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Roy Strong

The Story of Britain

Hay Festival 1999, 
How should our history be written? The Historian andndiarist introduces his elegant and highly entertaining version of these island's past.

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Trevor Jones talks to David Lewis

Hay Festival 1999, 
Jones was head boy at Gordonstoun, an usher at Princes Andrew's wedding, and ace helicopter pilot with a wonderful life ahead, when tragedy struck in an horrific skiing accident and Trevor was confined to a wheelchair for life. Not exactly "confined" - Walking on Air is the amazing story of this man's unwillingness to accept his fate.

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The Modern Library

Hay Festival 1999, 
Virago founder Carmen Callil and Irish writer Colm Toibin have canonised "the 200 best novels in English since 1950". Join them to debate who's in, who's out and why?

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John Mortimer

The Sound of Trumpets

Hay Festival 1999, 
The newly beknighted novelist turns his gaze on New Labour with delightful mischief in store. Mortimer chews the polenta with the political journalist Anthony Howard.

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Robert Llewellyn

Hay Festival 1999, 
The Red Dwarf cult star discusses comedy and his novels The Man on Platform Five and Punchbag which is launched at the Festival.

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Steve Jones

Is Human Evolution Over?

Hay Festival 1999, 
Utopian novels used to show ordinary people living in extraordinary societies. Now, the people change, but society stays the same (think of Star Trek) - because everyonw assumes that evolution is speeding up. In the first Predictions Lecture the great geneticist argues that this is untrue; that evolution has stopped; and that when it comes to our bodies, if not our minds, we are living in Utopia now.

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Leslie Norris

Hay Festival 1999, 
The tales and images from Sliding and The Girl From Cardigan have informed the sensibilities of generations of readers in Wales and America where he lives, but is largely unknown in England. The greatest living Welsh short story writer and poet talks to Peter Florence about his writing and reads from his work.

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Dr Thomas Stuttaford

In Your Right Mind

Hay Festival 1999, 
The Times' medical guru explores the responses to and treatments of common psychological and psychiatric conditions.

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Antonia Fraser

Warts and All...

Hay Festival 1999, 
The historian celebrates the quatro-centenary of "God's Englishman", Oliver Cromwell

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Robert Newman

Hay Festival 1999, 
Greig's protagonist in When They Lay Bare is an unknown woman who overturns the closed society and family to which she returns.

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Andrew Greig

Hay Festival 1999, 
Greig's protagonist in When They Lay Bare is an unknown woman who overturns the closed society and family to which she returns.

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Lesley Glaister, Pan Houston, Barbara Gowdy

Hay Festival 1999, 
Reading and Conversation. Glaister's Sheer Blue Bliss is a thrilling novel about the sources of art and the unpredictable forces of loss and human craving. Houston, the author of the cult classic Cowboys are my Weakness presents her first novel Waltzing the Cat, a beautiful novel about relationships and place with one of the most dazzling aerial sequences ever written. The spectacularly inventive and magical Gowdy returns with her novel The White Bone, a story in which we learn everything anout elephants, their societal structure, their mythology, their language, their beliefs, an entire invented universe which is brilliantly put together, it seems almost logical.

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Harold Pinter

Hay Festival 1999, 
A reading by the playwright and actor from his Various Voices: Prose, Poetry, Politics, 1948-1998

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Robert Harris

Hay Festival 1999, 
An interview with th epeerless thriller-writer, author of the outstanding Enigma, Fatherland and Archangel.

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Gareth & Jeremy Bowen

The Family Business

Hay Festival 1999, 
Two newsmen discuss how the role of the reporter has changed in the information age. Jeremy is the BBC's multiaward-winning Middle Eastern correspondent, speaking at Hay between covering the refugee situation in Albania and the crucial Israeli elections. His father, Gareth was the journalist who reported live from Aberfan in 1966.

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Carl Hiaasen

Hay Festival 1999, 
The cult Florida crime-novelist and environmental hero Carl Hiaasen, author of Lucky You, Tourist Season, Strip Tease, Stormy Weather and Double Whammy, talks to Peter Guttridge author of A Ghost of a Chance and No Laughing Matter.

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Howard Marks

Mr Nice

Hay Festival 1999, 
An audience with the world's most charming ex-con. He was Britain's most wanted man. He's just spent seven years in America's toughest penitentiary for drugs smuggling. You'll like him/

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Ardal O'Hanlon

Hay Festival 1999, 
Blissful stand-up from the novelist and Father Ted star.

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Magnus Mills, Tim Lott, Antonia Logue

Hay Festival 1999, 
Shortlisted for bothnBooker and Whitbread awards The Restraint of Beasts has become a cult classic. Blackest comedy set in rural Herefordshire, it is terrifyingly funny and beautifully written. Tim Lott author of the acclaimed and bestselling The Scent of Dried Roses, launches his new novel White City Blue, an articulate study of a man made of little more than the suit he wears and the car he drives. Logue presents her first novel Shadow-Box a dazzling mix of characters including the boxer Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion of the world, and Mina Loy the poet.

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The King And I

Hay Festival 1999, 
Self-proclaimed King of Hay Richard Booth opened the first bookshop in Hay 40 years ago and has led the second-hand book town movement throughout Europe. Lawyers allowing, he will launch his colourful autobiography My Kingdom of Books. In conversation with Phil Rickman.

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Jeremy Paxman

The English

Hay Festival 1999, 
What is it with the English and sex, food, games and hypocrisy? The nations favourite sceptic and scrouge of humbug asks the questions.

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Ruth Dudley Edwards

The Faithful Tribe

Hay Festival 1999, 
The novelist discusses her study of The Oeange Order with Nobel Peace Laureate and First Minister Designate of the Northern Ireland Assembly, David Trimble.

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General Sir Michael Rose

Fighting For Peace

Hay Festival 1999, 
The former Commander of the UN protection force in Bosnia talks to the BBC World Anchor Nik Gowing about peacekeeping in the Balkans.

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Anna Pavord

The Tulip

Hay Festival 1999, 
In an auction held in Holland in February 1637, 99 lots of tulip bulbs fetched a staggering 90,000 guilders, more than £6 million in today's money. Tulipomania had reached its height. In this sublimely illustrated lecture the author introduces her astonishing history of Europe's most desired flower.

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FW de Klerk talks to Michael Buerk

Hay Festival 1999, 
The former South African President and Nobel Laureate visits Hay between his deposition to the TRC and the new elections, to talk about the dismantling of the great coalition and his relationship with President Mandela, explored in his autobiography The Last Trek.

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