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Speed Pitching

Speed Pitching

With LBA Literary Agency

Monday 15 September
11am-12pm
£5

SOLD OUT

Aspiring authors come and pitch your novels / non-fiction proposals, in a 5 minute only opportunity, face to face with either Amanda Preston or Louise Lamont from Literary Agency, LBA. Bring a synopsis and the first pages (no more than 3) of your book to gain invaluable advice from professionals. Manuscripts may be submitted to LBA subsequently by email.

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The Literary Agency LBA (www.lbabooks.com) was established by Luigi Bonomi and Amanda Preston in March 2005 and it has one of the most high profile client lists in the business. They represent a large number of very successful authors and celebrities including Richard Hammond, James May, Dr Alice Roberts, Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan, to name a few.

LBA also represent a large number of Sunday Times-bestselling fiction authors including Simon Kernick, Josephine Cox, Karen Swan, Alan Titchmarsh, Sam Christer, Amanda Brooke and Fern Britton. In addition over the years, they have specialised in finding and building new authors. Whether commercial or literary, for adults or children, LBA is always on the lookout for captivating storytelling, original ideas and novels that stand out.

The Great Charles Dickens Scandal

The Great Charles Dickens Scandal

With Michael Slater

Monday 15 September
11am-12pm
£8

Join Michael Slater as he unravels the controversy surrounding the breakdown of Charles Dickens' marriage and his subsequent connection with the young actress Ellen "Nelly" Ternan. In 1858, rumours of a scandalous relationship he may have conducted flourished and continued for the remaining twelve years of his life. Various writers concocted outlandish yet plausible theories while newspapers and book publishers vied for sensational revelations.

'Deliciously dry and compulsively readable... Wise, witty and highly entertaining.'
Simon Callow, The Guardian

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Michael Slater is emeritus professor of Victorian literature at Birkbeck, University of London; past president of the International Dickens Fellowship and of the Dickens Society of America; and author of Charles Dickens, published by Yale University Press. He was awarded an MBE for services to literary scholarship in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Random House Recommends

Random House Recommends

Dea Brovig, Hermione Eyre &
Andrew Clover Talk to Lisa Jewell

Monday 15 September
11am-12pm
£8

Random House recommends three outstanding novels from their current catalogue. Lisa Jewell, the queen of emotional, thought-provoking, character-driven women's fiction introduces Brøvig's The Last Boat Home a devastating debut novel about sacrifice, survival and a mother's love, Eyre's debut novel, Viper Wine, which takes a scalpel to the historical novel, rendering 1632 in Pop Art prose and Clover's The Things I'd Miss, an original, funny book about love, marriage and loss.

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Dea Brøvig moved to the UK from Norway at the age of 17. After graduating from Leeds University she worked in publishing for eight years, first as Editorial Assistant for The Erotic Review and finally as a Foreign Rights literary agent. She graduated from UEA's Creative Writing MA in 2009. She currently divides her time between Norway, Spain and the UK. The Last Boat Home is her first novel.

Andrew Clover has always been a Jack-of-all-trades. As a comic he was Perrier nominated, as an actor he played the clown in Ashes to Ashes, his Dad Rules column was a hit in The Sunday Times. But what he truly loves is books. A year ago, he moved to the remotest countryside, intending to produce a romantic comedy - a sequel to his Learn Love In A Week. Instead he wrote The Things I'd Miss.

Hermione Eyre read English at Hertford College Oxford and became TV critic of the Independent on Sunday at age 27. She went on to be chief interviewer at London Evening Standard Magazine, and contributes to publications including The Times, ELLE, the FT and Prospect. She has appeared on Woman's Hour and BBC Radio 3 Night Waves, and spoken at the Aldeburgh literary festival and at the National Theatre in memory of William Donaldson. This is her first novel.

Lisa Jewell had always planned to write her first book when she was fifty. In fact, she wrote it when she was twenty-seven and had just been made redundant from her job as a secretary. Inspired by Nick Hornby's High Fidelity, a book about young people just like her who lived in London, she wrote the first three chapters of what was to become her first novel, Ralph's Party. It went on to become the bestselling debut novel of 1998. Ten bestselling novels later, she writes every day in a local cafe where she can drink coffee, people-watch, and, without access to the internet, actually get some work done.

Book Bites

Book Bites

Monday 15 September
12-12.30pm
This event is free.

No advance booking necessary.

Want to read a book, but not sure if it'll be your cup of tea...? Well Kate Fulton, trained by The Reader, will be offering a free reading of extracts from some of the books on offer at the Festival. Bring along your lunch and we'll give you a cup of tea or coffee and have a listen before you buy.

