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The human body was the medieval world's most contested territory, seen in a variety of ways: dripping with blood and gold; tortured, yet revered; a gateway to the Divine. Art Historian and lecturer at the University of East Anglia, Jack Hartnell uncovers the fascinating ways in which the men and women of the Middle Ages thought about, explored and experienced their physical selves. Saints, soldiers, kings, queens, caliphs, knights, monks and monstrous beasts, Hartnell's unusual history unfolds like a medieval pageant, giving us a unique insight into life in the Middle Ages. Sponsored by Westholme PublishingRead More
Oliver Bullough's shocking foray into the universe of the lawless, stateless super-rich stirs outrage. Here third-world kleptocrats rub shoulders with terror financiers, captains of industry and western heads of state. It's where the institutions of the US and Europe have become money-laundering operations, climbing over one another in a scramble to sell off the very foundations of their own stability. The genie of unlimited power plus zero responsibility has been unleashed throughout the world. Bullough investigates the phenomenon and describes how activists are struggling to force that genie back into its bottle.Read More
The investigative journalist and author of The Last Man in Russia and Let Our Fame be Great, Oliver Bullough, takes us on a journey into the universe of the lawless, stateless superrich, where third-world kleptocrats rub shoulders with terror financiers, captains of industry and western heads of state. From the ruins of Kiev to the Bond-villain lairs of Knightsbridge and Central Park, something has gone wrong with the system of the world. Learn how the institutions of the United States and Europe have become money-laundering operations, climbing over one another in a scramble to sell off the foundations of their own stability. Discover the true cost of being open for business, no matter the customer. Meet the dictators. Meet their awful children. And find out how activists around the world are fighting to put the genie of unlimited power plus zero responsibility back in its bottle. Oliver Bullough pieces together some of the biggest news stories of the past years, from the Panama and Paradise Papers to Ukraine, Trump, and runaway inequality, into a single coherent diagnosis. Take a walk on the walk on the dark side of globalisation and the all-pervasive organised crime that reaches from Russia to the banks and parliaments of the world, and to every personal computer networked to the web.Read More

Peter Hart at Wells Festival

Date: 24 Oct 2018

By August 1918 the outcome of the Great War was not in doubt. But the fear was that the Germans might hold on into 1919 with the loss of thousands more young lives. Peter Hart brings to life those dramatic final weeks, as men fought to secure victory, with survival seemingly only days, or hours away. Peter Hart is oral historian at the Imperial War Museum, and author of the critically acclaimed?Gallipoli?and?The Great War. In this centenary year of the Armistice he brings us the voices of those who fought that 'last battle' and achieved an end to the war.Read More
A candid memoir by the son of Jonathan Miller about growing up amidst some of the most brilliant intellectuals of a generation... In the 60s, 70s and 80s the Miller family's doors were always open for their well-known, idealistic and intellectual friends. Their guests included Alan Bennett, the Mellys, Oliver Sachs, Nigella Lawson, Martin Amis: extraordinary people in extraordinary times. William Miller has captured the ups and downs of his childhood as well as chronicling a range of funny and sometimes heart-breaking events as he struggled to find his own identity in a house filled with so many others - some of the most challenging minds of our timesRead More
We all want to hear 'yes'. 'Yes' connects us to the world, and carries us into the future. So why do we find it so hard to get others to agree? And how can we improve our chances? 'The Little Book of Yes' contains 21 short essays that outline a range of effective persuasion strategies, each proven to increase the chances that someone will agree to your request. That someone could be a friend, a colleague, a partner, a lover, a manager, a sibling, a parent, even a stranger. The timeless principles and practical lessons in this collection can be used to tackle a variety of everyday challenges, from repairing a soured relationship to negotiating a higher fee for your work, from convincing a dithering friend to take action, to building your social network and personal brand. Full of wisdom from the leaders in influence, with carefully curated advice, this little book is essential reading for any freelancer, manager, entrepreneur, parent or person who wants more from their world. Helen is a Behavioural Science Executive and Researcher at INFLUENCE AT WORK in the UK. She has co-curated 'The Little Book of Yes' with Lauren Gordon.Read More
Dr Emma Byrne is a scientist, journalist, and public speaker. Her BBC Radio 4 'Four Thought' episode was selected as one of the 'Best of 2013' by the programme's editors. She has been selected as a British Science Association Media Fellow and for the BBC Expert Women Training, and is published in CIO, Forbes, the Financial Times and e-Health Insider. 'Swearing is Good For You' is her first book. 'Swearing Is Good For You' is a spirited and hilarious defence of our most cherished dirty words, backed by historical case studies and cutting-edge research. From chimpanzees creating their own curse words to a man who lost half his brain in a mining accident experiencing a new-found compulsion to swear, Dr Emma Byrne outlines the fascinating science behind swearing: how it affects us both physically and emotionally, and how it is more natural and beneficial than we are led to believe.Read More
By August 1918, the outcome of the Great War was not in doubt: the Allies would win. But what was unclear was how this defeat would play out - would the Germans hold on, prolonging the fighting deep into 1919, with the loss of hundreds of thousands more young lives, or could the war be won in 1918? In The Last Battle, Peter Hart, author of Gallipoli and The Great War, and oral historian at the Imperial War Museum, brings to life the dramatic final weeks of the war, as men fought to secure victory, with survival seemingly only days, or hours away. Drawing on the experience of both generals and ordinary soldiers, and dwelling with equal weight on strategy, tactics and individual experience, this is a powerful and detailed account of history's greatest endgame.Read More
Mary Shelley was brought up by her father in a house filled with radical thinkers, poets, philosophers and writers of the day. Astonishingly, it was while she was still a teenager that Mary composed her canonical novel Frankenstein, creating two of our most enduring archetypes. The life story is well known. But who was the woman who lived it? She's left plenty of evidence, and in this fascinating dialogue with the past, Fiona Sampson sifts through letters, diaries and records to find the real woman behind the story. Fiona Sampson is a prize-winning poet and writer. She has been published in more than thirty languages and received an MBE for services to literature. Fiona will be in conversation with Peter Florence CBE, Director of Hay Festival. This is a joint fundraiser for The Courtyard Trust and Breast Cancer Haven. There will be an opportunity to meet Fiona and have books signed during the evening.Read More
From ruined towns on the edge of Siberia, to Bond-villain lairs in Knightsbridge and Manhattan, something has gone wrong with the workings of the world. Join the investigative journalist Oliver Bullough on a journey into Moneyland - the secret country of the lawless, stateless superrich. Learn how the institutions of Europe and the United States have become money-laundering operations, undermining the foundations of Western stability. Discover the true cost of being open for business no matter how corrupt and dangerous the customer. And find out how heroic activists around the world are fighting back. This is the story of wealth and power in the 21st century. It isn't too late to change it.Read More
Moneyland is the secret country of the rich and unscrupulous, where they hide their wealth and prevent the rest of us from seeing it. Over the past 50 years, it has become the third largest economy in the world, and is annexing more every day. Investigative journalist Oliver Bullough explains how the City of London created this phenomenon, what damage it's doing to the world, and what we can all do about it.Read More

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