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Sir Rodric Braithwaite brings to life the tale of nuclear escalation between the great powers after 1945. It is, he suggests, a story with few villains. Instead politicians, scientists and military men were driven by a toxic combination of duty and paranoia, a situation which still offers lessons today. The speaker was British Ambassador in Moscow. He is author of the bestselling Afgantsy. Sponsored by XtraStep Ltd.Read More
Engaging, humane, sharp, funny and unforgettable, Alan Bennett opens this year's Festival with Keeping On Keeping On, his inimitable record of life from his peerless 2005 to 2015 diaries. In the footsteps of the phenomenally successful Writing Home and Untold Stories, this is a decade that saw four premieres at the National Theatre and films of The History Boys and The Lady in the Van, read aloud as only Bennett can.Read More
Is teleportation really possible? Will bionics make us into superheroes? Every day, scientists come up with ingenious solutions and surprising discoveries that define our future. Jim Al-Khalili, author, broadcaster, Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Surrey and host of BBC Radio 4's The Life Scientific, bins the crystal ball and uses cutting-edge science to get a glimpse of what's in store for the human race.Read More
As tensions grow between nuclear powers, there are few people with greater insight into the threat of potential conflict than Sir Rodric Braithwaite, former British Ambassador in Moscow during the fall of the Soviet Union. He joins us for a thought-provoking discussion exploring nuclear confrontation from Hiroshima to the present day, scrutinising the perilous history of weapons with the power to destroy humanity.Read More
Professor David Crystal makes a welcome return to the festival to champion the cause of English grammar. A leading expert in the field of language, David works as a writer, editor, lecturer and broadcaster, and has had over 100 books published. His new book, Making Sense, is the glamorous story of English grammar. How can this be? Come and see how grammar can be made to come alive and become intriguing and relevant to everyone, including young children. The Times described David's depiction of child development as 'only one of the attractions of this engaging account of the history and structure of language.'Read More
'Managing Uncertainty' is aimed at business leaders and managers who are looking for new ideas and approaches that will help them to succeed in the highly uncertain times we live in today.Read More
Harry Parker lost both his legs after stepping on an improvised explosive device while serving as a British Army Captain in Afghanistan in 2009. Since then, he has married, become a father, earned a master's degree and written an acclaimed novel. He is joined by Imperial College London's military medical historian Dr Emily Mayhew, who specialises in the study of severe casualty. Their compelling stories of conflict, survival, treatment and long term recovery illuminate just how far we have come in saving, healing and restoring the human body.Read More

Who Really Runs Russia?

Date: 13 Oct 2017

Is Vladimir Putin still an unassailable force in Russian politics? As Russia heads to the polls in 2018, what can these elections tell us about where Russia is going, Russian foreign policy and future relations with the West? Alicky Denton, an expert on Russian business, Richard Connolly, economics specialist at Chatham House and Andrew Monaghan from Oxford University discuss politics and power inside Russia with Rodric Braithwaite, former British Ambassador to Moscow and author of Armageddon and Paranoia.Read More
Want to know what's in store for the human race? Theoretical physicist Jim Al-Khalili OBE beams down to BookFest to take on all the big questions. Every day scientists come up with ingenious solutions to problems that will define our future. Jim tackles everything from whether teleportation is really possible (spoiler: it is), to what we'll do if artificial intelligence finally takes over. Touching on everything from genetics to transport, and nanotechnology to bionics, this is a fascinating, fun and informative insight into what science can tell us about our future.Read More
Professor Jim Al-Khalili, host of BBC Radio 4's The Life Scientific, introduces his new collection of cutting edge science writing. Touching on everything from genetics to transport, and nanotechnology to teleportation, What's Next? is a fascinating, fun and informative look at what's in store for the human race.Read More
Want to know what's next for the human race? Step into Jim Al-Khalili's time machine Thought the science of the future was all hoverboards and space travel? Think again. Every day, scientists come up with the ingenious solutions and surprising discoveries that will define our future. So here, Jim Al-Khalili and his crack team of experts bin the crystal ball and use cutting-edge science to get a glimpse of what's in store. From whether teleportation is really possible (spoiler: it is), to what we'll do if artificial intelligence takes over, What's Next? takes on the big questions. And along the way, it'll answer questions like Will we find a cure to all diseases? An answer to climate change? Will bionics make us into superheroes? Touching on everything from genetics to transport, and nanotechnology to teleportation, What's Next? is a fascinating, fun and informative look at what's in store for the human race.Read More
Can playing shoot-em-ups make you tougher? Can paracetamol help with humiliation as well as headaches? Join Dr Emma Byrne, author of Swearing is Good For You, to relive some of the inventively painful experiments that have unlocked the relationship between emotion and pain. Audience participation is only for the brave!Read More
The Jewish joke is as old as Abraham, and like the Jews themselves it has wandered over the world, learned countless new languages, worked with a range of different materials, been performed in front of some pretty hostile crowds, but still retained its own distinctive identity. So what is it that animates the Jewish joke? Why are Jews so often thought of as 'funny'? And how old can a joke get? The Jewish Joke is a brilliant - and very funny - riff on Jewish jokes, about what marks them apart from other jokes, why they are important to Jewish identity and how they work. Ranging from self-deprecation to anti-Semitism, politics to sex, it looks at the past of Jewish joking and asks whether the Jewish joke has a future. With jokes from Woody Allen, Lena Dunham and Jerry Seinfeld, as well as Freud and Marx (Groucho mostly), this is both a compendium and a commentary, light-hearted and deeply insightful.Read More
Worldwide, increasingly large numbers of people are seeing therapists on a regular basis. In the UK alone, 1.5 million people are in therapy. We go to address past traumas, to break patterns of behaviour, to confront eating disorders or addiction, to talk about relationships, or simply because we want to find out more about what makes us tick. Susie Orbach, the bestselling author of 'Fat is a Feminist Issue' and 'Bodies', has been a psychotherapist for over forty years. Insightful and honest about a process often necessarily shrouded in secrecy, she explores what goes on in the process of therapy - what she thinks, feels and believes about the people who seek her help.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
The Jewish joke is as old as Abraham, and like the Jews themselves it has wandered over the world, learned countless new languages, worked with a range of different materials, been performed in front of some pretty hostile crowds, but still retained its own distinctive identity. So what is it that animates the Jewish joke? Why are Jews so often thought of as 'funny'? And how old can a joke get? Join Devorah Baum, author of The Jewish Joke and writer and comedian David Baddiel who will be dissecting the Jewish joke, with examples. Ticket includes a copy of the book.Read More

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