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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.

Rory MacLean

Portrait of the 20th Century

Tuesday 22 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Rory MacLean, the acclaimed author of Berlin: Imagine a City, returns with both a visual and literary landscaping of the 20th century. Pictures of You presents 10 amateur photographs from the Archive of Modern Conflict, one from each decade, which sent...

Oliver Emanuel & Rory MacLean with Gerard DeGroot

History, Truth and the Spaces Inbetween

Wednesday 23 August 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Good history can be mistaken for its faithfulness to the facts but purely factual history is often deadly dull and incomplete. The assumption is that facts are the opposite of lies, yet it's much more complicated. Join history professor Gerard DeGroot...

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