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There are events for just about every age and interest at the Book Festival, bringing readers and writers together for inspiration, entertainment and discussion. Around 1000 authors appear in over 800 events, including novelists, poets, scientists, sportsmen, illustrators, comics creators, historians, musicians, biographers, Nobel and Booker prize-winners and many more besides.

David Bellos

The Novel of the Century

Saturday 26 August 5:45pm - 6:45pm

The writing of Les Misérables was interrupted by a revolution and then by a coup d'etat. Exiled from France, Victor Hugo finished it in the unlikely setting of Guernsey. It was the first novel to have translation rights and the advance offered was...