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Richmond Literature Festival 2012 ~ Andrew Marr, Jack Straw, Prue Leith and more

PUBLISHED: 21:00 30 October 2012 | UPDATED: 22:13 20 February 2013

Richmond Literature Festival 2012 ~ Andrew Marr, Jack Straw, Prue Leith and more

Richmond Literature Festival 2012 ~ Andrew Marr, Jack Straw, Prue Leith and more

Now in its 21st year, the Richmond Literature Festival programme from Thursday November 1 to Friday November 30 features a wide range of authors, commentators and leading figures from politics, journalism, sport, theatre and television

Now in its 21st year, the Richmond Literature Festival programme from Thursday November 1 to Friday November 30 features a wide range of authors, commentators and leading figures from politics, journalism, sport, theatre and television, including Andrew Marr, Jack Straw and Prue Leith. It also celebrates the unique events of 2012 with talks by historian Tracy Borman and Olympic rower Greg Searle. Below are ten of the best events this year





Thursday November 8, 7pm
Prue Leith: Relish - My Life on a Plate
In her revealing memoir, Relish, Prue Leith romps through her South African childhood under apartheid, her passion for food, her loves and losses, the adoption of her Cambodian daughter and her partners bi-polar condition.
Hampton Library, 10/8.50


Monday November 12, 7pm
John Suchet: Beethoven The Man Revealed
You know the music... but do you know the man? In his new book, Beethoven, The Man Revealed, John Suchet brings a new understanding to the difficult and complex character of the worlds greatest composer.
Fellowship Hall, Duke Street Church, 10/8.50


Friday November 16, 7pm
Tracy Borman: The Ring and the Crown A History of Royal Weddings and Celebrations
Not only has Great Britain hosted the Olympics and (almost) had a Wimbledon winner, but Queen Elizabeth IIs Diamond Jubilee was celebrated in June with truly awe-inspiring pomp and pageantry. To mark the passing of one of the most remarkable years in this countrys history, Tracy Borman will bring her dramatic narrative to this special event on 1,000 years of royal weddings and jubilees.
The Weston Room, Hampton Court Palace, 10/8.50


Sunday November 18, 7.30pm
Andrew Marr: A History of the World
Journalist, broadcaster and author of two highly acclaimed and best-selling histories of Great Britain, Andrew Marr now turns his attention to the entire history of human civilization. A History of the World takes readers from our origins in Africa, through global colonization, the emergence of farming, religion and philosophy; from the rise of empires, brutal wars, revolutions and astonishing discoveries and inventions.
Richmond Theatre, 20/17


Monday November 19, 7pm
Greg Searle: If Not Now, When? One mans extraordinary quest for Olympic glory
On Wednesday August 1, 2012, Greg Searle made an incredibly moving come-back in Team GBs mens rowing eight, winning a bronze medal at the London Olympics. This came two decades after his memorable gold medal win at the Barcelona Olympic Games. At the age of twenty, he had become one of the youngest ever recipients of an MBE.
450 Hall, Hampton School, 10/8.50


Tuesday November 20, 7.30pm
Jack Straw: Last Man Standing Memoirs of a Political Survivor
As a small boy in Epping Forest Jack Straw could never have imagined that one day he would become Britains Lord Chancellor. As one of five children of divorced parents he was bright enough to get a scholarship to a direct-grant school, but spent his holidays as a plumbers mate for his uncle to bring in some much-needed extra income. Yet he spent 13 years and 11 days in government, including long and influential spells as Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary. This is the story of how he got there.
Clarendon Hall, York House, 12/10.50


Thursday November 22, 3pm
Jonathan Dimbleby: Destiny in the Desert
Writer, broadcaster and filmmaker, Jonathan Dimblebys latest book, Destiny in the Desert, is a thrilling historical account of the Battle of El Alamein. Describing the political and strategic realities that lay behind the battle he charts the nail-biting months that led to the victory at El Alamein in November 1942.
Duke Street Church, 10/8.50


Thursday November 22, 7pm
Jane Robinson: A Force to be Reckoned With A History of the Womens Institute
Everyone knows three things about the Womens Institute: that they spent the war making jam; that the sensational Calendar Girls were WI and, more recently, that slow-handclapping of Tony Blair. Join Jane Robinson as she discusses her work, A Force to be Reckoned With, he first full independent history of the WI.
The Salon, York House, 7.50/6


Sunday November 25, 2.30pm
Michael Frayn: Skios
An opportunity to hear Michael Frayn speak about his hilarious new novel, Skios which represents a return to farce and portrays the agitation of an ordered world thrown into chaos. This time the multiple cases of mistaken identities and situations are set in a sunny and exclusive Greek resort. Skios was long-listed for this years Man Booker prize.
Orange Tree Theatre, 12


Thursday November 29, 7.30pm
Media: Friend or Foe? Journalist Panel with Sir Trevor McDonald, Matthew Syed & Sarah Tucker
Is the media primarily a force for good or ill? Is it the guarantor of a free society, holding the big beasts of politics and finance to account? Or do revelations of phone hacking and other scandals suggest a culture of corruption at its heart? Does the press have too much power to shape opinion and dictate the political agenda? Or has its influence been fatally weakened by the rise of social media and the web? Do celebrities and public figures receive sufficient protection from media intrusion, or too much?
Clarendon Hall, York House, 12/10.50

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