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Chilling Psychological Thrillers

Chilling Psychological Thrillers

Sophie McKenzie, Tamar Cohen & Jane Lythell
talk to Peter Guttridge

Tuesday 16 September
11am-12pm
£8

Three writers of this dark, complex genre come together with crime writer, Peter Guttridge, to discuss their chilling new books and the questions they pose about those we think are closest to us. In Trust in Me, Sophie McKenzie, asks 'when friends tell lies, who can you trust?' In Tamar Cohen's The Broken, the plot pivots on the question 'when close friends split, whose side should you be on?' while Jane Lythell's The Lie of You focuses on obsession, jealousy, and lying to those you love.

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Tamar Cohen is a freelance journalist. A late starter to fiction (and to other things besides), The Broken is her fourth novel; her previous three novels, The Mistress's Revenge, The War of the Wives, and Someone Else's Wedding, are also published by Doubleday. She is a Writer in Residence at Kingston University and lives in North London with her partner and three (nearly) grown children, plus one very badly behaved dog.

Jane Lythell is a writer and television producer. She has worked for TV-am, Thames, Granada and BSB before becoming Deputy Director of the British Film Institute and then Chief Executive of BAFTA. She co-wrote a biography of Doris Day for the BFI titled Move Over Misconceptions: Doris Day Reappraised. The Lie of You is her debut novel and she is now writing novels full time.

Sophie McKenzie writes for adults and children. She has worked as a journalist and a creative writing teacher, and now writes full time. She is the author of over fifteen novels for children and teenagers including the multi-award winning Girl, Missing and Sister, Missing. She has tallied up numerous award wins and has twice been long listed for the prestigious Carnegie Medal. Her first novel for adults, Close My Eyes, was a Richard and Judy Bookclub pick.

Peter Guttridge is a novelist, critic, writing teacher and a chairperson/interviewer at a wide range of literature festivals and events. He is a former Director of the Brighton Literature Festival and for eleven years - until 2011 - was the Observer newspaper's crime fiction critic. He is the author of ten novels, two works of non-fiction and numerous short stories.

Book Bites

Book Bites

Tuesday 16 September
12-12.30pm

This is no charge for this event. 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.

Digital Publishing

Digital Publishing

With Richard Foreman

Tuesday 16 September
12.30-1.30pm
£8

Author, publicity agent and digital publisher Richard Foreman will draw on his varied career in virtually every aspect of the book world to answer questions on a number of topics such as obtaining an agent, the growth of ebooks and writing and promoting yourself as an author.

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Publisher Richard Foreman is the founder and director of Chalke Authors, a freelance publicity agency. He has worked with a number of bestselling authors, including William Dalrymple, Simon Sebag Montefiore and Kate Williams. He also set up Endeavour Press (www.endeavourpress.com), the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books, in February 2012 with Matthew Lynn, thriller writer and financial journalist.

Richard is also a bestselling author and has written a number of successful books, such as his series of crime novellas based on E.W.Hornung's Raffles, as well as the Sword of Rome and Sword of Empire historical fiction series. He has also authored two works of literary fiction set during World War Two, Warsaw and A Hero of Our Time.

Tell The Girl

Tell The Girl

Sandra Howard talks to
Melissa Katsoulis

Tuesday 16 September
12.30-1.30pm
£8

From her experiences as a top model, Sandra Howard weaves together a fascinating past and a present full of emotional turmoil. She takes us into the world she knew so well, of glamour, style and high society, but where, below the surface, extravagance, insecurity and infidelity run rife.

Howard's fifth novel is a scintillating roman a clef, set in swinging '60s London and the present day, recalling a life of glamour and style and haute couture.

Lusciously detailed, a ravishing read and gorgeous in every way.
Joanna Lumley

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Sandra Howard has quickly established herself as a successful commercial novelist. Married to the former leader of the Conservative Party, Michael Howard, she was also, in the l960s, one of the UK's leading fashion models. Tell the Girl is her fifth novel.

Melissa Katsoulis is a journalist and writer. She has written for The Times, where she also worked on the books desk, the Sunday Telegraph, the Financial Times, The Tablet and the Ham and High.

