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Sarah Perry's The Essex Serpent is "one of the most memorable historic novels of the past decade" (The Sunday Times) and Waterstones Book of the Year 2016. Set in the 19th century, it follows the story of an enterprising recent widow who hopes to make her mark as a fossil hunter in the manner of her heroine, the pioneer female scientist Mary Anning. Instead, she is sidetracked by rumours of a mythological Essex serpent, by a passionate relationship with a married local vicar and a doomed romance with an early heart surgeon. Chaired by Lucy Atkins, critic and award-winning author whose new novel is The Night Visitor. Supported by City BooksRead More
Five renowned speakers, no script, and 15 minutes each to blow your mind. Featuring feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez on the gender data gap, astrobiologist Lewis Dartnell on aliens and space exploration, journalist and comedian Steve Richards on the rise of anti-establishment feeling, writer and documentary maker Polly Morland on personal metamorphosis, and David Bellos on Les Misérables - the revolutionary novel of the 19th century. This is an event you won't want to miss.Read More
The poignant story of Boabdil, the last Muslim king of Granada. Betrayed by his family and undermined by faction and internal conflict, Boabdil was defeated in 1492 by the forces of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of the newly united kingdoms of Castile and Aragon. The Christian victory marked the completion of the long Christian reconquest of Spain and ended seven centuries in which Christians, Muslims and Jews had, for the most part, lived peacefully and profitably together in La Convivencia.Read More
The Victorians' private compartments, rugs and foot warmers may have made way for air-conditioned carriages with airline-type seating, but parts of Britain's railway system remain the oldest in the world. Referring to his lauded book, The Railways, Simon reveals a tale of technological achievement, of shifting social classes, of safety and crime, of tourism and the changing world of work - showing us that to travel through Britain by train is to journey through time.Read More
Dr Emily Mayhew discusses her new book A Heavy Reckoning with British Army Photographer, Rupert Frere, Dr George Hay of the National Archives, and Peter Johnston of the National Army Museum. A Heavy Reckoning explores the modern reality of medicine and injury in wartime, from the trenches of the First World War to the dusty plains of Afghanistan and the rehabilitation wards of Headley Court in Surrey. There will be a book sale and signing after the discussion. Refreshments will be available to purchase.Read More
Join us for an inside account of Sanders' extraordinary campaign - and a blueprint for future political action. Bernie Sanders stormed to international headlines after running an extraordinary campaign for the Democratic primaries that saw over 13 million people turn out to vote for him, and thereby changed the global discussion surrounding US politics. But how did a relative unknown and a democratic socialist make such waves? Sanders provides a unique insight into the campaign that galvanised a movement, sharing experiences and the ideas and strategies that shaped it. Drawing on decades of experience as an activist and public servant, Sanders outlines his ideas for continuing this revolution, arguing for a progressive economic, environmental, racial and social justice agenda that creates jobs, raises wages and protects the planet. Senator Sanders will be taking pre-submitted questions only, please send your question to sandersevent@brightonfestival.org This event will be BSL interpreted by Mark Schofield. We have reserved specific seats that offer clear views of both the stage and interpreter - please let us know if you require this when booking.Read More
In 1997, Bella Bathurst began to go deaf. Within a few months, she had lost half her hearing, and the rest was slipping away. For the next 12 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. What does that teach 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. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.Read More
The Language Prof's Hay lectures are legendary feats of erudition and humour. His latest book is Making Sense: The Glamorous Story of English Grammar.Read More
The US Senator has galvanized a new politics in America, and inspired a new generation. He joins us to launch the paperback of his best-selling book Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In. Come and hear him speak. Just in time. Chaired by Helena Kennedy, Principal of Mansfield College.Read More
Bernie Sanders stormed to international headlines after running an extraordinary campaign for the Democratic primaries that saw over 13 million people turn out to vote for him, and changed the global discussion surrounding US politics. But how did a complete unknown and a democratic socialist make such waves? In Our Revolution, Sanders provides a unique insight into the campaign that galvanized a movement, sharing experiences from the campaign trail and the ideas and strategies that shaped it. Sanders' message resonated with millions. His supporters are young and old, dissatisfied with expanding social inequality, struggling with economic instability and fighting against a political elite which has long ignored them. This global phenomenon is driving movements from Syriza in Greece to Podemos in Spain and the support for Jeremy Corbyn in the UK. Drawing on decades of experience as an activist and public servant, Sanders outlines his ideas for continuing this revolution. He shows how we can fight for a progressive economic, environmental, racial and social justice agenda that creates jobs, raises wages and protects the planet. Searing in its assessment of the current political and economic situation, but hopeful and inspiring in its vision of the future, this book is essential for anyone tired of 'same as usual' politics and looking for a way to change the game.Read More
THE 2017 ERIC HOBSBAWM LECTURE The US Senator's brand of populism has galvanised new generations to engage with politics. Chaired by Emily Maitlis.Read More
Bernie Sanders stormed to international headlines after running an extraordinary campaign for the Democratic primaries that saw over 13 million people turn out to vote for him, and thereby changed the global discussion surrounding US politics. But how did a relative unknown and a democratic socialist make such waves? Sanders provides a unique insight into the campaign that galvanised a movement, sharing experiences and the ideas and strategies that shaped it. Drawing on decades of experience as an activist and public servant, Sanders outlines his ideas for continuing this revolution, arguing for a progressive economic, environmental, racial and social justice agenda that creates jobs, raises wages and protects the planet.Read More
The world is in transition. We are in transition. Change - and the desire for change - is everywhere we look. Yet we scarcely understand it, let alone know how to pursue and steer change wisely. In this talk, writer and documentarian Polly Morland discusses her latest book, Metamorphosis.Read More
Chris Mullin at the Borders Book FestivalRead 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
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

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