Buxton International Festival will be setting the news agenda again in November when Lib Dem Leader Sir Vince Cable heads a Book Weekend (November 24 – 26) packed with talks from leading opinion-formers, historians and stars from television, radio and the stage. And although Sir Vince will be speaking in November about his debut as a thriller writer, audiences will be on the edge of their seats to hear the latest twist in his campaign to avoid a hard Brexit – or even any Brexit at all.
Tony Robinson, of Blackadder and Time Team fame, will reveal the secrets of a career which has seen him knighted by Prince William and thrown into the River Thames by John Wayne.
BBC Radio Two chat show host Jeremy Vine will say what he’s learnt from his 25,000 callers and why we should listen to them, and Tim Bentinck, the man behind the voice of Radio Four’s David Archer, will talk about how his real life is even more fascinating than his on-air character.
Alison Weir, the biggest-selling female historian in the UK who has published twenty-three titles and sold more than 2.7 million books, will talk about her latest work, Queens of the Conquest, which strips away centuries of romantic mythology and prejudice to reveal the lives of England’s queens in the century after the Norman invasion.
Ancient and modern times will collide in Watling Street, a journey by John Higgs along a road which runs not only across England but also from prehistory to today, taking in Thomas a Beckett’s murder, Dick Turpin, Batman and the mystical origins of Milton Keynes along the way.
Controversial Daily Mail columnist Simon Heffer will describe a divided Britain obsessed with the entertainment industry, fighting terrorism and reeling from a mismanaged war in The Age of Decadence at the turn of a century – not The Noughties, but the 1900s.
A rake-on-the-make in London, the top society-portrait painter and a friend of royalty were just some of the all faces of Gainsborough: A Portrait, brought to life in a new biography by James Hamilton, who will talk about this chameleon of art.
And Wire in the Blood creator Val McDermid dares you to sit down with fellow authors famous for their inventive ways of killing people at The Crime Writers’ Lunch. They include Denise Mina, who wrote the Garnethill, Paddy Meehan and Alex Morrow series, and Sarah Ward, who talks about bringing detective fiction to the Derbyshire Peak District in novels including In Bitter Chill and her latest, A Patient Fury, featuring Detective Constable Connie Childs.
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Tickets for the Buxton festival Book Weekend can be obtained from the Buxton Opera House Box Office on 01298 72190.
Finally, there’s the ever-popular Crime Writers lunch at the Old Hall Hotel, featuring talks from three of Britain’s Queens of Crime – Val McDermid, Denise Mina and Sarah Ward. 12 noon until 3pm on Sunday 26th November. Tickets are £40.00. To book your luncheon please contact the Box Office on 01298 72190. To view the menu click here.