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Julia Hobsbawm with David Aaronovitch, Peter York, Allison Pearson and Douglas Alexander

EI Breakfast 2

Event 79 Venue: Oxfam Stage

The Editorial Intelligence director and her guests analyse the media stories and comment of the day.

Duration 45 minutes.
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Huw Bowen, Chris Williams, Huw Pryce

New History of Wales 2: Wales – Nation, Region, Province, Principality

Event 80 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Where is Wales and what is Wales? What’s the relationship with England, Europe and the world?


Duration 45 minutes.
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Magnus Mills talks to Alice Jones

Screwtop Thompson

Event 81 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

The novelist reads from and discusses his story collection. 'Magnus Mills' unerringly sharp eye for human foibles combines with a dry deadpan wit to create comic genius.' The Independent. He talks to The Independent Deputy Arts Editor.

Duration 45 minutes.
 
Read more about Magnus Mills
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Mary Warnock

Dishonest To God

Event 82 Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion

The moral philosopher argues that to value religion as the essential foundation of morality is a profound and probably dangerous mistake. Chaired by David Aaronovitch.
 
Read more about Baroness Warnock here
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Meghnad Desai

LSE Lecture 1: The Rediscovery of India

Event 83 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

‘How an old civilisation became a new nation after four thousand years of history and four centuries’ engagement with Europe; why it has succeeded as a democracy and why it is a miracle economy.’
 
More information about Meghnad Desai in this online profile
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Adam Nicolson and Sarah Raven

Smell of Summer Grass: Pursuing Happiness – Perch Hill 1944–2011

Event 84 Venue: Oxfam Stage

The story of the years spent in finding and building a personal Arcadia, sometimes a dream, sometimes a nightmare, by the writer and his wife, cook and gardener Sarah Raven. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
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Timothy Brook and Xiaolou Guo

China

Event 85 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

Two views of the emerging superpower from the distinguished sinologist, author of Troubled Empire and The Confusions of Pleasure and the novelist and performer whose books include A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers and UFO In Her Eyes. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.
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Evelyn Juers

House of Exile

Event 86 Venue: Summer House

A unique imagining of the unconventional love affair between the writer and political activist Heinrich Mann and Nelly Kroeger – a tall, blonde ex-barmaid twenty-seven years his junior – recounting their flight from Nazi Germany in 1933, to France and then to Los Angeles. Chaired by Hannah Rothschild.
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AC Grayling

The Good Book

Event 87 Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion

Drawing on the wisdom of 2,500 years of contemplative non-religious writing on all that it means to be human, from the origins of the universe to small matters of courtesy and kindness in everyday life, the philosopher has created a secular bible.
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Polly Toynbee & David Walker

The Verdict

Event 88 Venue: Oxfam Stage

Did Labour policies worsen the recession? Why did social mobility slow down on Labour’s watch? Has SureStart improved the prospects of tomorrow’s children? Does politics ever actually change anything?
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Allison Pearson talks to Tiffany Murray

I Think I Love You

Event 89 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

Bestselling author and award-winning columnist Allison Pearson's first novel I Don't Know How She Does It is a lively social comedy about working motherhood, shortly to be made into a movie starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Pierce Brosnan.
 
Her new novel I Think I Love You is a witty and poignant story about a young girl who falls hopelessly in love with her teenage pin-up and some twenty years later, with her life in pieces all around her, finally gets to meet him...
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Mohsin Hamid and Dinaw Mengestu talk to Kathryn Gray

Fictions: Strangers and Lovers

Event 90 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Moth Smoke, by the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, is a story of love and estrangement set in Pakistan; How To Read The Air shares the Ethiopian-American context of Mengestu’s brilliant debut Children of the Revolution.
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The Book Show at Hay – Filming

Event 91 Venue: Sky Arts Studio

Sky Arts returns with its acclaimed series of The Book Show. Join Mariella Frostrup for an exclusive recording, interviewing the biggest and best names at the festival.

Watch The Book Show at Hay on Sky Arts 1 HD at 7pm on Monday 30 May
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VS Naipaul

The London Library Lecture

Event 92 Venue: Oxfam Stage

The Nobel Laureate, author of A House for Mr Biswas, The Enigma of Arrival, A Bend in the River and The Masque of Africa charts his development as a writer and his relationship with his family in his Letters Between a Father and a Son. Chaired by Alexander Waugh.
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Michael Scheuer talks to Nik Gowing

Osama Bin Laden

Event 93 Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion

The former head of the CIA’s Bin Laden Unit profiles the remarkable leadership skills, strategic genius, and considerable rhetorical abilities of the Saudi dissident who became America’s ‘Most Wanted’ on 11 September 2001.
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Peter Conradi and Mark Logue talk to Mark Skipworth

The King's Speech: How One Man Saved The British Monarchy

Event 94 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The inside story from the authors of the book edited from speech therapist Lional Logue's diaries. Mark Logue is his grandson.
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Annalena McAfee and Esther Freud talk to Rosie Boycott

Fictions: Insiders

Event 95 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

The Spoiler is a dark satire of the newspaper industry set in 1997 written by the founding editor of Guardian Review. Freud’s Lucky Break is a magical chronicle of a generation of drama students in their quest for glittering prizes.
 
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Paul Nurse

The Royal Society Lecture 2: Darwin and Milton – Two Views of Creation

Event 96 Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion

The Nobel biologist and President of the Royal Society compares the visions of two of the Greatest Britons of all time.
 
Read a brief autobiography of Paul Nurse
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Raja Shehadeh talks to Johann Hari

A Rift in Time: Travels with my Ottoman Uncle

Event 97 Venue: Sky Arts Studio

The great Palestinian writer introduces his family memoir that maps the fortunes of his uncle, a dissenting journalist in what was then the Ottoman Empire and the landscape and struggles of the Jordan Rift Valley. He talks to his fellow Orwell Prize-winner.
 
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Javier Cercas

The Raymond Williams Lecture: The Anatomy of a Moment

Event 98 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

In February 1981, just as Spain was finally leaving Franco’s dictatorship and during the first democratic vote in parliament for a new prime minister, Colonel Tejero and a band of right-wing soldiers burst into the Spanish parliament and began firing shots. Only three members of Congress defied the incursion and did not dive for cover. The pre-eminent Spanish novelist discusses the relationship between history and fiction. Chaired by Jon Gower.
 
Read a recent interview with Javier Cercas www.guardian.co.uk/books/2007/jun/15/fiction.culture
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