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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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Joe Simpson talks to Andrew St. George

Touching the Void

Hay Festival 1999, 
The climber presents an illustrated slide show recounting his epic struggle for survival in the Peruvian Andes. 'Touching the Void' won the 1989 NCR Award for Non fiction and became an international bestseller. Tom Cruise will play Simpson in the movie. 'Touching the Void' is one of the absolute classics of mountaineering - a document of pyschological, even philosophical witness of the rarest compulsion' - George Steiner.

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Paul Auster talks to Robert McCrum

Hay Festival 1999, 
A rare interview with the author of The New York Trilogy, Leviathan, Moon Palace and the movie Smoke. He launches his new novel Timbuktu.

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Rob Newman

Hay Festival 1999, 
New Stand-Up show from the man who once filled Wembley. "Brilliant, elegant comedy".

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Jeremy Paxman

Start The Week

Hay Festival 1999, 
Please join Jeremy Paxman and his guests for a live broadcast of the Radio 4 flagship programme from the Festival.

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Hilary Spurling

The Unknown Matisse

Hay Festival 1999, 
Illustrated with his images, the biographer assesses the masterpieces, and sheds new light on the humiliations and scandals the Henri Matisse had to overcome in order to develop into the greatest French painter of this century.

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Katie Hickman

Diplomatic Women

Hay Festival 1999, 
The novelist and travel writer explores the secret and splendidly eccentric lives of British Ambassadresses from the great years of the British Empire to the present day.

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John Gribbin

The Birth of Time

Hay Festival 1999, 
The science writer explains how astronomers at the University of Sussex measured the age of the Universe, and resolved the long-standing puzzle of stars that seemed to be older than time itself. Illustrated with images from the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Dennis Potter

Hay Festival 1999, 
Biographer Humphrey Carpenter discusses the dangerous television playwright's life and work with Potter's long-term producer Kenneth Trodd.

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