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Sarah Perry's The Essex Serpent is "one of the most memorable historic novels of the past decade" (The Sunday Times) and Waterstones Book of the Year 2016. Set in the 19th century, it follows the story of an enterprising recent widow who hopes to make her mark as a fossil hunter in the manner of her heroine, the pioneer female scientist Mary Anning. Instead, she is sidetracked by rumours of a mythological Essex serpent, by a passionate relationship with a married local vicar and a doomed romance with an early heart surgeon. Chaired by Lucy Atkins, critic and award-winning author whose new novel is The Night Visitor. Supported by City Books
Five renowned speakers, no script, and 15 minutes each to blow your mind. Featuring feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez on the gender data gap, astrobiologist Lewis Dartnell on aliens and space exploration, journalist and comedian Steve Richards on the rise of anti-establishment feeling, writer and documentary maker Polly Morland on personal metamorphosis, and David Bellos on Les Misérables - the revolutionary novel of the 19th century. This is an event you won't want to miss.
The poignant story of Boabdil, the last Muslim king of Granada. Betrayed by his family and undermined by faction and internal conflict, Boabdil was defeated in 1492 by the forces of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of the newly united kingdoms of Castile and Aragon. The Christian victory marked the completion of the long Christian reconquest of Spain and ended seven centuries in which Christians, Muslims and Jews had, for the most part, lived peacefully and profitably together in La Convivencia.

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