Method in the Madness

Method in the Madness

Humans are under pressure. We live in a world of paradoxes: where consumerism goes hand in hand with concern over the environment; and pressure to live well and look good contends with our ability to pay for the basics of food, heat and shelter. During the pandemic, many of us sacrificed our mental health to safeguard our physical health, and levels of anxiety and depression have never been greater. In this series, we welcome authors who have penned their personal mental health journeys, as well as those who offer refreshing solutions to some of the issues affecting our wellbeing today.

 

Nihal Arthanayake: A Little More Conversation

Saturday 13 August 19:30 - 20:30

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TV presenter and BBC Radio 5 Live broadcaster Nihal Arthanayake has made a career out of difficult conversations. But according to him, we have lost the ability to talk to each other and it is hindering our happiness and social cohesion. Drawing on...
 

Meg Mason: Femme Fatalistic

Sunday 14 August 15:45 - 16:45

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Meg Mason’s breakout bestselling novel of love, family and mental health, Sorrow and Bliss, was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and dubbed ‘the book you have to read this summer’ by the Evening Standard. Comparisons have arisen to...
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Priestdaddy memoirist, poet, editor and Twitter sensation: Patricia Lockwood has assumed many mantles in her career yet is not defined by any of them. Her debut novel has achieved this same feat. No One is Talking About This is the story of a...
 

Amy Bloom: Till Death Us Do Part

Monday 15 August 16:30 - 17:30

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The last time American author Amy Bloom came to the Book Festival in 2014 to talk about Lucky Us, she travelled with her husband Brian. In 2020 they made a very different kind of journey together – to Switzerland where Brian was helped by Dignitas to...
 

Sam Knight: Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Wednesday 17 August 16:30 - 17:30

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New Yorker writer Sam Knight uncovers eccentric 1960s attitudes to the human mind in his book The Premonitions Bureau. In 1966, psychiatrist John Barker became interested in whether psychic visions might have helped forewarn people of the tragic...
 

Andy West: Freedom of Thought

Wednesday 17 August 18:30 - 19:30

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Andy West teaches philosophy in prisons. His debut, The Life Inside, is an account of his work discussing life’s most significant questions with people living behind bars. West shares compelling metaphysical insights and paints a revealing picture of...
 

Sidarta Ribeiro: Why Do We Dream?

Thursday 18 August 14:15 - 15:15

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Dreams have been a favourite topic of psychology for a long time – but advances in biochemistry and neuroscience now confirm that dreams are more important than we might think. The Oracle of Night leads us on a grand-scale investigation through...
 

Georgi Gospodinov: Time is Out to Get Us

Friday 19 August 10:30 - 11:30

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Thomas Mann argued there’s nothing ‘actual’ about time: humans don’t possess an organ that can sense it. Award-winning Bulgarian novelist Georgi Gospodinov plays with this idea in Time Shelter, beautifully translated into English by Angela...
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Leading human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith was brought up by an obsessive man. Following his father’s death, through his letters, Stafford Smith uncovered a picture of someone deeply troubled. In The Far Side of the Moon he sets what he learned...