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A former barrister, then in-house media lawyer, Kate Fulton, had a change of career to producing and recording audio books and magazines for the blind. Short-listed for a Times audio-reader competition, Kate trained with The Reader and now also facilitates many different groups all over London, including in Barnet libraries, schools, day care centres for the elderly and groups for the blind.

Speed Pitching

Speed Pitching

With LBA Literary Agency

Monday 15 September
12.30-1.30pm
£5

SOLD OUT

Aspiring authors come and pitch your novels / non-fiction proposals, in a 5 minute only opportunity, face to face with either Amanda Preston or Louise Lamont from Literary Agency, LBA. Bring a synopsis and the first pages (no more than 3) of your book to gain invaluable advice from professionals. Manuscripts may be submitted to LBA subsequently by email.

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The Literary Agency LBA (www.lbabooks.com) was established by Luigi Bonomi and Amanda Preston in March 2005 and it has one of the most high profile client lists in the business. They represent a large number of very successful authors and celebrities including Richard Hammond, James May, Dr Alice Roberts, Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan, to name a few.

They also represent a large number of Sunday Times-bestselling fiction authors including Simon Kernick, Josephine Cox, Karen Swan, Alan Titchmarsh, Sam Christer, Amanda Brooke and Fern Britton. In addition over the years, they have specialised in finding and building new authors. Whether commercial or literary, for adults or children, LBA is always on the lookout for captivating storytelling, original ideas and novels that stand out.

Rachel Seiffert & Linda Grant

Rachel Seiffert & Linda Grant

Talk to Olivia Lichtenstein

Monday 15 September
12.30-1.30pm
£8

In Rachel Seiffert's powerful new novel, The Walk Home, Stevie, who has been living in London, returns to Glasgow, but is not ready to tell his family just yet. He is about to discover what happens in the aftermath of cutting all familial ties. Upstairs at the Party is Orange Prize winning, and Man Booker shortlisted Linda Grant's captivating new book about the moments and secrets that shape all our lives. These outstanding authors discuss their new works with Festival perennial, Olivia Lichtenstein.

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Linda Grant was born in Liverpool and now lives in London. The Cast Iron Shore won the David Higham First Novel Prize. When I Lived in Modern Times won the Orange Prize for Fiction. Still Here was long listed for the Man Booker Prize. Linda Grant is also the author of Sexing the Millennium; Remind Me Who I am Again; The People on the Street, which won the Lettre Ulysses Prize for Literary Reportage; and The Thoughtful Dresser. The Clothes on Their Backs, won The South Bank Show Literature Award and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2008. Linda is one of the very few novelists to have both won the Orange Prize and been shortlisted for the Man Booker.

Rachel Seiffert's first novel, The Dark Room, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and was made into the feature film Lore. She was named as one of Granta's twenty Best of Young British Novelists in 2003, and in 2011 she received the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Field Study, a collection of short stories, received an award from PEN International. Her second novel Afterwards was long-listed for the 2007 Orange Prize. Her books have been published in eighteen languages.

Olivia Lichtenstein is a BAFTA award winning documentary filmmaker and the former editor of BBC's Inside Story. She directed The Twins of the Twin Towers for BBC1 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and is currently producing and directing, Inside Guinness World Records for ITV. Her last novel Things Your Mother Never Told You (Orion, September 2009) is a sharp, compelling and deliciously entertaining follow up to her acclaimed, award-winning debut Mrs Zhivago of Queen's Park.

Let Me Tell You A Story:<br>A Girl's Escape<br>From Nazi-Occupied Poland

Let Me Tell You A Story:
A Girl's Escape
From Nazi-Occupied Poland

With Renata Calverley

Monday 15 September
12.30-1.30pm
£8

Renata relates the true story of a little girl's miraculous escape from the Nazis during WW2. Her narrative is funny and sad, tragic yet triumphant, combining the horrors of war with the wonders of growing up and the magical discovery of books. From escaping the Polish ghetto, hearing members of her family shot, living in hideouts and a bleak orphanage, to eventually being reunited with her father in England, this is a story like no other.

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Renata Calverley was born in Poland in 1937. She has an Honours Degree in English Literature and American Studies from Nottingham University, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the London University Institute of Education and a Diploma in Creative Writing. A retired deputy head of a Sixth Form, she taught English for thirty-seven years, including twenty-five years at Aylesbury High School. She is an accomplished public speaker, regularly recounting her experiences to societies and interested parties across the UK.

