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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.

Simon Ings & Victor Sebestyen

Genius and Folly

Wednesday 16 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

The political and the personal of two Russian leaders. Victor Sebestyen focuses on the women who were in thrall to Lenin: his wife Nadezhda Krupskaya and his mistress Inessa Armand, with whom he had a ménage à trois. Simon Ings traces how Stalin...