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For fans of The Crown: After a two-course lunch with a glass of wine, Andrew Lownie introduces you to the Traitor King. Few books tell the story of what happened after the Duke and Duchess of Windsor supposedly walked into the sunset after the abdication, even though he had another thirty-six years to live and his wife fifty. Traitor King looks at the years when the former king was kept in exile, feuding with his family over status for his wife and denied any real job. Drawing on extensive research into hitherto unused archives and Freedom of Information requests, Andrew makes the case that the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were not the naïve dupes of the Germans but actively intrigued against Britain in both war and peace.
Andrew Lownie FRHS, former visiting fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge; trustee of the Campaign for Freedom of Information and President of The Biographers’ Club, runs his own literary agency. He has written for The Times, Telegraph, Wall Street Journal, Spectator and Guardian. Other books: Sunday Times best-seller The Mountbattens, Stalin’s Englishman and John Buchan.
John Holmes sets out the history of the campaign to build the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and takes us on a tour of the art in it: inspired by John Ruskin, the architect John Woodward and the Oxford scientists worked with leading Pre-Raphaelite artists on the design and decoration of the Museum.
‘[John Holmes] uncovers, with élan, the history, artistry, and wider significance of this quite extraordinary Gesamtkunstwerk’ Elizabeth Prettejohn, Professor of History of Art, University of York.
John Holmes, Professor of Victorian Literature and Culture at the University of Birmingham, is author of Darwin’s Bards, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Late Victorian Sonnet Sequence and The Pre-Raphaelites and Science.
‘a stimulating book…impeccable editing and design.’ Art Newspaper
With thanks to Court Barn Museum, Church St, Chipping Campden
Opening: 10am-5pm Tues – Sun
Doors open 6.30pm TOKE’S Bar
Paula Byrne reveals Barbara Pym’s private diaries and intimate letters, offering a first full insight into the novelist’s life and how it informed her writing. Pym to friends. Miss Pym in her diaries. Sandra in seduction mode. Pymska at her most sophisticated. Barbara Pym revealed the inner workings of domestic life brilliantly. By her seventh novel Pym was deemed old-fashioned but, with a little help from her most ardent fans and friends including Philip Larkin, her work resurfaced, bringing her astounding, resounding love and acclaim in the last years of her life.
A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week
‘Excellent cradle to grave biography’ The Guardian
‘clamouring to read the work of its subject … after reading this brilliant life’ Caroline Sanderson The Bookseller
‘warm, funny … and deeply moving. I defy any reader not to cry. Quietly of course.’ Isabel Berwick The Financial Times
Paula Byrne FRSA, born in Birkenhead, third daughter in a large working class Catholic family, is founder and lead practitioner of ReLit, the charity for literature and mental health, and was a judge for
the 2018 Costa Book Awards. She has written six highly acclaimed works of nonfiction including biographies of Jane Austen (one shortlisted for the Theatre Book Prize); Kathleen Kennedy; and Evelyn
Waugh (a Sunday Times top ten bestseller and in the US serialized in Vanity Fair). Her novels are Blonde Venus and Look To Your Wife. Paula is currently writing a book about Thomas Hardy’s women.
This event is sponsored by Cotswold House Hotel and Spa
Doors open 8pm TOKE’S Bar
To mark the 200th anniversary of the death of John Keats and one hundred years on from the decade defined by F.Scott Fitzgerald, The Jazz Age, in Plutarch’s age-old model of biography, Jonathan Bate recreates the two shining, tragic lives in parallel, reflecting on what these two greatest of writers meant as the young Romantic figures of their twinned centuries, why they endure, and how Fitzgerald was profoundly influenced by Keats, titling Tender is the Night and other works from the poet’s lines.
‘plenty to take pleasure in’ Rachel Cooke The Guardian
Jonathan Bate CBE, FBA, FRSL, the youngest person ever to have been knighted for services to literary scholarship, is Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University, where he was formerly Provost of Worcester College, and Foundation Professor of Environmental Humanities at Arizona State University. He has served on the Board of the RSC, broadcast for the BBC, and written for The Guardian, Times, Telegraph, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and TLS. His numerous works on Shakespeare include Soul of The Age (runner up for the PEN American Biography Award) and The Genius of Shakespeare. He has also written award-winning biographies of John Clare and Ted Hughes; on nature and poetry: The Song of the Earth; a one-man play for Simon Callow Being Shakespeare; and a selection of his own poems The Shepherd’s Hut with all royalties going to ReLit.
Principal sponsor for this event is Shuttlefish Creative Tel 01386 335547