Shopgirls: The True Story Of Life Behind The Counter

Shopgirls: The True Story Of Life Behind The Counter

Pamela Cox & Annabel Hobley
Talk to Sarah Rigby

Monday 15 September
12.30-1.30pm
£8

Based on a new BBC series, Shopgirls is the nostalgic, sweeping true story of the women behind the counters of Britain's most famous - and not so famous - stores. Historian and author Dr Pamela Cox and TV producer and writer, Annabel Hobley, talk to Senior Editor at Hutchinson, Sarah Rigby, about a narrative woven deep into the fabric of our history. You will never shop in the same way again.

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Pamela Cox is a social historian at the University of Essex. She has presented two major history series for BBC 2 - Shopgirls - The True Story of Life Behind the Counter (2014) and Servants - The True Story of Life Below the Stairs (2012), both produced by Annabel Hobley. Her previous books include Bad Girls (2012) and Becoming Delinquent (2002).

Annabel Hobley is a television producer and writer. Her credits for the BBC, ITV and More4 include Shopgirls - The True Story of Life Behind the Counter, Servants: The True Story of Life Below Stairs, McQueen and I, a documentary on fashion icons Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow, and the Lost World of Mitchell and Kenyon, about an extraordinary treasure trove of Edwardian films.

Sarah Rigby is Senior Editor at Hutchinson, part of the Penguin Random House Group. Previous to this she was Senior Editor at the independent publisher, Atlantic Books. At Hutchinson her recent signings include debut novelists Brooke Davis (Lost & Found) and James Scott (The Kept); Matthew Parker's Sunday Times bestseller, Goldeneye; a history of shopgirls by Dr Pamela Cox and Annabel Hobley; bestseller Helen Rappaport's Caught in the Revolution; and Midnight Mother by Lindy Woodhead, the story of a 1920s female nightclub owner. Sarah was shortlisted for the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize in 2011 and featured in The Bookseller Rising Stars list in 2014. She is originally from Yorkshire but now lives in North London.

Guided Walk Through Bloomsbury

Guided Walk Through Bloomsbury

With Blue Badge guide,
Isabelle Seddon

Monday 15 September
1.30-3.30pm
£15
THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT

A walk through the beautiful Georgian squares of Bloomsbury where many notable authors have lived and set their works. Learn about the lives of authors including T S Eliot, W B Yeats, Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group who lived in squares but loved in triangles.

Book Bites

Book Bites

Monday 15 September
1.30-2pm
This event is free.

No advance booking necessary.

Want to read a book, but not sure if it'll be your cup of tea...? Well Kate Fulton, trained by The Reader, will be offering a free reading of extracts from some of the books on offer at the Festival. Bring along your lunch and we'll give you a cup of tea or coffee and have a listen before you buy.

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A former barrister, then in-house media lawyer, Kate Fulton, had a change of career to producing and recording audio books and magazines for the blind. Short-listed for a Times audio-reader competition, Kate trained with The Reader and now also facilitates many different groups all over London, including in Barnet libraries, schools, day care centres for the elderly and groups for the blind.

Ghost Writers

Ghost Writers

With Shannon Kyle & Mark McCrum

Monday 15 September
2-3pm
£8

What do Jade Goody, Lance Armstrong's masseuse, Katie Piper, and Robbie Williams have in common? They all collaborated with ghost writers to produce their 'autobiographies'. Join our two experienced guests as they reveal how to write in someone else's voice.

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Mark McCrum began his career as a travel writer with books about Southern Africa (Happy Sad Land), Australia (No Worries) and Ireland (The Craic). He documented two landmark television series; 1900 House and Castaway 2000, both of which were top ten bestsellers. In 2001, he toured Europe with Robbie Williams, and documented the trip in Somebody Someday (no. 1 in both hardback and paperback). His most recent non-fiction book, Walking With The Wounded, tells the story of four wounded soldiers and their successful attempt to reach the North Pole. As a ghost writer he has worked with a variety of clients, from victims of paedophilia and forced marriage to TV celebrities such as Bruce Parry.

Shannon Kyle is a ghostwriter and journalist who has written ten books including four Sunday Times top ten bestsellers. Her first ghostwritten memoir was for Jade Goody, chronicling her last six months of life before she died of cancer which was a number one bestseller. Since then she has ghosted memoirs of the first female Chelsea Pensioner, a coal miner's wife, a modern day Romany gypsy lady, childhood abuse victims and celebrities. Her latest book The Race to Truth is the account of Emma O'Reilly, a former massage therapist to Lance Armstrong and whistleblower to the doping culture in cycling. Emma was sued for a million pounds by Armstrong after speaking out against doping in the sport.