The Temporary Bride:<br>A Memoir of Food and Love in Iran

The Temporary Bride:
A Memoir of Food and Love in Iran

Jennifer Klinec talks to Jo Kessel

Tuesday 16 September
12.30-1.30pm
£8

In her thirties, Jennifer Klinec abandons a corporate job to launch a cooking school from her London flat. Her quest leads her to Iran where, hair discreetly covered and eyes modest, she is introduced to a local woman who teaches her the secrets of the Persian kitchen. Vahid, her son, unused to seeing an independent woman, feels a compelling attraction which pulls them together and then pits them against harsh Iranian laws and customs.

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Jennifer Klinec was raised in Canada by Hungarian-Croatian parents. She now lives and works in London.

Jo Kessel qualified as a barrister before moving into journalism, working for the BBC and reporting and presenting for ITV on holiday, consumer and current affairs programmes. She writes for several national UK newspapers including the Daily Mail, the Telegraph, the Guardian and the Express and was the anonymous author of the Independent's hit column: Diary of a Primary School Mum. She has written two contemporary romance novels: Lover in Law and Weak at the Knees. Her third, Now is our Time, is being released September 2014.

From Behind The Mask

From Behind The Mask

Pam Warren talks to Carissa Bub

Tuesday 16 September
12.30-1.30pm
£8
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED.

The harrowing image of Pam Warren's charred and swollen face encased in a plastic mask became the grim incarnation of the tragedy that was the Paddington Rail Crash of 1999. Almost 15 years later, "the lady in the mask" tells her inspirational and heart-rending story. Pam tells how the crash impacted her life, how it affected the relationships with those closest to her, how it changed the way she views the world, and how it enabled her to reinvent herself and become a new person.

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In October 1999, Pam Warren's life as a financial advisor was turned on its head when she was severely injured in the Paddington Rail Crash. Following the crash, Pam became the leading spokesperson for improving rail safety and her tenacity helped bring about landmark changes in rail safety. Pam now uses her experiences to help others who have been affected by disfigurement or burns and has become an inspiration to many and has returned to the workforce as a project manager.

Carissa Bub is a former broadcast journalist turned professional coach. She reported for the BBC on The World Tonight, The World Service and Human Rights Human Wrongs, and reported and presented the flagship news programme Channel Television in Jersey. Carissa founded her first business in 2002 and is a Faculty member of CRRGlobal, a leading training institution for Relationship and Systems Coaching.

Dispelling the Myth of Victorian Respectability

Dispelling the Myth of Victorian Respectability

Kate Colquhoun & Claudia Renton
Talk to Trudy Gold & Patrick Bade

Tuesday 16 September
12.30-1.30pm
£8

Two writers who have looked at the dark, decadent side of Victorian society discuss the truth behind the façade with historian Trudy Gold and Christie's Patrick Bade. Colquhoun's Did She Kill Him? is the story of the sensational murder trial of Florence Maybrick that gripped Victorian society while Renton's Those Wild Wyndhams: Three Sisters At The Heartland Of Power tells how three sisters, painted by John Singer Sergeant in 1899, came to epitomize the leisured, gilded, existence of the late Victorian aristocracy that was dealt a deathblow by the First World War.

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Kate Colquhoun's previous non-fiction titles were shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize 2004 and long listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2003. Her most recent book Mr Briggs' Hat was shortlisted for the 2011 CWA Daggers: Non-fiction Prize. As well as writing for several newspapers and magazines, she appears regularly on national radio and television.

Claudia Renton gained a First at Oxford and was awarded the Gibbs Book Prize for Modern History. Now a practising barrister, she has also enjoyed a career as an actress, appearing with the RSC and at the National Theatre. She is co-author of Heroes with Simon Sebag Montefiore and was identified as one of the Guardian's 'new history girls' and one of Vogue's 'Bright Stars' of the next decade. She lives in London.

Trudy Gold is senior historian and executive Director of Education at the London Jewish Cultural Centre.

Patrick Bade, an author and a senior tutor at Christie's Education Department, has also taught for the Prison Service, RADA and The Royal Opera House. He has contributed to programmes on Classic FM and Radio 4.

Book Bites

Book Bites

Tuesday 16 September
1.30-2pm

This is no charge for this event. 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.

