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Hosted by Jeremy Lewis. Alexander Chancellor presenting a slideshow of Oldie cartoons The Oldie is particularly well known for the high quality of its cartoons. The magazine's editor will present some of the best from the last (and first!) 24 years. A must for those in need of a chortle. Richard Mabey on The Cabaret of Plants: Botany and the Imagination As author of the bestselling Flora Britannica and thirty other books, Norfolk's own Mabey is one of Britain's greatest nature writers. His latest book offers an elegant and original examination of our relationship with plants, from mediaeval times to now. D J Taylor on The Prose Factory Critic, novelist and biographer Taylor examines the past century of literary history in his new book. From the battles of modernist and traditionalist to the post-war 'New Man' and the media don; every movement and personality plays its part.Read More
Two years ago, authors at the Book Festival took part in a major study into the multiple inner voices that make up human consciousness. Now, the leader of that project, psychologist Charles Fernyhough, has completed a major book on the subject, which he discusses with Richard Holloway. The Voices Within weaves human anecdotes with research to demonstrate how inner voices have a far more important role in consciousness than science has previously acknowledged.Read More
A political veteran whose diaries were compared favourably to those of Alan Clark and Tony Benn, Chris Mullin had an equally formidable life (Vietnam war reporter, tireless campaigner for the Birmingham Six's release and author of bestselling novel A Very British Coup) before entering the Westminster fold. In a revealing new memoir, Hinterland, he reflects on those early years as well as his time serving under Tony Blair. He talks to Sheena McDonald.Read More
Chris Mullin at Ilkley Literature Festival - further details TBCRead More
Author, journalist and former minister, Chris Mullin discusses his recently published memoirs, 'Hinterland'.Read More
Chris Mullin at Durham Literature Festival - details tbcRead More
Chris Mullin at Birmingham Literature Festival - details tbcRead More
Chris Mullin at Chester Literary Festival - details tbcRead More
Author, journalist and politician Chris Mullin reflects on a life that has seen him successfully campaign to free innocent people convicted of the Birmingham bombings, write three novels including the classic A Very British Coup, and serve as a minister in three departments during the Blair years. Mullin's widely acclaimed three volumes of diaries are regarded as one of the best accounts of the rise and fall of New Labour under Blair and Brown. He has now written his memoir, Hinterland. Mullin trained as a journalist on the Daily Mirror and went on to work on the Granada World in Action current affairs programme, where his investigative work was key in exposing the miscarriage of justice around the Birmingham Six, and as editor of the left-wing magazine Tribune. His first novel, A Very British Coup, published in 1982 and portraying the destabilising of a left wing government by the establishment, was turned into a Bafta and Emmy-winning television drama. Mullin was MP for Sunderland South between 1987 and 2010 and held a number of high-profile roles including as a minister in departments for the environment, transport and the regions, for international development and in the Foreign Office. He was also chairman of the home affairs select committee. He is currently chairman of the Heritage Lottery Fund North East and was a judge of the 2011 Booker Prize. Here he talks to writer and journalist Paul Blezard.Read More
John Wright in conversation at the Isle of Wight Literary Festival. Details TBC.Read More

Chris Mullin at Shire Hall

Date: 17 Oct 2016

Chris Mullin - an author, journalist and former MP, a minister in three departments and chairman of the Home Affairs select committee - will talk about his memoirs, Hinterland. All serious politicians are supposed to possess a hinterland, but not all do. Chris Mullin was one who did. By the time he entered parliament he had reported from the wars in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and tracked down the survivors of the CIA operation in Tibet. He was the author of three novels, including the classic A Very British Coup. His successful campaign to free the innocent people convicted of the Birmingham bombings was described as 'one of the greatest feats ever achieved by an investigative reporter'. Elected to parliament, aged 39, he quickly established himself as a fearless inquisitor before going on to become a minister in three departments. His three volumes of diaries have been widely acclaimed as the best account of the Blair years and the rise and fall New Labour. He left parliament in 2010 ('better to go while people are still asking why rather than when'). These are his memoirs. His books include three highly acclaimed volumes of diaries, "A View from the Foothills", "Decline and Fall" and "A Walk-On Part"; also the novel "A Very British Coup" which was made into an award-winning television series. He is an accomplished public speaker.Read More
Chris Mullin - author, journalist and former MP, will talk about his memoirs, Hinterland.Read More

Chris Mullin at Brendan Books

Date: 20 Oct 2016

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