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Ben Macintyre

Double Cross - The True Story of the D-Day Spies

Hay Festival 2012, 
The author of Agent Zigzag and Operation Mincemeat uncovers the six extraordinary double-agents at the heart of the deception that enabled the 150,000-strong invasion force to land in Normandy on 6 June 1944.
 

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Prue Leith talks to Sarah Crompton

Relish: My Life on a Plate

Hay Festival 2012, 
The extraordinary, zestful life of the celebrated cook, restaurateur, food writer, businesswoman and lover.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Commonwealth Lecture - To Instruct and Delight - a Case For Realist Literature

Hay Festival 2012, 
The author of Half of a Yellow Sun, Purple Hibiscus and The Thing Around Your Neck examines fiction as a catalyst for social and political change. Chaired by Emily Perkins.
 

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Oliver Balch, Les Lumsdon, Chris Moss and Michael Kerr

The Future of Travel Writing

Hay Festival 2012, 
What can the travel writer offer in an age of Trip Advisor and Wikipedia? Are we tired of foreigners writing about other people’s places? Journalists and authors Oliver Balch and Chris Moss join Slow Travel writer Les Lumsdon. Chaired by The Telegraph’s Deputy Head of Travel.

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Thomas Friedman

That Used To Be Us

Hay Festival 2012, 
The New York Times foreign affairs writer looks at What Went Wrong with America - and How It Can Come Back. Chaired by Nik Gowing.

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Charles Nicholl

Sudden Presence

Hay Festival 2012, 
The acclaimed traveller, biographer and literary sleuth reads from his new collection of investigations Traces Remain and talks about his fascination with the hidden details of the past, and the ‘sudden presence’ of distant historical figures. Chaired by Simon Mundy

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Michael Frayn talks to Sarah Crompton

My Father’s Fortune

Hay Festival 2012, 
The novelist and playwright (whose Noises Off is currently playing in London) discusses his childhood memoir and his exploration of his father’s story My Father's Fortune. His new novel Skios is a story of mislaid identity, misdirected passion and miscalculated consequences set on a Greek Island.

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Faraj Bayrakdar talks to Shenaz Kedar

Writers and the Middle East

Hay Festival 2012, 
Exiled writers from Syria and Iran discuss their work and the upheavals in the Middle East with the manager of the Writers’ Centre Norwich City of Refuge programme.
 
In partnership with the Writers Centre Norwich and International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN)

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Christopher Paolini

Inheritance

Hay Festival 2012, 
It began with Eragon...it ends with Inheritance. Join this phenomenal author as he brings the cycle to a breathtaking conclusion.
 
10+ years

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Kristina Stephenson

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks

Hay Festival 2012, 
An all-singing, some dancing show with this fabulous author/illustrator. So gather all your pluck and help the gallant knight put things right.
 
5-7 years

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Claire Tomalin

The London Library Lecture - Charles Dickens

Hay Festival 2012, 
The peerless literary biographer examines the contradictory and unpredictable life of our greatest novelist, in this, his bi-centenary year.

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Hannah Rothschild talks to Martin Chilton

The Baroness

Hay Festival 2012, 
The author and filmmaker conjures the life of her great aunt, the heiress Nica Rothschild, who abandoned her life of privilege in Europe for New York’s 1950s Jazz scene. She was a patron and muse to some of the greatest C20th musicians. Charlie Parker died in her apartment, Thelonius Monk in her arms.

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Wadah Khanfar talks to William Sieghart

Hay Festival 2012, 
The co-founder of the Sharq Forum and the former Director General of the Al Jazeera Network reflects on the momentous changes in the Arab world, and the effect of free media and new technology across the Middle East.

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Frances Osborne and Alexandra Shulman talk to Paul Blezard

Fictions - Women of the World

Hay Festival 2012, 
Park Lane the debut novel from the author of The Bolter is a tale of suffrage, war and love, upstairs and down in Edwardian London; Can We Still Be Friends follows three friends leaving University and emerging into the reality of 1980s Britain.

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David MacKay, Julie Hill and David Howell

The Future of Energy Series - How to Decarbonise by 2050

Hay Festival 2012, 
There are many theories and proposals for decarbonising our society but which ones are the most credible and what do they require from us all in order to achieve the target by 2050? The Department of Energy and Climate Change’s Chief Scientific Advisor will weigh the options with the former Director of Green Alliance and the FCO Minister for International Energy. Chaired by Andy Fryers.
 

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Helen Peters

The Secret Hen House Theatre

Hay Festival 2012, 
A heart-warming debut that will whisk you away in the spirit of The Swish of the Curtain and I Capture the Castle. A treat.
 
9+ years

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Justin Fletcher

Justin’s Jokes

Hay Festival 2012, 
The CBeebies star brings us jokes and songs in this giggle-tastic event. Come in your finest fancy dress.
 
3+ years

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Mary Portas

The High Street

Hay Festival 2012, 
The retail guru and British knickers champion, author of The Portas Review on the future of our high streets, inspires a resurgence in entrepreneurial zest and redefines the nature of value in modern consumerism.

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Simon Jenkins

A Short History of England

Hay Festival 2012, 
The great and good journalist introduces his bold, taut history that identifies the key players and moments of change from the Saxon dawn of nationhood to the establishment of coalition government.
 
In association with The National Trust, Wales

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Bettany Hughes, Tim Whitmarsh, Charlotte Higgins and Oliver Taplin

The Greeks 7 - Heroisation

Hay Festival 2012, 
The classicists examine the recounting of funeral games, athletic odes and Olympic trials in Homer, Hesiod, Pindar, Bacchylids and Euripides. What are athletes for?

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Ahdaf Soueif

Reflections on Islamic Art

Hay Festival 2012, 
The novelist and Palfest Director introduces her international anthology of essays and responses to the astounding collection of the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar. Chaired by Marcus du Sautoy.

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Christopher Hill, Brendan Simms and Robert Tombs

Cambridge Series 13 - Will The UK Ever Get On With Europe?

Hay Festival 2012, 
How much does Britain’s history impact on the way it sees its relationship with Europe and can we overcome that? What are the wider implications for international relations for a Britain adrift of Europe?
 

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Julia Golding

Magical Creatures, Perilous Pirates

Hay Festival 2012, 
The super-star scribbler of The Glass Swallow, the Companions Quartet and the Cat Royal series takes us on a whistle stop tour of her fantastical worlds. With hints and tips on how to write your own fantasy adventures along the way.
 
9+ yrs

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Antony Beevor

The Second World War

Hay Festival 2012, 
No other period in history has presented greater dilemmas both for leaders and ordinary people, nor offered such examples of individual and mass tragedy, the corruption of power politics, ideological hypocrisy, the egomania of commanders, betrayal, perversity, self-sacrifice, unbelievable sadism and unpredictable kindness. From the author of Stalingrad, D-Day and Berlin - The Downfall. Chaired by Jim Naughtie.

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Tony Robinson talks to Ben Crystal

Hay Festival 2012, 
A conversation with the Time Team and Blackadder star - actor, presenter, archaeology champion, children’s writer and political activist.

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