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One of Britain's leading military figures of the last 40 years, Richard Dannatt tells the story of the British Army since the end of World War II and explains how its role has changed against the backdrop of the country's shifting security and defence policies. From India and Iraq to Northern Ireland and the EU Referendum, Dannatt - former Head of the British Army and a soldier who was never afraid to speak his mind - charts the key conflicts of Britain's transformation from a leading nation with 2 million troops in 1945 to fewer than 82,000 troops in 2015.Read More
Sit down at the Royal Table and tuck into a generous dollop of original research revealing what Queen Victoria ate and how she changed English food forever. Food historian, cook and BBC R4 Kitchen Cabinet presenter Annie Gray offers a fresh perspective on Britain's most iconic monarch, viewing Britain's greedy queen through her right royal stomach.Read More
An astonishing personal journey from hearing to deafness and back again helps Bella Bathurst explore what sound, listening and music mean to us. In 1997, Bella Bathurst began to go deaf. Within a few months, she had lost half her hearing, and the rest was slipping away. She wasn't just missing punchlines, she was missing most of the conversation - and all of the jokes. For the next twelve years deafness shaped her life, until, in 2009, everything changed again. Sound draws on this extraordinary experience, exploring what it is like to lose your hearing and - as Bella eventually did - to get it back, and what that teaches you about listening and silence, music and noise. She investigates the science behind deafness, hearing loss among musicians, soldiers and factory workers, sign language, and what the deaf know about these subjects that the hearing don't. If sight gives us the world, then hearing - or our ability to listen - gives us each other. But, as this engaging and intelligent examination reveals, our relationship with sound is both personal and far, far more complex than we might expect. Bella Bathurst is a writer and photojournalist. Her books include The Lighthouse Stevensons which won the Somerset Maugham Award; The Wreckers, which became a BBC Timewatch documentary and The Bicycle Book, which was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year.Read More
Criminologist Federico Varese draws on a lifetime's research to give us access to some of the world's most secretive societies. Mafias operate across the globe, with hundreds of thousands of members and billions of pounds in revenue. From Hong Kong to New York, these vast organisations spread their tentacles into politics, finance and everyday life. Mixing reportage with case studies, this is the story of mafia as it really is: filled with boredom and drama, death and disaster, ambition and betrayal.Read More
From her greed to her selfishness at the table, her indigestion and her absolute reliance on food as a lifelong companion, Queen Victoria had a huge impact on the way we all eat today. Annie Gray gives us a new perspective on Victoria, viewing her through the one thing more dear to her than almost anything else: her stomach.Read More
Ex-Economist editor Bill Emmott discusses his latest book, The Fate of the West.Read More
EXPLORING SOUND, MUSIC AND LOSS Incredible loss and the slow journey back to equilibrium connects these authors. Bella Bathurst began to go deaf 20 years ago, but in 2009 a revelation occurred leading her to explore our relationship with sound and Sound is the result. Musical prodigy Min Kym had the world at her feet when her rare Stradivarius was stolen. Gone is her tale of how she managed to play music again without her beloved instrument. Chaired by Jane Fowler.Read More
Every day across the globe, sexual orientation and gender identity leads to discrimination, violence, imprisonment, torture or even execution and Amnesty International campaigns so that everyone can enjoy full human rights protections. Today, Festival authors including Siri Hustvedt, Denise Mina and Raja Shehadeh read work from LGBTI writers who have been persecuted for their sexuality.Read More
Brave, intelligent and deeply personal, Where the Line is Drawn shows how the Israeli occupation affects every aspect of Palestinian daily life. Raja Shehadeh, Palestine's premier writer and essayist, winner of the 2008 Orwell Prize and founder of the human rights organisation Al-Haq, asks whether bitter enemies can put aside their differences and find a common cause in the name of peace. Chaired by William Sutcliffe.Read More
Will India ever live up to its potential? So much depends, says the Economist's Adam Roberts in Superfast Primetime Ultimate Nation, on just one man. Narendra Modi, India's current Prime Minister, is driven, full of self-belief, insistent that good times are coming, and massively popular. But he's also let India drift dangerously towards intolerance. And will his reforms ever deliver? Chaired by Phil Harding.Read More
THE WRITER WHO INVENTED J T LEROY In a fascinating exercise in public therapy, US author Laura Albert places herself on the couch to explore the motivations that led her to develop the persona of Jeremiah 'Terminator' Leroy (J T Leroy). Leading the session is acclaimed writer and psychotherapist Susie Orbach, whose book and BBC radio series In Therapy lays bare the therapeutic process as it has never been revealed before.Read More
With the world's population heading for the 10 billion mark, it's clear that our established models for education, health, food supply and energy production are crumbling under the strain. Futurologist Mark Stevenson has traversed the globe in search of those who seek to reboot our structures, while Raoul Martinez believes our notion of what freedom means has to undergo a serious transformation. Hear the authors exchange mind-expanding ideas and arguments.Read More
Major technological changes appear to occur on a monthly basis, so predicting what the future will look like in a couple of years seems like an impossible task. The Economist's executive editor Daniel Franklin is unafraid of a challenge and is here to talk about the technology of 2050. He reveals how scientists, academics and innovators of all types are pondering the shape of things to comeRead More
A much-decorated soldier, General Sir Richard Dannatt is a leading authority on military and defence issues. His distinguished service in Northern Ireland and Kosovo, and his role at the head of the British Army, make him uniquely qualified to tell the fascinating story of how the British Army has shaped, and been shaped by, world events. Today, he introduces Boots on the Ground, his new book examining its history since 1945. Chaired by Sheena McDonald.Read More
For decades we've been told there's something out there. Jim Al-Khalili, host of Radio 4's The Life Scientific and an inaugural winner of the Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication, has been gathering the latest word from within the science community about those little green folks (if that's what they'll look like) and their potential existence. An enthusiastic speaker, Al-Khalili brings us his new book, Aliens.Read More
Come and sit down at the royal table and open the kitchen door to hear about what Victoria ate, and how she changed English food forever. Based on intriguing original research, historian Annie Gray will show the Queen's absolute reliance on food as well as delving below stairs for a proper look at the cooks who played such an important role.Read More
From the author of Alexandria, The Tragedy of the Templers and The Quest for Mary Magdalene, this celebrated historian turns to the story of what really happened to Gerald Durrell's 'My Family and other Animals'. We meet the real-life characters the Durrells encountered in Corfu, hear of Margo's daring return during the war to join the Greek resistance and Larry's perilous escape by sea to Alexandria.Read More

Listen to a clip of Bernie Sanders reading his book, Our Revolution.

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The international bestseller is back, this time with a hilarious Trump teaser poster.

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Bernie Sanders toured the UK from 1-4 June to mark the paperback release of Our Revolution. Here's how the UK reacted.Read More

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