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An alternative look at Roman history in the form of a self-help book. After his acclaimed How to Manage your Slaves, Marcus Sidonius Falx returns with a guide to self-fulfilment the Roman way. This spoof self-help book will enhance the value of your life, boost its rewards and enrich its pleasures, with practical advice on how to raise your prospects, choose your career and make a fortune. Marcus Sidonius Falx is a Roman of noble birth. After serving with distinction in the legions, he retired to manage his substantial country estates. He now divides his time between his properties in Campania and the province of Africa and his luxury villa on the Esquiline hill overlooking Rome. Marcus Sidonius Falx is the pen name for Dr Jerry Toner, Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics, Churchill College, Cambridge University. Read the review in The Times This event is part of Essex Book Festival's Place Weekend in Colchester on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 March.Read More
Over 8 million people in the UK suffer from anxiety disorders, with women and the under 35s most affected. It's widely acknowledged that we are in the midst of an anxiety epidemic and women, their loved ones, and the NHS are all struggling to cope. Join us in our quest to understand more as we team up with The Pool to host an evening exploring anxiety and women. Featuring: Gemma Cairney is a multi-award winning broadcaster, writer, producer and general polymath. She currently presents The Surgery on BBC Radio 1, which focuses on tackling the everyday issues of young people and creating positive social action. Gemma is known for her irreverent approach, insatiable appetite for telling stories and sparkling imagination. Susie Orbach is the founder of the Women's Therapy Centre of London; a former columnist for The Guardian; a visiting professor at the London School of Economics; and the author of Fat is a Feminist Issue, which has sold over a million copies. She is probably the most famous psychotherapist to have set up couch in Britain since Sigmund Freud. Estée Lalonde is one of the stand-out voices of the digital generation. A beauty and lifestyle blogger and social influencer, she has attracted a global audience of millions across her YouTube and social media platforms and is known for her friendly, honest and relatable personality. Her debut book Bloom is about discovering who you are and how you interpret that through the lifestyle choices you make. The Pooli s a platform for women who are too busy to browse. It produces interesting and inspiring original content on everything from people and politics to fashion and lifestyle. Co-founded by Lauren Laverne and Sam Baker in 2015, it has an enthusiastic and loyal following.Read More
In his book Boots on the Ground General the Lord Richard Dannatt tells the story of the last 70 years of the British Army. He will be in conversation with David Pratt, Contributing Foreign Editor of the Herald. This event is sponsored by Turcan Connell.Read More

Matthew Parris at Aye Write

Date: 10 Mar 2017

There's no pleasure like a perfectly-turned put-down (when it's directed at somebody else, of course) and Matthew Parris's Scorn is a selection of the funniest, sharpest, rudest and most devastating insults in history, from ancient Roman graffiti to the battlefields of Twitter. Drawing on bile from such masters as Dorothy Parker, Elizabeth I, Donald Trump, Groucho Marx, Winston Churchill, Mae West and Alastair Campbell, Scorn includes everything from the perfect elegant riposte to a brutal verbal sledgehammer. A few examples: 'Authors are easy to get on with - if you're fond of children.' Michael Joseph 'I married beneath me - all women do.' Nancy Asquith 'Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.' Albert EinsteinRead More

Mark Stevenson at Aye Write

Date: 11 Mar 2017

Our systems are failing. Old models - for education, healthcare and government, food production, energy supply - are creaking under the weight of modern challenges. In We Do Things Differently, futurologist Mark Stevenson travels the world to find the visionary individuals who are re-imagining our future. At each stop, he meets innovators who have already succeeded in challenging the status quo, pioneering new ways to make our world more sustainable, equitable and humane. Populated by extraordinary characters, the book paints an enthralling picture of what can be done to address the world's most pressing dilemmas, offering a much needed dose of down-to-earth optimism. It is a window on (and a roadmap to) a different and better future.Read More
Having been elected as an MP at 39 years old Chris Mullin served in three governmental departments and chaired the Home Affairs Select Committee between 1987-2010. He plunders his diaries of the period to offer an insider's view of the Blair years and the rise and fall of New Labour.Read More

Aarathi Prasad at Aye Write

Date: 18 Mar 2017

The NHS is the closest thing the UK has to a national religion. Before it existed, children died of whooping cough and the average person lived less than 50 years. Now childhood deaths are rare and we expect to live almost twice as long. Margaret McCartney argues that short-term political policies have caused lasting damage to the NHS and that we need a new realisation of its founding principles. In the Bonesetter's Waiting Room by Aarathi Prasad tells the story of the Indian people, in sickness and in health and investigates how Indian medicine came to be the way it is. Her travels take her from bonesetter clinics in Jaipur to the waiting-rooms of Bollywood's best plastic surgeons, and introduce her to traditional healers as well as the world-beating heart surgeon who is revolutionising treatment of the poor around the globe.Read More
Our systems are failing. Old models - for education, healthcare, government, food production, energy supply - are creaking under the weight of modern challenges. As the world's population heads towards 10 billion, it is clear we need new approaches. From Brazilian favelas and rural India to one of the toughest housing estates in Britain, acclaimed writer and futurist Mark Stevenson set out to find remarkable innovators who are pioneering new ways to make our world more sustainable and democratise access to resources and knowledge. He explains how patients are helping each other find the best treatments by using the medical equivalent of a dating website; how rural farmers are exceeding the yields of the Green Revolution with techniques inspired by a Jesuit priest; how a community has made itself completely independent from the big energy suppliers by turning bark that used to just rot on the forest floor into electricity; and how urban farming and a community-run food system has turned a city on the brink of collapse into a food capital. He paints an enthralling picture of what can be done to address the world's most pressing dilemmas and offers a much-needed dose of down-to-earth optimism.Read More
Bill Emmott on The Fate of the West at Stratford-Upon-Avon FestivalRead More
Andrew Martin on Night Trains at Campden LitFsetRead More

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