Scattered Ghosts: One Family's Survival Through War, Holocaust & Revolution

Scattered Ghosts: One Family's Survival Through War, Holocaust & Revolution

Nick Barlay talks to Paula Kitching

Monday 15 September
2-3pm
£8

Powerful, informative and beautifully written, Scattered Ghosts takes us through 200 years of turbulent history to tell the story of the Jews of Hungary as never told before. Barlay's poignant, powerful story of an all but disappeared world, is told through the extraordinary experiences of a single family ruptured by great forces and occasionally brought together by cherry strudel.

..compelling and informative, deeply moving and scrupulously understated -
Irène Heidelberger-Leonard, author of The Philosopher of Auschwitz

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Nick Barlay is the author of three acclaimed novels mapping out the underbelly of contemporary London. He has written award-winning radio plays; contributed to short story anthologies and his journalism has appeared in many publications, including The Times and Time Out. He was named as one of Granta's 20 best young British novelists in 2003, until it was discovered he was too old to be young.

Paula Kitching is an historian, writer and educational consultant with historical specialisms in war, genocides and cultural history. She has written for educational publications, books, museums and websites, and is a speaker and lecturer for young people and adult education. She is also an experienced battlefield and heritage guide.

The Disinherited<br>A Story of Family, Love & Betrayal

The Disinherited
A Story of Family, Love & Betrayal

Robert Sackville-West
talks to Dr Helen Fry

Monday 15 September
2-3pm
£8

Join Robert Sackville-West to explore secrets and lies at the heart of an English dynasty. In the small hours of 3 June 1914, a woman and her husband were found dead in a sparsely furnished apartment in Paris. Henry Sackville-West had shot himself minutes after the death of his wife from cancer. Henry's suicidal despair had been driven equally by the failure of his claim to be the legitimate son of Lord Sackville and heir to Knole.

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After studying History at Oxford University, Robert Sackville-West worked in publishing, founding Toucan Books in 1985, which creates illustrated non-fiction books for an international market. He now combines that with chairing Knole Estates, the property and investment company which runs the Sackville family's interests at Knole. In 2008, he and his wife and three children moved in the house, which has been occupied by the Sackville family for 400 years. The incredible history of Knole and the Sackville family, Inheritance, was published in 2010.

is a historian and biographer who has written over 20 books, including Churchill's German Army, Music & Men, Freuds' War, From Dachau to D-Day, and Inside Nuremberg Prison. She is currently engaged on a number of script-writing projects for film and TV, based on her work. Her latest book The M Room tells the story of German Refugees who worked as "secret listeners" for British Intelligence in WWII, bugging the conversations of German POWS.

The History Boys

The History Boys

Roger Moorhouse & Patrick Bishop
talk to Paul Lay

Monday 15 September
6.45-7.45pm
£10

Based on revelatory research in Britain and Israel, Bishop's The Reckoning is the first book to tell the full story of the killing of Avraham Stern, the rebel who terrorized Palestine and whose death would have momentous historical consequences while Moorhouse's The Devils' Alliance: Hitler's Pact with Stalin, 1939-1941 looks at the peculiar - and peculiarly deadly - relationship between the 20th Century's most notorious dictators.

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Patrick Bishop has emerged in the last decade as one of Britain's best-regarded military historians with his books Fighter Boys and Bomber Boys and is the author of two successful novels A Good War and Follow Me Home, which has been described as 'the first great novel of the Afghan war.'(Major Chris Hunter). His writing is underpinned by first-hand knowledge of warfare gained during a long career as a foreign correspondent for the Daily Telegraph.

Roger Moorhouse is an historian and author specialising in modern German history. He is the co-author, with Norman Davies, of Microcosm: Portrait of a Central European City, and the author of Killing Hitler and Berlin at War.

Paul Lay is the Editor of History Today.

A Perfect Heritage

A Perfect Heritage

Penny Vincenzi talks to Louise Jacobs

Monday 15 September
6.45-7.45pm
£10

Penny Vincenzi, one of the UK`s best-loved and most popular authors, tells the story of The House of Farrell - home of the cream, an iconic face product that has seen women flocking to its bijoux flagship store in the Berkeley Arcade since 1953. But the world of cosmetics is changing and the once glorious House of Farrell is now in decline, its customers tempted away by more fashionable brands. Here is a tale of survival ... and a kind of promise.

