Category Archives: Books

Philippe Sands discusses East West Street 24th May at Lutyens and Rubinstein

From Lutyens: “When human rights lawyer Philippe Sands received an invitation to deliver a lecture in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, he began to uncover a series of extraordinary historical coincidences. It set him on a quest that would … Continue reading

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An Evening with Jonathan Franzen : Intelligence Squared September 30th

From Intelligence Squared: ‘If there is one English-language writer today with the ambition and talent to make the literary novel seem truly meaningful again, both as a vehicle of mass entertainment and as a serious record of our times, it … Continue reading

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Good evening, Vietnam-Asia House Literary Festival May 13th

Asia House has great lineup at its literary festival this month including May 13th’s debate “How much does the Vietnam War still dominate current discourse and writing on Vietnam?” Three writers will debate this issue. From Asia House: “US-Vietnamese author … Continue reading

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Alexandra Fuller discusses Leaving Before the Rains Come at Lutyens & Rubinstein, March 3rd

Alexandra Fuller’s first book, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, was an evocative memoir of growing-up in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia in the 1970s and 1980s whichwas published to great critical acclaim in 2001.  Fuller’s funny, heart-breaking and unflinching … Continue reading

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howto: Understand Lawrence of Arabia, October 7th

I’m currently immersed in Scott Anderson’s Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East and so am eager to attend the Howto Academy’s–howto: Understand Lawrence of Arabia featuring Anthony Sattin, author of Young … Continue reading

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5×15 Spring Season Announced

5×15 which brings together 5 outstanding individuals to tell of their lives, passions and inspirations–for 15 minutes each–has announced its spring season which includes Ian McEwan, Claire Tomalin, Lynn Barber, Miranda Carter, Ben Macintyre and many more.    If time or … Continue reading

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Charleston Festival -May 16th to May 26th 2014

Loyal reader ED, introduced me to the Charleston Festival and there are a number of events which sound interesting.      A brief list of what i’d like to see:   Jung Chang discussing Empress Dowager Cixi Eileen Atkins’ dramatised reading of … Continue reading

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Ben Macintyre on A Spy Among Friends at Lutyens & Rubinstein March 25th

From L&R: From the best-selling author of Operation Mincemeat and Double Cross, Ben Macintyre’s A Spy Among Friends is a penetrating portrait of the double agent Kim Philby, notoriously the most successful provider of secret intelligence to the Soviet Union … Continue reading

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Shakespeare In Love opens in West End this summer

Tickets are on sale today for Shakespeare in Love.  The show is  based on the oscar  film and will premiere in the West End in July.  The cast has not yet been announced. From the theatre: “Promising young playwright Will … Continue reading

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Stephen Grosz on The Examined Life February 27th at Daunt Books

If you missed the excellent talk psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz gave at 5×15 recently, you have another chance to hear him at  Daunt Books, Marylebone High Street. “With deceptive simplicity and gentle wisdom, Grosz teases out a lesson or chases down … Continue reading

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Hunting the Hunters: At War with the Whalers at Bloomsbury Institute January 23rd

Laurens de Groot will discuss his war against the Japanese whaling fleet. Laurens gave up his career as a high ranking detective with the Dutch police to risk his life with Sea Shepherd protecting whales. Roger Harrabin, the BBC’s Environment … Continue reading

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The Triumph and Tragedy of Raoul Wallenberg January 30th

  From the Weiner Library: “One of the most remarkable stories of World War II – that of the Swedish businessman and diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who worked to protect many thousands among Budapest’s Jewish community from deportation to Auschwitz – will be … Continue reading

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The War that Ended Peace, Daunt Books November 21st

An abundance of World War I reads are in my ever-growing pile and Macmillan’s book will make it one taller. From Daunt: “Margaret MacMillan wrote Peacemakers, the prize-winning account of the events that led up to the signing of the … Continue reading

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October 10th Hear about Great Britain’s Great War by Jeremy Paxman | Celebrity Speakers | National Army Museum, London

Hosted by the Army & Navy Club,  36-39 Pall Mall, London, Greater London SW1Y 5JN Dining from 5.30pm Using a wealth of first-hand source material, renowned broadcaster Jeremy Paxman gives us an image of what life was actually like for … Continue reading

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The Cheapside Hoard: London’s Lost Jewels at London Museum October 11-April 27

This October, the Museum of London will open a major new exhibition investigating the secrets of the Cheapside Hoard. This extraordinary and priceless treasure of late 16th and early 17th century jewels and gemstones – displayed in its entirety for … Continue reading

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Hanns and Rudolf: The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz, Wiener library October 28th

According to my reliable book source SL, Hanns and Rudolf is an excellent read:  the extraordinary true story of the German Jew who tracked down and caught the Kommandant of Auschwitz.  Thomas Harding, the author  and journalist who has written for … Continue reading

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New 5×15 stories on December 2nd

5×15 has  announced that Jung Chang, the author of Wild Swans,  will be be one of the speakers for a special 5×15 on December 2nd. She’ll be joined by Cornelia Parker, Michael Rosen, Thomasina Miers and David Spiegelhalter.            5x15stories Telegraph … Continue reading

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Brook Green Festival of Books – November

As part of the Brook Green Festival, Max Hastings will discuss his new book Catastrphe– a new account of the war’s origins. Max is also writing and presenting a documentary on the outbreak of the war to be broadcast on … Continue reading

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Persephone Lecture on November 28th

Persephone reprints neglected fiction and non-fiction by mid-twentieth century writers.  To mark the publication of The Squire by Edith Bagnold, the Ninth Persephone Lecture will be given by the noted biographer Anne Sebba on Thursday November 28th at the October Gallery … Continue reading

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New 5X15 event on July 1st

5×15 has just added one more evening before the summer. The speakers will include  Alan Johnson, Claire Messud, Deborah Levy, Marcus du Sautoy and the fabulous Beau Lotto. 5X15 Tickets and Information | TicketWeb.

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