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October 2020

Guildford Book Festival

October 4 @ 19:00 - October 11 @ 20:00
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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Guildford Book Festival is back with a full week of events at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, five virtual events, plus two online writing courses. Highlights include Pointless host, Richard Osman, and his new crime novel; Oz Clarke on English wine; Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason on raising her extraordinary musical family; Charles Spencer on a 900-year maritime disaster that changed history; and Gyles Brandreth with an evening of theatrical anecdotes. Plus top fiction from authors such as S J Parris, Charlotte Philby, Alison Weir and Adele Parks.

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Richard Osman: The Thursday Murder Club

October 4 @ 19:00 - 20:00
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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£20

The hugely popular TV producer and presenter of Pointless and House of Games talks about his lifelong love of crime novels and his debut novel, The Thursday Murder Club, to BBC Radio Surrey presenter, Lesley McCabe..

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Susie Dent: Word Perfect

October 5 @ 18:00 - 19:00
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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£17.50

Countdown's wordsmith presents the origins of different words and phrases, one for every day of the year. From the dramatic true story of stealing someone’s thunder and the original Jack the Lad, to the origin of the words freelancer and secretaries, Word Perfect brings life and fun into words and language.

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Alison Weir: Katheryn Howard – The Tainted Queen

October 5 @ 20:00 - 21:00
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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£17.50

Historian Alison Weir returns with a mesmerising novel recounting one of the most tragic tales in English history. At just 19, Katheryn Howard is quick to trust and fall in love. She comes to court and captures the heart of the King. But Katheryn has a past of which he knows nothing. It comes back increasingly to haunt her.

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Olivia Williams: The Secret Life of The Savoy – and the D’Oyly Carte Family

October 6 @ 12:30 - 13:30
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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£12.50

Glamour, scandal and a cast of eccentric characters, Williams entertains us with stories from the life of The Savoy, Britains' first luxury hotel. Opened in 1889 by Richard D'Oyly Carte she follows its history through three generations of the family, through two World Wars, the Jazz Age and the Roaring '20s.

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Julie Summers: Dressed for War – The Story of Audrey Withers, Vogue Editor Extraordinaire

October 6 @ 12:30 - 13:30
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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£12.50

Audrey Withers was a formidable woman. At the helm of British Vogue during World War II she forged a new identity that went far beyond stylish clothes, and set her at odds with Vogue’s editor in New York.

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Charles Spencer: The White Ship

October 6 @ 15:00 - 16:00
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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£12.50

900-years on from the sinking of the White Ship, one of the greatest maritime disasters in English history, Charles Spencer recounts the tragic tale that changed the course of England’s future.

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Spies and Lies with S J Parris and Charlotte Philby

October 6 @ 18:00 - 19:00
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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£17.50

Bestselling authors, S J Parris (aka Stephanie Merritt) and Charlotte Philby, granddaughter of Kim Philby, Britain’s most famous communist double-agent, discuss their gripping novels: Parris' Execution set in the time of Elizabeth I and featuring the heretic, turned spy, Giordano Bruno; and Philby's contemporary thriller, A Double Life. Event hosted by spy action thrller writer, Charles Charles Cumming.

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OZ CLARKE: English Wine – in conversation with Michael Buerk

October 6 @ 20:00 - 21:00
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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£17.50

Britain’s most popular wine writer, Oz Clarke, introduces us to the newest of the New World, New Wave wine countries – England. Long portrayed as a laughing stock English wine has been transformed in the last 30 years from a curiosity to award-winning. From Cornwall to Yorkshire, across Wales and the Surrey Hills, Oz recommends his favourite wines. He will be in conversation with broadcaster, Michael Buerk.

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JAMES NAUGHTIE – On the Road: American Adventures from Nixon to Trump

October 7 @ 20:00 - 21:00
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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£17.50

From Nixon into Trump, accalimed BBC broadcaster James Naughtie, brings his unique and inquisitive eye to the country that has fascinated him for half a century. Filled with anecdotes and memories, and all told with Naughtie’s characteristic wit and enthusiasm, On the Road looks at what it means to be American in an ever changing world.

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Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason: House of Music with short musical recital

October 8 @ 18:00 - 19:00
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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£17.50

Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason, mother of seven children, aged 10 to 24, all classically trained musicians, including cellist Sheku, who played at Prince Harry's wedding, talks about raising her extraordinary family against the odds, and her inspirational memoir. She will be joined on stage by daughter Konya Kanneh-Mason, a rising star in the classical music world, who will give a short recital.

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Gyles Brandreth: An Evening of Theatrical Anecdotes

October 10 @ 19:00 - 20:00
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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£20

Writer and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth presents an entertaining evening of theatrical mishaps and missed cues, indiscreet asides and dramatic first nights, with anecdotes taken from his new anthology. Sponsored by Guildford Arts, it's the perfect evening for theatre-lovers. Enjoy the show!

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