Penny Vincenzi is more than a National Treasure, she's a National Pleasure!
Santa Montefiore

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Penny Vincenzi is one of the UK`s best-loved and most popular authors. Since her first novel, Old Sins, was published in 1989, she has written fifteen bestselling novels, including the number one bestsellers The Best of Times and An Absolute Scandal. She joined the Mirror and became a journalist, writing for The Times, the Daily Mail and Cosmopolitan amongst many others, before turning to fiction. Several years later, over seven million copies of Penny's books have been sold worldwide and she is universally held to be the doyenne of the modern blockbuster - Glamour.

Louise Jacobs is Chief Executive of the London Jewish Cultural Centre

Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love

Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love

With James Booth

Monday 15 September
6.45-7.45pm
£10

An unusual view of Larkin that goes deeper than the traditional, quite negative view of him, Booth's unique and revelatory biography draws strong parallels between Larkin's life and his works to paint an image of the poet never seen before. In one of the most comprehensive pictures of the poet yet published, this book examines the people, the places and the chance encounters that influenced Larkin and shaped his poetry.

Click here to see James Booth's 'Book of the week' in the Daily Mail.

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James Booth is the Literary Adviser and Co-Editor of The Philip Larkin Society. He has previously published two books on Larkin: Philip Larkin: Writer in 1991 and Philip Larkin: The Poet's Plight in 2005, as well as editing Larkin's early girls' school stories and poems as Trouble at Willow Gables and Other Fictions and a volume of critical essays called New Larkins for Old. He has recently retired from the Department of English at the University of Hull, where he was a colleague of Larkin for seventeen years.

Everyday Sexism

Everyday Sexism

With Laura Bates

Monday 15 September
6.45-7.45pm
£10

Founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, one of the biggest social media success stories on the internet, Laura Bates brings us a bold, jaunty and ultimately intelligent book, the first to give a collective voice to the protest against sexism. This is a juggernaut of stories, a must-read for every inquisitive, no-nonsense modern woman and an eye-opening call to arms for the modern man. It shows that women will no longer tolerate a society that ignores the dangers and endless effects of sexism.

Following it will make most women feel oddly saner.
Caitlin Moran

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Laura Bates studied English at Cambridge University and went on to be a freelance journalist. She has written for the Guardian, the Independent, the New Statesman, Financial Times and Grazia among others. She is also contributor at Women Under Siege, a New-York based organisation working to combat the use of sexual violence as a tool of war in conflict zones worldwide. She is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project - one of the biggest social media success stories on the internet, gaining 125,000 followers since 2012.

100 Days To Victory: How The Great War Was Fought & Won 1914-1918

100 Days To Victory: How The Great War Was Fought & Won 1914-1918

Saul David talks to Paul Lay

Monday 15 September
8.30-9.30pm
£12

This event is sponsored by Speechly Bircham.

Best-selling author and TV historian Saul David's 100 Days To Victory is a totally original, utterly engaging account of the Great War - the first book to tell the story of the "war to end all wars" through the events of one hundred key days between 1914 and 1918. David talks to Paul Lay, Editor of History Today about how the war reached beyond the battlefield, touching upon events and lives which shaped the conduct and outcome of the conflict.

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Saul David is Professor of War Studies at the University of Buckingham and the bestselling author of the novels Zulu Hart and Hart of Empire, as well as several critically-acclaimed history books, including The Indian Mutiny: 1857 (shortlisted for the Westminster Medal for Military Literature), Zulu: The Heroism and Tragedy of the Zulu War of 1879 (a Waterstone's Military History Book of the Year), Victoria's Wars: The Rise of Empire and, most recently, All the King's Men. He regularly appears on television and radio.

Paul Lay is the Editor of History Today.

Hackney Child

Hackney Child

Hope Daniels & Tanya Byron

Monday 15 September
8.30-9.30pm
£12

At the age of nine, Hope Daniels walked into a police station with her little brothers and asked to be taken into care. Home life was intolerable: both of Hope's parents were alcoholics and her mother was a prostitute. Tanya Byron, the UK's best known clinical psychologist and author of The Skeleton Cupboard, will talk to Hope about her physical and emotional survival - and the lifeline given to her by professionals working in the care system. Her experiences show that, with the right help, even the least fortunate children have the potential not only to recover but to thrive.

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Hope Daniels spent most of her childhood in care. She is very proud to refer to herself as a 'care leaver in recovery'. Under her real name, Jenny Molloy, she is called on by government bodies to advise on the care and fostering of children. She helped to establish the Care Leavers' Charter in 2012.

Tanya Byron, clinical psychologist and professor in the public understanding of science, specialises in working with children and adolescents. Tanya has authored an independent government review and advises governments nationally and internationally. She writes regular columns for The Times and Good Housekeeping and is a broadcaster for BBC television and Radio 4.