Baking, Holidays & Secrets<br>On The Road To Romance

Baking, Holidays & Secrets
On The Road To Romance

With Jenny Colgan, Jane Costello &
Lisa Jewell

Tuesday 16 September
2-3pm
£8

A feast of writing from three of Britain's best known authors of women's fiction. In The Little Beach Street Bakery, a deliciously funny, heart-warming and inspirational read, award winning author Jenny Colgan asks us whether baking can mend a broken heart. Hilarious and uplifting by turns, The Time of Our Lives, a holiday romp with a heart is bestselling author Jane Costello at her romantic best. Lisa Jewell pulls at our heartstrings as The Third Wife reveals that everyone has secrets and secrets have consequences.

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Jenny Colgan is the author of fourteen bestselling novels - most recently The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris and the Top 5 bestseller Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams, which won the RNA Romantic Comedy Novel Award 2013. Meet Me at the Cupcake Café was also a Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller, and won the Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance 2012.

Jane Costello is the top ten best-selling author of seven novels, including Bridesmaids, Girl On The Run and her latest book, The Time Of Our Lives. Jane was a newspaper journalist before she became an author, working on titles including the Liverpool Echo, The Daily Mail and the Liverpool Daily Post, where she was Editor. Jane's first novel, Bridesmaids, was a Heatseeker Number One and The Nearly-Weds was named by the Romantic Novelists' Association on its 50th anniversary in 2010 as Romantic Comedy of the Year. She continues to write for a variety of publications and her articles have appeared in The Guardian, Marie Claire, The Sunday Telegraph and Bella. Jane lives in Liverpool with her partner Mark and three young sons. She is currently working on her eighth 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, the bestselling debut novel of 1998. Ten bestselling novels later, Lisa 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.

The Self-Portrait: A Cultural History

The Self-Portrait: A Cultural History

With James Hall

Tuesday 16 September
2-3pm
£8

The self-portrait has become the defining visual genre of our confessional age, but modern artists are far from the first to have exploited its power and potential. Art historian and critic James Hall's intelligent and vivid account shows how artists' depictions of themselves have been part of a continuing tradition that reaches back for centuries. Throughout, Hall asks why - and when - artists have chosen to make self-portraits, and looks deeply into the worlds and mindsets of the artists who have created them.

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James Hall is an art historian, lecturer and broadcaster, and is a visiting research fellow at the University of Southampton. He gained his MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and his PhD at the University of Cambridge. Formerly chief art critic of the Sunday Correspondent and The Guardian, he contributes to a number of publications, including The Times Literary Supplement, Wall Street Journal and The Art Newspaper.

Hall is the author of four critically acclaimed books including The World as Sculpture: The Changing Status of Sculpture from the Renaissance to the Present Day and The Sinister Side: How Left-Right Symbolism Shaped Western Art.

How To Age

How To Age

With Anne Karpf

Tuesday 16 September
2-3pm
£8

Writer, journalist and broadcaster, Anne Karpf addresses an issue that will affect us all - ageing. She argues that if we can recognize growing older as an inevitable part of the human condition, then the great challenge of ageing turns out to be none other than the challenge of living. You can resist ageism without fighting ageing - embracing ageing can enrich our lives. This is a deep and thoughtful look at what it means to age, how to do it well and why we care?

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Anne Karpf is a writer, medical sociologist and award-winning journalist. She has been a contributing editor to Cosmopolitan, and wrote a weekly column for the family pages of the Guardian, to which she now contributes columns on social, political and cultural issues. She also writes for the Independent on Sunday and other publications. A regular broadcaster, she writes and presents for BBC Radio 4, and is the author of three books, including The Human Voice (Bloomsbury, 2007). She is Reader in Writing and Cultural Inquiry at London Metropolitan University.

Simon & Schuster Selects

Simon & Schuster Selects

Jason Hewitt & Sophia Tobin talk to Lloyd Shepherd

Tuesday 16 September
2-3pm
£8

Publishers Simon and Schuster have selected three of their favourite books of the season. Eerie, thrilling and piercingly sad, Hewitt's The Dynamite Room evokes the great tradition of war classics yet achieves a strikingly original and contemporary resonance. Debut novelist Tobin's The Silversmith's Wife, set in 1792, is rich, intricate and beautifully told - a story of murder, love and buried secrets and Shepherd, author of The English Monster, creates his most ambitious historical thriller to date. A riveting tale of witches, madness and murder.

