike who now hosts the afternoon show on BBC Berkshire and is a familiar face around Henley. In Seize the Day he writes with candour and humour...

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  • OCT 04

    Gyles Brandreth at the Ilkley Literature Festival

    • 4 Oct 2014
    • Ilkley Literature Festival, Kings Hall

    Gyles Brandreth will be at the Ilkley Literature Festival to talk about his book Breaking the Code. They say all political careers end in tears – in Gyles Brandreth’s case it’s tears of laughter as the author and broadcaster, One Show reporter, Just A Minute regular, former MP and government whip, opens up his Westminster diary to take us on a no-holds...

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  • SEP 30

    Michael Smith at the Henley Literary Festival

    • 30 Sep 2014
    • Henley Literary Festival, Town Hall

    Michael Smith will be at the Henley Literary Festival to talk about The Secret Agent’s Bedside Reader. A Festival favourite returns. The former intelligence officer and leading authority on the history of Britain’s spies has collected a series of thrilling and absorbing stories by some of the greatest spies and spy writers. From Ian Fleming, MI6 traitor...

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  • SEP 29

    Vicky Pryce in conversation with BBC TV presenter Simon Hall

    • 29 Sep 2014
    • Appledore Book Festival, St Mary's Church

    Prisonomics – Behind Bars in Britain’s Failing Prisons In March 2013, economist Vicky Pryce was sentenced to eight months in prison for accepting her ex-husband, former MP Chris Huhne’s penalty points on her driving licence some ten years earlier. After a very public trial, she was sent first to Holloway and then to East Sutton Park prison near Maidstone...

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  • SEP 27

    Dick Taverne at the Soho Literary Festival

    • 27 Sep 2014
    • Soho Theatre, Soho

    Tony Benn: Loony or Lion? Chris Mullin and Dick Taverne, chaired by Michael White. Harold Wilson said of Tony Benn, the most controversial politician of the post-war era: ‘He immatured with age.’ No-one could have done more damage to the Labour party, he loved so much. And yet, his courage and honesty won him many fans from both sides of the house....

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  • SEP 16

    Pam Warren talks about From Behind the Mask

    • 16 Sep 2014
    • Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival

    The harrowing image of Pam Warren’s charred and swollen face encased in a plastic mask became the grim incarnation of the tragedy that was the Paddington Rail Crash of 1999. Almost 15 years later, “the lady in the mask” tells her inspirational and heart-rending story. Pam tells how the crash impacted her life, how it affected the relationships with those...

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  • SEP 15

    The Too Difficult Box: The Big Issues Politicians Can't Crack with Charles Clarke

    • 15 Sep 2014
    • The Ideas Space

    Charles Clarke, author of Too Difficult Box, will be at Policy Exchange to discuss his book, a collection of essays that shed light on the difficult situations that politicians try to avoid. Some problems facing our society continue to defy the efforts of successive governments. It’s no secret that many difficult long-term issues are simply set aside...

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