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19-22 October | Crown Hotel | Harrogate | home of literature

Tying in with our over-arching theme of ‘Generations’, this line-up is designed to celebrate literature and ideas passed down, honoured or reinvented through the ages.

 

THURSDAY, 19 OCTOBER 2017

 3pm
Victoria Hislop – Cartes Postales from Greece

Victoria’s love affair with Greece has inspired yet another Sunday Times Bestseller. This illustrated work of fiction takes readers on a journey around Greece.

Sounds great, yes please

 6:30pm
Cathy Rentzenbrink in conversation with Gail Honeyman

Two stories written with boundless warmth and compassion. Cathy will be talking about coping with loss, while Gail considers how change must be better than ‘just fine’.

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 8pm
Peter Snow and Ann MacMillan – War Stories

A fascinating story of 34 ordinary people swept up in the turbulence of war. War Stories moves effortlessly from tales of spies, escapes and innovation to uplifting acts of humanity.

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FRIDAY 20 OCTOBER

 10:30am
Tom Fort – The Village News – The Truth Behind England’s Idyll

Journey the length and breadth of England and discover the essence of village life with historian and travel writer Tom Fort.

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 12pm
Joanna Cannon – The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

Part mystery, part coming of age as best friends Grace and Tilly take the disappearance of Mrs Creasy into their own hands.

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2pm
Marina Benjamin in conversation with Miranda Sawyer – Hope and Heart

In a society obsessed with living longer and looking younger, what does middle age mean? In conversation with Miranda Sawyer, who gives her modern take on the issue of the midlife crisis.

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3:30pm
Denise Welch – If They Could See Me Now

As women, we make sacrifices for our children, for our husbands and for our families. There comes a point when it’s time to follow our own hearts. This is the story of what happens when we do.

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5pm
Sophie Kinsella – My Not So Perfect Life

A story of shattered hopes, a not so perfect life, revenge and forgiveness. Described as mood altering and hilarious, Kinsella’s latest book ‘My Not so Perfect Life’ looks set to be another big seller.

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6:30pm
Martin Sixsmith – Ayesha’s Gift

Ayesha’s quest to find her father’s killers takes her to Pakistan, where she is met with threats, violence and smiling perjurers. Martin once again brings us rich and thought-provoking content.

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SATURDAY 21 OCTOBER

10:30am
Keith Stuart in conversation with Jem Lester – Autism

Two fathers, two autistic sons and two heart-warming stories of family, love, forgiveness and finding a light in the darkest days. Two authors drawing on very personal life experiences.

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12pm
Julian Glover in conversation with Erica Wagner

The enthralling biography of Thomas Telford who invented the modern road alongside the personal story of Washington Roebling who constructed the Brooklyn Bridge.

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 3:30pm
Ann Widdecombe – Strictly Ann

Forthright, intrepid and engaging, Ann Widdecombe talks of her life as an author, Strictly contestant, stage performer, TV personality and columnist.

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 5pm
Jenni Murray – A History of Britain in 21 Women

From Boadicea to Thatcher, Murray celebrates the defiant spirit of Britain’s ground breaking heroines and discusses how these women’s lives will hopefully inspire a new generation.

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 6:30pm
Gin Tasting with Ian Buxton – 101 Gins to Try Before you Die

Join Ian for everything you ever needed to know about different gins. In his inimitable style, he gives flavour notes and recommendations on pairings from tonics to citrus and fruit.

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SUNDAY 22 OCTOBER

10:30am
Douglas Murray in conversation with Mick Hume

Two visions of Europe which paint a picture of a continent in crisis and offer a choice as to what, if anything, we can do next. Joined by Mick Hume who argues for a forthright defence of democracy.

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 12pm
Angus Roxburgh – Moscow Calling – Memoirs of a Foreign Correspondent

In the course of the past 45 years, Angus Roxburgh has translated Tolstoy, met four successive Russian presidents and been jinxed by a Siberian shaman. In Moscow Calling Roxburgh presents his Russia – not the Russia of news reports, but a quirky, crazy, exasperating, beautiful, tumultuous world that in forty years has changed completely, and yet not at all.

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 2pm
Jonathan Aitken – Prison Life, Laughter and Rehabilitation

Author, broadcaster, columnist, lecturer and campaigner for prison reform. He is a former Cabinet Minister and more surprisingly, an ex-prisoner. His anecdotes on life inside are sure to amaze.

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 3:30pm
Amanda Owen – A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess

Join Amanda for stories which abound with humour and warmth and bring the countryside alive.

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 5pm
Take Three Actors

Mark Charnock in literary conversation with George Costigan and Hugh Fraser. A chance to meet, listen, discuss, chat and ask questions of these well-loved and charismatic actors.

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 6:30pm
Steve Richards – The Rise of the Outsiders

Celebrated political commentator Steve Richards provides a clear and penetrating analysis of the biggest political story of the past fifty years.

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For more information see www.harrogateinternationalfestivals.com