Come and hear renowned historians Sir Antony Beevor and Dr Piers Brendon talking about Russia, Dame Jenni Murray and Elizabeth Buchan trading stories about famous women and Women’s Hour and Hot Chilli Writer Abir Mukherjee talking with Julie Anderson about crime writing.
All on 15 October!
3 pm – 4pm – Focus on Crime with Abir Mukherjee and Julie Anderson
5pm – 6pm – Dame Jenni Murray interviewed by Elizabeth Buchan
7pm – 8pm – Sir Antony Beevor intervewed by Dr Piers Brendon on Russia
3-4PM – Focus on Crime with Abir Mukherjee and Julie Anderson
Bestselling crime writer and podcaster Abir Mukherjee discusses his series of India-based crime novels with local thriller writer Julie Anderson. Abir Mukherjee is The Times bestselling author of the Wyndham and Banerjee series of crime novels set in Raj-era India, which have sold more than 250,000 copies and been translated into 15 languages. His books have won numerous awards including the CWA Dagger for Best Historical Novel, the Prix du Polar Européen, the Wilbur Smith Award for Adventure Writing and the Amazon Publishing Readers Award for e-book of the year. He also cohosts the popular Red Hot Chilli Writers podcast, where he takes a wry look every fortnight at the world of books, writing and the creative arts, tackling everything from bestsellers to pop culture.
He’ll be talking crime with Clapham-based novelist and co-founder of the Clapham Book Festival, Julie Anderson. Her most recent thriller Opera, the third to feature Cassandra Fortune, was published in September. Before becoming a writer, Julie was a Senior Civil Servant in Whitehall, working for a variety of government departments and other public bodies, including the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. She left the Civil Service in 2012 to concentrate on her ambition to write fiction.
5-6PM – Dame Jenni Murray interviewed by Elizabeth Buchan
Dame Jennifer Susan Murray DBE is an English journalist and broadcaster, best known for presenting BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour from 1987 to 2020. Murray joined BBC Radio Bristol in 1973 before becoming a reporter and presenter for regional TV news programme South Today. She was a newsreader and later one of the presenters of the BBC’s Newsnight for two years from 1983, before moving to BBC Radio 4 to present Today. She took over from Sue MacGregor as presenter of Woman’s Hour in 1987. She has presented BBC Radio 4’s The Message and written for magazines and newspapers including The Guardian, Daily Express and the Daily Mail. She hosted her final Woman’s Hour on 1 October 2020. She has also written many books, flagging her concerns about women’s issues. She’s talking to Clapham-based novelist and co-founder of the Clapham Book Festival, Elizabeth Buchan. Her latest novel in a highly successful writing career of more than twenty novels is Two Women in Rome, a heart-warming story of past and present in the Eternal City, described by the Daily Mail: “This gorgeously written novel has as many twists and shadows as the baroque city in which it is set”.
7-8PM – Sir Antony Beevor interviewed by Dr Piers Brendon on Russia
Two of the UK’s best-known historians Sir Antony Beevor and Dr Piers Brendon discuss Sir Antony’s latest book and insights into Russia. Antony Beevor was educated at Winchester and Sandhurst, where he studied military history under John Keegan. A regular officer with the 11th Hussars, he left the Army after 5 years to write. He has published 4 novels, and 13 books of non-fiction, many of which have been bestsellers. His work has appeared in 34 foreign languages and sold more than 8.5 million copies worldwide. In 2014 he received the Pritzker Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing, and in 2016 the Norton Medlicott Medal for Service to History. He was awarded a knighthood in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List. Dr Piers Brendon is known for historical and biographical works. He was educated at Shrewsbury School and Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he read history. From 1965-1978, he was lecturer in history, then principal lecturer and head of department, at what is now Anglia Ruskin University. Since 1979, he has worked as a freelance writer of books, journalism and for television. These include biographies of Churchill and Eisenhower, general histories of the 1930s and of the British Empire, studies of organisations such as Thomas Cook and the Royal Automobile Club, and essays about eminent Edwardians and (modern) Elizabethans. His latest book is a brief biography of Edward VIII in the Penguin Monarchs series. He has worked on TV documentaries The Churchills and The Windsors, the latter was nominated for a Royal Television Society Award.