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‘Will I really – I mean, really – actually take an axe, start bashing her on the head, smash her skull to pieces?”
Oliver Ready presents his brilliant, modern translation of Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky’s masterpiece. A Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year 2014.
‘a five-star hit, which will make you see the original with new eyes’ A. N. Wilson
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky was born in Moscow in 1821. His novella Poor Folk made his name. In 1849 he was arrested for involvement with the politically subversive ‘Petrashevsky circle’ and until 1854 lived in a convict prison in Siberia. From this experience came The House of the Dead. In 1864, Dostoyevsky completed Notes from Underground and began Crime and Punishment. The major novels of his late period are The Idiot, Demons and The Brothers Karamazov.
Oliver Ready is Research Fellow in Russian Society and Culture at St Antony’s College, Oxford. He is general editor of the anthology The Ties of Blood: Russian Literature from the 21st Century (2008) and Consultant Editor for Russia, Central and Eastern Europe at the Times Literary Supplement.

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Di Alexander interviews the remarkable M. C. Beaton – No 1 most borrowed UK adult author in libraries – on her own life, and on her latest Agatha Raisin novel Pushing Up the Daisies:
‘M.C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy’ The Times
‘A Beaton novel is like The Archers on speed. Along with the everyday story of… [is] a murder or three … to occupy the talents of feisty …Agatha Raisin.’ The Daily Mail
M. C. Beaton, bookseller; theatre critic; fashion editor; crime reporter; chief woman reporter on the Daily Express; and reporter on Rupert Murdoch’s The Star, has written nearly a hundred Regency romances; and four Edwardian, and thirty Hamish MacBeth murder mysteries; and 26 Agatha Raisin novels, now a series on Sky Television. Translated into 15 languages, she’s sold over 15 million copies worldwide.
Di Alexander was a journalist for Cotswold Life, Gloucestershire Life and Wiltshire Life. Her column on Harcombe was a regular feature in The Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard for which she reviewed the first Agatha Raisin novel The Quiche of Death (1992). Di is author of The Other Mitford, The Harcombe Year, and The Circle of Our Lives.

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To include WI tea and cake

Just because it’s fiction doesn’t mean it’s all made up.
Kathryn Harkup celebrates the use of science in the fiction of Agatha Christie, holder of the Guinness World Record as most successful novelist of all time. Kathryn takes one of fourteen different Christie novels in each chapter and investigates the poison/s the murderer used. Why do certain chemicals kill? How do they interact with the body? What is the feasibility of obtaining, and detecting these poisons?
‘fascinating’ The Times
‘superbly captures the texture of Christie’s book’ Daily Mail
‘Has lethal charm’ The Washington Post
Kathryn Harkup after completing a doctorate on her favourite chemicals, phosphenes, for six years ran the outreach in engineering, computing, physics and maths at the University of Surrey, writing talks on science topics that would appeal to bored teenagers. Now a freelance communicator, she delivers talks and workshops on the quirky side of science.

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‘all vulgarity is crime’ [and] ‘Those who have much are often greedy.’ Oscar Wilde
Annie Gray gives us a new perspective on Britain’s now second longest reigning monarch: from her greed to her selfishness at the table, and her indigestion. Relying on food as a lifelong companion, with her when so many others either died or were forced away by political factors, Victoria had a huge impact on the way we all eat today.
The Greedy Queen was runner up in the inaugural Jane Grigson Trust Award 2016.
Annie Gray, after graduating from the University of Oxford, did her MA at the University of York and started her PhD (completed in Liverpool) where she is a research associate. Her core research interests include food and dining in public history (esp. c.1600-1960). Annie is the resident food historian on BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet,
presented Victorian Bakers on BBC2 in 2016, and is a regular contributor to BBC2’s James Martin: Home Comforts. As a food historian on TV she appears with Lucy Worsley, Nigel Slater, Paul Hollywood, Heston Blumenthal and Jay Rayner, among others. Behind the scenes she advises on food and the social history around it, including for the BBC4’s
award-winning Calf’s Head and Coffee.
This afternoon’s events are sponsored by The Campden BRI

Chipping Campden School Hall

Free to full-time students
Doors open 6.30pm TOKE’S Bar

Cluedo (commercially produced in 1949) was the brainchild of Anthony Ernest Pratt. Between the wars Pratt played the piano in country house hotels where he observed the guests participating in murder mystery games.
Adrian Tinniswood in his illustrated account of life in the English country house between the wars uncovers the real truth about a world draped in myth and hidden behind stiff upper lips and film-star-smiles: memoirs, unpublished letters and diaries and the eyewitness testimonies of belted earls, unhappy heiresses and bullying butlers.
‘elegant, encyclopaedic and entertaining history of English country house life’ The Telegraph
‘brilliant book about life in the English country house between 1918 and 1938’ The Observer
Adrian Tinniswood OBE is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Buckingham and a Visiting Fellow in Heritage and History at Bath Spa University, he has worked for and with the National Trust at local, regional and national levels for more than thirty years. He is the author of fourteen books of social and architectural history including the highly praised A Life of Christopher Wren.

Chipping Campden School Hall

Free to full-time students
Doors open 8pm TOKE’S Bar

‘I snapped the switch, but there was nobody there. Then I saw something in the far corner which made me drop my cigar and fall into a cold sweat.’ The Thirty-Nine Steps is one of The Guardian 100 best novels.
Ursula Buchan’s illustrated talk on why her grandfather John Buchan deserves to be remembered. In his famous 1914 spy novel Richard Hannay is thrust into a plot involving the theft of crucial military intelligence by German anarchists and a sinister plot to assassinate the Greek Premier. Never out of print, it has inspired many film and television
‘Like Mr. Hannay himself, the book hits the ground running and barely stops for breath in the course of its 110 pages.’ The Fortnightly Review
‘once you’ve started, you can’t put the book down.’ The Telegraph
Ursula Buchan read History at Cambridge before training as a gardener. For more than 25 years she wrote gardening columns for The Observer, The Sunday Telegraph, The Telegraph and The Spectator. She was Garden Media Guild’s Gardening Columnist of the Year 2011. Her 17 books include A Green and Pleasant Land and Garden People. She’s currently writing a popular life of her grandfather John Buchan.
This evening’s events are sponsored by Cutts of Campden, Ford in The Cotswolds
Tel: 01386 840213
With thanks to TOKE’S Food and Drink Tel: 01386 849345

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