We make up our minds about others after seeing their faces for a fraction of a second –and these snap judgments predict all kinds of important decisions. Yet the character judgments we make from faces are as inaccurate as they are irresistible. Using cutting-edge research, the Princeton psychologist describes how we have evolved the ability to read basic social signals and momentary emotional states, using a network of brain regions dedicated to the processing of faces.
Josh Lacey packs a huge amount of fun and adventure into his stories, including the latest – The Dragonsitter Takes Off.
Two leading Catalan novelists discuss their work. The disappearance of a truck driver in Punti’s Lost Luggage introduces and brings together from across Europe his four sons, previously unaware of each other’s existence. Serés’ 21 miniature masterpieces in Russian Stories sketch the nation.
Born in Bangladesh, Anam grew up in Paris, New York City and Bangkok. Anam’s debut novel, A Golden Age, centres on the Bangladesh Liberation War and was inspired by her parents who were freedom fighters during the conflict. The novel won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book. Anam’s next book, The Good Muslim, explores the after-effects of war and examines the conflicts within modern-day religion and family. She will be discussing her newest work The Bones of Grace, a tragic love story which traverses continents and communities and delves into larger themes like the importance of family history and reconciliation.
Arts Council of Wales International Writers Series, 4
This event will be recorded for broadcast on the BBC World News programme Talking Books
David Roberts is back with his brilliant illustrations and the latest in the bestselling Dirty Bertie series.
Bonehead, the dino-kid lookout, raises so many false alarms that when the scary Gigantosaurus really appears, his friends may not believe him… High-energy fun from the exuberant Jonny Duddle.
The illustrator and writer explains the language of architecture in churches, from the restrained Norman style of William the Conqueror to the gilded excesses of the Baroque. He introduces the basic ‘grammar’ of churches: elevation, plan, fronts, vaults and towers and the ‘vocabulary’ of styles in chronological order, from ancient Saxon churches to modern cathedrals.
Sheep are the thread that runs through the history of the British countryside. Our fortunes were once founded on sheep, and this book tells a story of wool and money and history, of merchants and farmers and shepherds, of English yeomen and how they got their freedom and, above all, of the soil. He talks to Kitty Corrigan.
The maritime strategist and former Rear Admiral argues that in the second decade of the 21st century, the sea is set to reclaim its status as the world’s pre-eminent strategic medium. Parry makes the case that the next decade will witness a ‘scramble’ for the sea, involving competition for oceanic resources and the attempted political and economic colonisation of large tracts of what have, until now, been considered international waters and shipping routes. Chaired by Horatio Clare.
The author of Vermeer’s Hat uses environmental crises to re-narrate China’s history from the time of Khubilai Khan down to the collapse of the Ming dynasty. His unique environmental indicator? Dragon sightings! Just because the Chinese saw dragons, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t. Chaired by Horatio Clare.
The Pirates Next Door creator is back with a new bestseller in which Rex plots to be the King of Space. Luckily, when he goes too far with his dung-blasters, Mum is nearby…
The elite teenage agents who use their extra-sensory perception and high-tech gadgets to investigate unsolvable crimes are back in Traitor’s Revenge.