Naoko Abe presents her elegant life of Collingwood ‘Cherry’ Ingram, the Englishman who saved Japanese blossoms (sakura). She includes an account of the final hours of the young Kamikaze pilots in
WWII, revealing how ‘the military regime… used the cherry blossom as part of its perverted ideology’. Her book references local connections including Campden’s Ernest Wilson, Batsford Arboretum and
Hidcote Manor Garden.
BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week
‘You may never look at cherry blossom in the same way again’ The Economist
‘deeply moving book — beautifully written’ The Spectator
‘fascinating, a treat for gardeners, cherry-growers and historians.’ The Financial Times
Naoko Abe, a journalist on the Mainichi, first woman political writer to cover the prime minister’s office, the foreign ministry and the defence ministry, in 1990 represented Japan at the International Women in
Journalism conference in Washington. Now a freelance journalist/writer in London, her essays include a 15-month series about the ‘history of flowers’ in the Mainichi. Lucy and the Daffodils, voted one of
Japan’s best essays of 2011 by Bungei Shunju, was re-published in the book Ningen Wa Sugoina (Amazing Human Beings).
This event is sponsored by Geoffrey and Kathryn White, Westcote House
Richard Fortey as a boy taught himself biology by studying the natural world around him and worked in Palaeontology at the Natural History Museum. He discusses his inspiring memoir with Peter Marren, co-author of one of the best nature books of 2020, The Consolation of Nature: Spring in the Time of Coronavirus.
Richard Fortey FRS, FRSL is the recipient of the Frink Medal, Michael Faraday Prize and Lewis Thomas Prize for Science Writing and the silver medal of the Zoological Society for science communication. His many books include The Hidden Landscapes (Natural World Book of the Year 1994), Trilobite! (shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize) and Life (a New York Times Book of the Year). He has appeared in David Attenborough’s television programmes and presented many programmes including the BBC Four series Survivors, The Magic of Mushrooms and Nature’s Wonderlands.
Peter Marren, who has been a devoted flower finder all his life, had a column in Countryman; was the thirty-year old cult ‘Twitcher in the Swamp’ column in British Wildlife; has written for most national newspapers, and led wild-life tours in Europe. His over twenty books include Bugs Britannica, The New Naturalists (History of Natural History’s Thackray Medal), Britain’s Rare Flowers, Nature Conservation, Rainbow Dust and Chasing the Ghost.
This event is sponsored by Campden BRI Science and Technology for the food and drink industry
Ysenda Maxtone Graham and Michael Henderson share stories of life lived at a slower pace with Richard Postins, Chair of Chipping Campden Cricket Club.
British Summertime Begins, a Sunday Times Top Ten Best Seller and Book of the Year
‘unbearably touching … tales of children; their vulnerability, their talents, their dreams.’ Tanya Gold The Oldie
‘Almost every page of this glorious book triggers a Proustian rush of recollection’ Allison Pearson The Telegraph
‘a wonderful portrait of long summer weeks when so many of us,…found our true selves through play’ Daily Mail
Michael Henderson’s book pays homage to the last season of county cricket before the introduction in 2020 of a new tournament, The Hundred.
‘A rich roast dinner of cricket, music, topography, nostalgia and anecdote, washed down with prose as smooth and satisfying as a pint of Harvey’s Sussex Best.’ Sebastian Faulks
Ysenda Maxtone Graham is a features writer, book reviewer and columnist for many publications. Her other books include Terms & Conditions, The Church Hesitant and The Real Mrs Miniver (Whitbread
biography prize shortlist).
Michael Henderson has written for the Guardian, Observer, Times and Daily Mail and was cricket correspondent for the Daily Telegraph. He writes about the arts for the Spectator & New Statesman, and
about cricket for The Cricketer.
With thanks to Chipping Campden Cricket Club
Helena Attlee and Caroline Montague discuss with Caroline Sanderson how, whether fact or fiction, impeccable research makes for a good story.
