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Keir Giles, Moscow Rules:What Drives Russia to Confront the West

Keir Giles, Moscow Rules:What Drives Russia to Confront the West

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Friday 8 Nov 20197:45pm Book Now (Early bird £1 off till 1st Nov.)

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


Keir Giles


Moscow Rules: What Drives Russia to Confront the West


Friday, 8th November 2019, at 7:45pm


Fletton House, The Oundle Suite

Glapthorn Rd, Oundle, PE8 4JA


Tickets: £8/£6

Early bird discount £1 off till 1st November


This book is for anyone that cannot understand why Russia and its leaders behave as they do.


Russia and the West are like neighbours who never seem able to understand each other. A major reason, this book argues, is that Western leaders tend to think that Russia should act as a "rational" Western nation.


Keir Giles describes how Russian leaders have used consistent doctrinal and strategic approaches to the rest of the world. These approaches may seem deeply alien in the West but understanding them is essential for successful engagement with Moscow. Giles argues that understanding how Moscow's leaders think--not just Vladimir Putin but his predecessors and eventual successors--will help their counterparts in the West develop a less crisis-prone and more productive relationship with Russia.


“Keir Giles has explained with clarity, concision, and deep knowledge why Russia cannot be understood by Western criteria alone. His book is a much-needed antidote to simplistic judgements. It should be required reading for all who deal with Western policy towards Russia.”

—Sir Roderic Lyne, UK ambassador to Moscow 2000–04


Keir Giles's work has appeared in a wide range of academic and military publications across Europe and in North America, and he is a regular contributor and commentator on Russian affairs for international print and broadcast media. He is a Senior Consulting Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), as well as the Director of the Conflict Studies Research Centre (CSRC), a group of deep subject matter experts on Eurasian security formerly attached to the United Kingdom (UK) Ministry of Defence.


Sonia Purnell, A Woman of No Importance

Sonia Purnell, A Woman of No Importance

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Wednesday 4 Dec 20197:45pm Book Now (Early bird £1 off till 26th Nov)

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


Sonia Purnell


A Woman of No Importance


Wednesday, 4th December at 7:45pm


Fletton House, Oundle Suite

Glapthorn Rd, Oundle, PE8 4JA


Tickets: £8/£6


Early bird £1 off till 26th November




This book is a true-life thriller and breath-taking account of female heroism in WWII. It is a rich, deeply researched exploration of how the most unlikely of spies defied all the odds to triumph over the Gestapo; and how one woman broke through convention and prejudice to save Allied intelligence in France.


In 1942, the Gestapo would stop at nothing to track down a mysterious 'limping lady' who was fighting for the freedom of France. The Nazi chiefs issued a simple but urgent command: 'She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her.'


Their target was Virginia Hall, a glamorous American with a wooden leg who broke through the barriers against her gender and disability to be the first woman to infiltrate Vichy France for the SOE. In so doing she helped turn the course of the intelligence war.


Based on years of painstaking research and the release of previously secret sources, the incomparable story of Virginia Hall reveals how she confounded her detractors to become one of the greatest Allied agents of the war and an inspiration to her successors in the field to this day.

Sonia Purnell is a biographer and journalist who has worked for The Economist, Daily Telegraph, and Sunday Times. Her book First Lady: The Life and Wars of Clementine Churchill was chosen as a book of the year by the Daily Telegraph, Independent and Lenny Letter, and was shortlisted for the Plutarch Award for Best Biography. Her first book, Just Boris: A Tale of Blond Ambition, was longlisted for the Orwell prize.


Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah

Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah

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Friday 17 Jan 20207:45pm Book Now (Early bird £1 off till 10th Jan.)

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


Benjamin Zephaniah


The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah


Friday, 17th January, at 7:45pm


St Peter's Church, Oundle

North Street, PE8 4AL


Tickets: £10 general / £8 concessions


Early bird £1 off till 10th January 2020


Benjamin Zephaniah is a pioneer of performance poetry. His talent as a lyricist and storyteller emerged at a young age, he was unable to read and write at school but managed to overcome adversity to become one of Britain’s most remarkable poets. A vibrant music scene in the form of roots reggae and the sound system culture of the 1970s provided the backdrop to a teenage life that was, at every turn, encountering institutional racism.


Benjamin now speaks candidly of his time living outside the law, and how he broke away from the path his schoolteachers told him was inevitable.  His mission was to take poetry everywhere.


He was included in The Times list of Britain's top 50 post-war writers in 2008.


Benjamin is also an award-winning playwright, a novelist, political activist and musician. He has written several novels for teenagers and is an outspoken campaigner for human and animal rights.


Benjamin will be in conversation with Sophie Raudnitz talking about his thought-provoking autobiography, The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah. Published in May 2018 this book was shortlisted for the National Book Awards and the Costa book Awards. He will talk about how he fought injustice and discrimination to lead a remarkable life and will share a selection of favourite stories and poems.


Simon Brett: Tickled to Death

Simon Brett: Tickled to Death

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Friday 21 Feb 20207:45pm Book Now (Early bird £1 off till 14th Feb)

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


Simon Brett: Tickled to Death


Friday, 21st February, at 7:45pm


St Peter's Church, Oundle

North Street, PE8 4AL


Tickets:  £8 general / £6 concessions

Early bird £1 off discount till 14th February 2020


Simon Brett has published over a hundred books, many of them crime novels, including the Charles Paris, Mrs Pargeter, Fethering and Blotto & Twinks series. Two new Fethering novels have been published this year: The Liar in the Library and The Killer in the Choir.


His stand-alone thriller, A Shock to the System, was made into a feature film, starring Michael Caine.


Simon’s writing for radio and television includes After Henry, No Commitments and Smelling of Roses. Bill Nighy plays Charles Paris in the Radio 4 adaptations of his books.


In 2014 Simon was presented with the Crime Writers’ Association’s top award, the Diamond Dagger, and he was made an O.B.E. in the 2016 New Year’s Honours ‘for services to literature’.


‘A new Simon Brett is an event for mystery fans’ P. D. James


We are thrilled to be hosting another visit to Oundle by Simon, who will be talking about his life and work.



David Starkey: Boris Johnson: Churchill, Charles II or Coco ...

David Starkey: Boris Johnson: Churchill, Charles II or Coco ...

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Saturday 29 Feb 20207:00pm Book Now

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


David Starkey

Boris Johnson: Churchill, Charles II or Coco the Clown?


Saturday, 29th February


7:00pm - 8:30pm


The Great Hall, Oundle

New Street, PE8 4GH


Tickets:

£16 general / £14 concession


Join us for an intriguing and entertaining talk with David Starkey a brilliant, engaging, and often controversial speaker and arguably one of the country’s most respected and colourful historians.


Who is our most unexpected prime minister? Is Boris Johnson Churchill reborn, as he seems to believe? Is he another Charles II, caught between the irreconcilable factions of Remainers and Brexiteers, and destined to betray both? Or is he just plain old Coco the Clown, as his previous buffoonish behaviour led almost everyone to think?


In this lecture David Starkey blends his knowledge of history and current politics into a sparkling, (and very strong), cocktail.


David Starkey is a Cambridge educated grammar schoolboy who became a respected LSE lecturer. He was a uniquely abrasive debater on Radio 4’s Moral Maze, a controversial contributor to Question Time, and the creator and presenter of many very popular historical TV series.


In 1984 David was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and in 1994 a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. He was also given an Honorary Fellowship at his Cambridge College, Fitzwilliam College. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2007 Birthday Honours for services to history.