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Jason Hewitt is an author, playwright and actor. His plays have been performed at The Cockpit, Courtyard and Bush Theatres and his latest is supported by The Old Vic and will be performed at the next Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He has acted in numerous plays including The Merchant of Venice and King Lear (Directed by Jonathan Miller). The Dynamite Room is his first novel after having gained distinction in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University.

Sophia Tobin worked for a Bond Street antique dealer for six years, specialising in silver and jewellery. Inspired by research she made into a real life eighteenth-century silversmith, Tobin began to write The Silversmith's Wife which was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize, judged by Sophie Hannah. She is currently Library Secretary for the Worshipful Company of Goldsmith's and lives in London with her husband. This is her first novel.

Lloyd Shepherd, a former journalist and digital producer, has worked for the Guardian, Channel 4, the BBC and Yahoo. Author of The English Monster he has recently published his most ambitious historical thriller to date, Savage Magic, a riveting tale of witches, madness and murder.

Hegarty on Creativity:<br>There Are No Rules

Hegarty on Creativity:
There Are No Rules

With John Hegarty

Tuesday 16 September
6.45-7.45pm
£10

One of the UK's most famous advertising creatives John Hegarty, reveals his 50 provocative insights to the process of creating great advertising. His deceptively simple titles - Ideas, Storytelling, Ego, Money, Technology - are as important as those which address the complexity of modern life, such as dealing with cynics at work, following fashion or innovating, channelling your anger, fretting about timing or being original.

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John Hegarty, one of the world's most famous advertising creatives, believes that irreverence and its power to challenge and question gives his creativity energy and makes it stand out. He has spent the past 40 years working with some of the best creative minds, including filmmakers, musicians, writers, illustrators, photographers and designers. Founding Creative Partner of Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH), he has received, among other awards, the D&AD President's Award for outstanding achievement and the International Clio Award. He is a member of The One Club of the New York Creative Hall of Fame.

Thomas Cromwell

Thomas Cromwell

With Tracy Borman

Tuesday 16 September
6.45-7.45pm
£10

Historian and broadcaster, Tracy Borman, joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces based at the Tower of London, is perfectly placed to tell the story of the real Wolf Hall in this definitive biography of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII's most trusted servant. Often reviled as a Machiavellian schemer, Cromwell was also a loving family man and a witty and generous host. With new insights into Cromwell's character, Borman, examines the life, loves and legacy of the man who changed the shape of England forever.

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Tracy Borman is Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust and joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces. She is the author of a number of highly acclaimed books, including: Matilda: Wife of the Conqueror, First Queen of England, Elizabeth's Women: The Hidden Story of the Virgin Queen and Witches: A Tale of Sorcery, Scandal and Seduction. Tracy is also a regular broadcaster and public speaker.

The Killers of the King<br>The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I

The Killers of the King
The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I

Charles Spencer talks to Antonia Fraser

Tuesday 16 September
8.30-9.30pm
£12
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

This event is sponsored by Berg Kaprow Lewis.

What happened to the fourscore men who dared to kill a king? In January 1649, the King of England, Charles I, was executed, sentenced to death by a tribunal of mainly military men. Historian Charles Spencer and award winning historian Lady Antonia Fraser will discuss what happened when the Restoration arrived and retribution was brought against those who prosecuted, condemned, or oversaw the execution of the king. From men who returned to the monarchist cause and betrayed their fellow regicides to those that fled the country in an attempt to escape their gruesome punishment.

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Charles Spencer was educated at Eton College and obtained his degree in Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford. He is the author of four books, including the Sunday Times bestseller Blenheim: The Battle for Europe (shortlisted for History Book of the Year, National Book Awards) and Prince Rupert: The Last Cavalier.

Antonia Fraser is the author of many widely acclaimed historical works which have been international bestsellers. The prizes she has won include the Wolfson Award for History and the Norton Medlicott Medal of the Historical Association. She has been President of English PEN, chairman of the Society of Authors, and chairman of the Crime Writers' Association. Antonia Fraser was made DBE in 2011 for services to literature. She was married to Harold Pinter who died in 2008. Her previous books include Mary Queen of Scots, Cromwell: Our Chief of Men, King Charles II, The Gunpowder Plot: Terror and Faith in 1605, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, The Weaker Vessel, Warrior Queens, Love and Louis XIV, Must You Go? My Life with Harold Pinter, and most recently Perilous Question: The Drama of the Great Reform Bill 1832.