Helena Attlee’s inspiration is Italy. As well as her many gardening books, Helena is the author of The Sunday Times best seller The Land Where Lemons Grow (2015 Guild of Food Writers Book of the Year and TLS Book of the Year). It was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, as is Lev’s Violin.
‘easy, luminous prose, infused with a deep understanding for the way human value accrues mysteriously in things, and in the act of making them’ Ivan Hewett The Daily Telegraph
Caroline Montague moved to Burnt Norton over twenty years ago and, inspired by the empty pools made famous by TS Eliot in the first of his Four Quartets, wrote an historical novel set there. Her other
titles are: A Paris Secret and An Italian Affair
‘Thoroughly engrossing’ Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey.
Caroline Sanderson is Associate and non-fiction Editor of The Bookseller, co-hosts BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s monthly book club, and is Artistic Director of Stroud Book Festival. She has chaired
events at Cheltenham Literature Festival among many others, and her five non-fiction books include A Rambling Fancy: In the Footsteps of Jane Austen and Someone Like Adele.
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Doors open 6.30pm TOKE’S Bar
Max Hastings, in his signature brilliant style, presents his thrilling account of Operation Pedestal, the gripping story of a critical sea battle and a pivotal moment in WWII, when, in the cruel accountancy of war, the price was worth paying: in 1942 an armada of fifty British ships, painstakingly loaded with food, medical supplies, ammunition and fuel, attempted to fight its way in convoy to Malta the “island fortress” where its 300,000 people could no longer be fed as the Axis attempted to force their surrender. Britain scraped a victory and ensured Malta’s survival – though at the loss of a horrifying number of ships and lives. As always, Max blends the “big picture” of statesmen and admirals with human stories of German U boat men, Italian torpedo-plane crews, Hurricane pilots, destroyer and merchant-ship captains, ordinary but extraordinary seamen.
Max Hastings FRSL, Honorary Fellow of King’s College, London, was knighted in 2002. He was foreign correspondent for the BBC, between 1986 and 2002 he served as editor-in-chief of The Daily Telegraph, then editor of The Evening Standard, and has presented BBC historical documentaries. His twenty-seven books include Bomber Command (Somerset Maugham Award) and All Hell Let Loose (RUSI’s
Westminster Medal and Chicago Pritzker Library’s Literary Award for his contribution to military History), Catastrophe and The Secret War, bestsellers translated around the world.
This event is sponsored by Anthony and Mary Stone
Doors open 8pm TOKE’S Bar
Paul Mason is in conversation with Ian Dunt. Paul’s book offers a radical, hopeful blueprint for resisting and defeating the new far right; a horror that is a recurring nightmare happening now from Modi’s India to Bolsonaro’s Brazil and Erdogan’s Turkey. It is both a chilling portrait of contemporary fascism, and a compelling history of the fascist phenomenon: its psychological roots, political theories and genocidal logic. Ian’s book tells the forgotten story of the advance of liberalism from the English Civil War, and the American and French Revolutions to the clashes between John Maynard Keynes and Friedrich Hayek, and the writing of George Orwell. He traces how the financial crash, identity politics and post-truth have wreaked havoc on liberal values. From the ashes of Covid-19, we have an opportunity to create a fairer, more equal society. To do so, we must ask ourselves: what kind of world do we want to live in? And what are we going to do about it?
Paul Mason is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and film-maker. Previously economics editor of Channel 4 News, his other books include PostCapitalism, Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere: the New Global Revolutions, Live Working or Die Fighting and a novel Rare Earth.
Ian Dunt is the editor of Politics.co.uk and a contributor to various newspaper including the Washington Post, Guardian, Irish Times and Prospect. He is a regular commentator on Sky News, News Night, Any
Questions and LBC and host of the Remainiacs and Bunker podcasts. His 2016 debut book was Brexit: What the Hell Happens Now?