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Pen Vogler

Dinner With Mr Darcy

Hay Festival 2014, 

Food is an important theme in Jane Austen’s novels: it is used as a commodity for showing off, as a way of showing kindliness among neighbours, as part of the dynamics of family life, and – of course – for comic effect. Dinner With Mr Darcy takes authentic recipes from the period, inspired by the food that features in Austen’s novels and letters, and adapts them for contemporary cooks.

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Jemma King, Florian Kessler and Luca Giordano

Scritture Giovani 2014: Sarajevo

Hay Festival 2014, 

Three international writers chosen with our festival partners in Italy and Germany have written stories on the theme of Sarajevo. They discuss their stories and the translations with Daniel Hahn of the British Centre for Literary Translation.

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Gill Lewis and Julia Green

Animal Adventures

Hay Festival 2014, 

Join Gill Lewis, bestselling author of Skyhawk and Moonbear, and novelist Julia Green as they talk about their new books, Scarlet Ibis and Seal Island. They share lots of interesting animal facts and stories about how animals bring people together in some very special places.
7+ years

Gill Lewis and Julia Green

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Jung Chang talks to Razia Iqbal

Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China

Hay Festival 2014, 

The story of the most important woman in Chinese history. Under the Empress’s rule, the ancient country attained virtually all the attributes of a modern state: industries, railways, electricity, telegraph, and an army and navy with up-to-date weaponry. It was she who abolished gruesome punishments like ‘death by a thousand cuts’ and put an end to foot-binding. She inaugurated women’s liberation, and embarked on the path to introducing parliamentary elections to China.

Jung Chang talks to Razia Iqbal

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Ha-Joon Chang

Cambridge University Series 5

Hay Festival 2014, 

Economics, A User’s Guide

What is economics? How does the global economy work? Many economic theories, from classical to Keynesian, have their strengths, weaknesses and blind spots. By ignoring received wisdom and exposing the myriad forces that shape our financial fate, Chang provides the tools that every responsible citizen needs to understand – and address – our current economic woes.

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Sigrid Rausing talks to Oliver Bullough

Everything is Wonderful: Memories of a Collective Farm in Estonia

Hay Festival 2014, 

In 1993–4 abandoned watchtowers dotted the coast line. The huge fields of the Lenin collective farm were lying fallow, waiting for claims from former owners, fleeing war and Soviet and Nazi occupation. The anthropologist reflects on history, political repression, and the story of the minority Swedes in the area.

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Javier Cercas and Andrés Neuman

Fictions – Resistance

Hay Festival 2014, 

A conversation with the two greatest contemporary Spanish-language novelists of their respective generations. Cercas’ The Outlaws is a powerful novel of love and hate, of loyalty and betrayal, that explores true integrity and the prison that celebrity can become. Alternately narrated by a mother, father and son, Neuman’s Talking To Ourselves is a story about how we are transformed by loss, and how words and sex can serve as powerful modes of resistance. They talk to Daniel Hahn.

Javier Cercas and Andrés Neuman

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John Mullan

The Hay Lecture: Mansfield Park 200

Hay Festival 2014, 

The author of What Matters in Jane Austen celebrates the bicentenary of the publication of Austen’s most politically engaged masterpiece.

John Mullan

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Darren Shan

Zom-B

Hay Festival 2014, 
The master of horror returns with his latest bestselling series Zom-B, a gripping and grisly mix of horror, fantasy and realism. Be prepared to confront your innermost demons…
13+ years (YA)
Darren Shan

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John Gurdon

Cambridge University Series 6: Cloning Stem Cells – A Modern Medicine Revolution

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Nobel Prize-winning developmental biologist was among the first to challenge the idea that a cell’s fate was irreversibly determined. His demonstration that the nuclei of differentiated cells could be ‘reprogrammed’ has ultimately led to successful cloning of mammals, and has provided the basis for much of modern stem cell research.

John Gurdon

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David Owen

The Hidden Perspective: The Military Conversations, 1906–1914

Hay Festival 2014, 

Within weeks of taking office in December 1905, British Prime Minister Henry Campbell-Bannerman and his Foreign Minister Edward Grey agreed to allow the General Staff to enter into detailed talks with their French counterparts about sending an expeditionary force to France in the event of a German attack. Neither the Cabinet nor Parliament were informed…

David Owen

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Karl Ove Knausgård talks to Razia Iqbal

Fictions – Boyhood Island

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Norwegian writer’s six-volume autobiographical novel My Struggle is one of the great masterpieces of contemporary literature. He discusses volume 3, Boyhood Island. ‘It’s unbelievable. I need the next volume like crack. It’s completely blown my mind.’ – Zadie Smith. He is the winner of the 2014 Hay Festival Medal for Prose.

Karl Ove Knausgård talks to Razia Iqbal

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Lauren Owen and Marcus Sedgwick

Fictions – Gothic

Hay Festival 2014, 

Owen’s The Quick is a macabre gothic mystery set in Yorkshire and fin de siècle London. Sedgwick’s A Love Like Blood is a dark, compelling thriller about how a man’s life can change in a moment; about where the desire for truth – and for revenge – can lead; about love and fear and hatred. And it is also about the question of blood. They talk to Sameer Rahim.

