Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival

Friday 13th - Monday 16th November 2015

Four days of literary fun in the heart of NW3! Enjoy a free Young Readers Afternoon on Saturday including workshops and tea. Not just that but fabulous authors including Andrew Marr, Tony Little, Lauren Child, Daphne Selph, journalist Tanya Gold and renowned historian Max Hastings, plus much more...


Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival

Maajid Nawaz

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Radical: My journey from Islamist Extremism to a Democratic Awakening

Author and Founding Chairman of the global think tank Quilliam, Maajid Nawaz shares his life story, an insiders experience of radical Islamism in Britain today.

“Imagine Homeland crossed with Skins, and you will get some idea of what a gripping, revelatory book this is. Unputdownable.” Tom Holland

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Lauren Child

Lauren ChildLauren Child

Hey, buster! Normal life is a total yawn. Break out of boredom with Ruby Redfort, the super-awesome teen detective series from multi-million-copy bestseller Lauren Child

Want to know more? Of course you do, bozo.

Here’s the low-down on Ruby Redfort: she’s a genius code-cracker, a daring detective, and a gadget-laden special agent who just happens to be a thirteen-year-old girl. She and her slick sidekick butler, Hitch, foil crimes and get into loads of scrapes with evil villains, but they’re always ice-cool in a crisis.

Lauren Child discusses Pick Your Poison, the latest book in her acclaimed Ruby Redfort series.

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Deborah Moggach

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Best-selling author of Tulip Fever and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which was made into a top grossing film starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggi Smith, Deborah’s new novel, Something to Hide, is a warm, witty and wise novel about the unexpected twists that later life can bring.

Petra's romantic life has always been a car-crash, and even in her sixties she's still capable of getting it disastrously wrong. But then she falls in love with Jeremy, an old chum, visiting from abroad. The fatal catch? Jeremy is her best friend's husband!

But just as Petra is beginning to relax into her happy ever after, she finds herself catapulted to West Africa, and to Bev, her best friend who she’s been betraying so spectacularly. Meanwhile, on opposite sides of the world, two other women are also struggling with the weight of betrayal: Texan Lorrie is about embark on the biggest deception of her life, and in China Li-Jing is trying to understand exactly what it is her husband does on his West African business trips… 

Can Bev – can anyone – be trusted? It turns out that no matter where you are in the world, everybody has something to hide.

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Andrew Marr

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Best-selling novelist, acclaimed broadcaster and journalist, Andrew Marr discusses his two latest books, a novel, Children of the Master and We British: An Epic in Poetry. More than just an anthology, We British tells the story of Britain through its poetry. This is the story of Britain told from the inside.

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Lisa Jewell and Marina Fiorato

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Marina FioratoMarina Fiorato

Novelist Lisa Jewell and historical fiction writer Marina Fiorato focus on their new books to illustrate their craft. How do the genres of fiction and historical fiction differ? How do they choose their subjects? And how do they go about writing their books?

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