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Tuesday November 14

Glass Houses: Sandra Howard
The Grand Price: £8 Concession: £7

The Sunday after a general election, Victoria James receives a call from Downing Street. High office awaits and life as she knows it for her, her husband and their daughter will never be quite the same. But nothing has prepared her for a love affair that throws her completely off-balance, a love affair with a married man so well known in media circles that it can only be a matter of time before everyone knows their secret...

Sandra Howard brings her insights into political life to her first novel, Glass Houses, mixing intrigue, fast-paced plotting and passionate romance.

The Woman in the Picture: James Wilson
The Grand Price: £6 Concession: £5

Opening with a desperate pilgrimage to the dying Weimar Republic in 1927, The Woman in the Picture tells the story of English film-maker Henry Whitaker during the inter-war years, as he yearns to create a meaningful feature film of his own. Interwoven with Henry’s narrative is the present-day quest of his daughter, Miranda, to understand what happened to her mother. James Wilson, author of The Bastard Boy, draws these two strands together in an impassioned novel about love, war and art.

Festival Read Book Club - Homage to Catalonia: Dr Martin Hyde
The Grand Price: £0

This event is free

Dr Martin Hyde from Canterbury Christ Church University leads an open discussion on this year’s Festival Read, George Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia, in its context of the Spanish Civil War and the life and work of its author.

Be Near Me: Andrew O’Hagan
The Grand Price: £6 Concession: £5

When an English priest takes over a small Scottish parish, not everyone is ready to accept him. He makes friends with two local youths and clashes with a world he can barely understand. Fate comes calling and before the summer is out his quiet life is the focus of public hysteria.

Be Near Me is a story of art and politics, love and change, and a book about the way we live now, from the James Tait Black Memorial prize-winning author of Personality.

Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins: Rupert Everett
The Leas Cliff Hall Price: £8 Concession: £7

An element of drama has always attended Rupert Everett, even before he swept to fame with his outstanding performance in 'Another Country'. He was in Moscow during the fall of communism; in Berlin the night the wall came down; and in downtown Manhattan on September 11th 2001. By the age of 17 he was friends with Andy Warhol and Bianca Jagger, and since then he has been up close and personal with some of the most famous women in the world: Julia Roberts, Madonna, Sharon Stone and Donatella Versace. Whether sweeping the floor for the Royal Shakespeare Company or co- starring with Faye Dunaway and an orang-utan in Dunstan Checks In (they both took ages to get ready), Rupert Everett always brings as much energy and talent to his life as he does to his career.

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