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Korky Paul

Sir Scallywag and the Deadly Dragon Poo

Hay Festival 2014, 
Fans of Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants will be delighted to hear that it is time for a brand new crazy adventure. Sir Scallywag and the Deadly Dragon Poo, from the inspired team of Giles Andreae and Korky Paul, is guaranteed high-octane fun.
5+ years
Korky Paul

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PJ O’Rourke talks to David Aaronovitch

The Annual Hamlin Lecture

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way (And It Wasn’t My Fault) (And I’ll Never Do It Again)

The American satirist rips up the generation that said with a straight face, ‘We are the world’. What’s so funny about peace, love and understanding? Ask the generation responsible for the fall of the Berlin Wall and their knickers. Those who put their faith in the Kyoto Accord and disco. Who dropped out of the capitalist system and popped back again in time to cause a global financial crisis.

PJ O’Rourke talks to David Aaronovitch

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Ffion Hague, John Kampfner and Kenneth O Morgan

Lloyd George in 1914

Hay Festival 2014, 

The author of The Pain and the Privilege: The Women in Lloyd George’s Life recounts Lloyd George’s turbulent time as Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1914, preparing Britain for war and discusses Britain's political, diplomatic and industrial reactions to the beginning of the Great War with the journalist John Kampfner and the historian Kenneth O Morgan, author of The Age of Lloyd George, The Oxford History of Britain, Rebirth of a Nation and the forthcoming Revolution to Devolution. Chaired by Guto Harri.

Ffion Hague, John Kampfner and Kenneth O Morgan

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Paul Dolan

Happiness by Design

Hay Festival 2014, 

Most of us would like to be happier. Dolan defines this as experiencing more pleasure and/or purpose for longer. He describes how being happier means allocating attention more efficiently; towards those things that bring us pleasure and purpose and away from those that generate pain and pointlessness. Easier said than done, of course, and certainly easier said than thought about. But behavioural science tells us that most of what we do is not so much thought about; rather, it simply comes about. So by clever use of priming, defaults, commitments and social norms, you can become a whole lot happier without actually having to think very hard about it. You will be happier by design.

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Rhidian Brook talks to Peter Florence

The Aftermath

Hay Festival 2014, 

The novelist discusses his superbly controlled emotional thriller – a tale of passion, betrayal and conscience set in post-war Germany. Perfect for anyone who loved Atonement, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin or Anna Karenina.

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Adam Stower

Troll and the Oliver

Hay Festival 2014, 

Join Adam Stower as he shows us one story and tells us another in an hilarious case of mistaken identity which will delight young readers.
5+ years

Adam Stower

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Francesca Simon

The Lost Gods

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Lost Gods takes up where The Sleeping Army left off, transporting us back to Francesca Simon’s brilliantly-imagined modern Norse England. Freya has been to Hel and back but the gods are looking for celebrity…
9+ years

Francesca Simon

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Philip Hook

Breakfast at Sotheby’s: An A–Z of the Art World

Hay Festival 2014, 

When you stand in front of a work of art in a museum or exhibition, the first two questions you normally ask yourself are 1) do I like it? and 2) who’s it by? When you stand in front of a work of art in an auction room or dealer’s gallery, you ask these two questions followed by others: how much is it worth? how much will it be worth in five or ten years’ time? and what will people think of me if they see it hanging on my wall? A wry, intimate, and revealing exploration of how art acquires its financial value, from a senior director at Sotheby’s. Chaired by Hannah Rothschild.

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Jacqueline Mitton

The John Maddox Lecture – From Dust to Life

Hay Festival 2014, 

The origin and evolution of our solar system is a tantalizing mystery that may one day provide answers to the question of human origins. The astronomer explains how the celestial objects that make up the solar system arose from common beginnings billions of years ago, and how scientists and philosophers have sought to unravel this mystery, piecing together the clues that enabled them to deduce the solar system’s layout, its age, and the most likely way it formed.

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Tracey Thorn talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Bedsit Disco Queen

Hay Festival 2014, 

Everything But The Girl made nine albums and sold nine million records. One half of the band (with her husband Ben Watt), Thorn gives a wry look at the realities of a pop career. There are thrills and wonders to be experienced, yes, but also moments of doubt, mistakes, violent lifestyle changes from luxury to squalor and back again, sometimes within minutes. Also see event 67

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Simon Schama, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Jennifer Clement, Andrés Neuman, Cristina Fuentes

Gabriel García Márquez, 1927–2014

Hay Festival 2014, 

Celebrating the life and work of the Colombian writer, founder of the Foundation for New Journalism, author of One Hundred Years of Solitude, The Autumn of the Patriarch, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, News of a Kidnapping and Love in the Time of Cholera. He won the Nobel Prize in 1982 and was the Patron of Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias.

Simon Schama, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Jennifer Clement, Andrés Neuman, Cristina Fuentes

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Anne Cassidy, Keren David and Sally Nicholls

Secrets, Dreams and Stolen Lives

Hay Festival 2014, 

An unmissable line-up of award-winning YA talent, including Anne Cassidy whose new book Finding Jennifer Jones is the long-awaited sequel to the sensational Looking for JJ, Keren David, whose novel Salvage is receiving rave reviews, and Sally Nicholls, author of the award-winning bestseller Ways To Live Forever, whose new book Close Your Pretty Eyes, a dark psychological thriller, is out now. A lively conversation ranging across themes of identity, belonging, and social and personal responsibility in YA fiction.

12+ years (YA)
Anne Cassidy, Keren David and Sally Nicholls

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